Seven seniors who played key roles in the football revival at Keenan the past two seasons signed college scholarship offers at the school on Tuesday morning.
The list includes Phillip George, James Barnes, Dennis Rowe, Kyari Williams, William Moore, Tajh Wimbush and Chad Jasper.
“We are extremely proud of these young men who played such a key role in our success,” said Raiders coach Mitch Moton.
George, who virtually never left the field while drawing regular duty on offense, defense and special teams, signed at Coastal Carolina of the Big South Conference. George was an all-region and all-state pick this season and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach, where he won the Doug Shaw Award.
“I was very hard on him, but Phillip is everything you want a student-athlete to be,” said Moton.
Barnes, a four-year starter at center and on the defensive line, will continue his playing career at Georgia Military College. He was an all-state pick this season, was named the Class 2A defensive player of the year and was a member of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team.
Rowe, who played football this past fall for the first time since his freshman year, emerged as a big-play receiver in his Raiders debut, catching 55 passes for 1,155 yards. Though still raw, he exhibited enough potent to rate several scholarship offers. He settled on South Carolina State to play under former Keenan coach Buddy Pough.
Williams, Moore, Wimbush and Jasper all signed to play at Feather River Junior College in Quincy, Calif.
Williams was a two-way starter who finished with 65 tackles on defense and caught 30 passes on offense and scored 10 touchdowns.
Moore handled the Raiders' kicking chores and was an outstanding blocker at fullback in addition to gaining more than 300 yards rushing.
Wimbush had 95 tackles and three interceptions on defense at linebacker.
Jasper, a transfer from Dreher, had 63 catches for 912 yards and eight touchdowns in his one season with the Raiders at wide receiver.