Northside High added three more to its football signees this past school season when Marcus Jolly, Greguencio Coger and Eric Fleming all signed scholarships.
In a ceremony at the school May 17, Jolly inked a letter of intent to Albany State, Coger to Iowa Weslyn and Fleming to Huntington College in Alabama.
Jolly, Eagles Head Coach Kevin Kinsler said, had a really good sophomore year, but was bothered by a hamstring problem that “just wouldn’t go away,” his junior year. “But, he came back his senior year and had a really successful year,” Kinsler said. He added of the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder who played a “variety of positions” for Northside: “I think Albany State (the Golden Rams were 6-4 this past season) has got a really good player and I think he is a steal. I really believe that, and I think once he gets down there, a lot of people when they realize they’ve got to play against him, they’ll realize what a steal it was.”
Coger, Kinsler said, might be headed a long way from home – to a Tigers program that finished 2-8 this past season, “but I think he’s the kind of player, with his spirit … he has a very competitive spirit on the football field … and I think if he’ll use that, I don’t think it matters where he goes, he’ll do just fine.”
Kinsler continued of the 6-foot, 185-pound defensive end, that he didn’t fit the typical frame for that position. “He’s a little undersized,” Kinsler said of the two-year starter. However, “He made up for it with his effort. He has tremendous heart. And so many coaches we played against would always comment, ‘Who is that end? Who is that end? We couldn’t block him.’
“Or, his motor … he had a great motor. Always complimenting the way he played, the fact he was making plays all the time. He was a very fierce pass rusher. Always putting pressure on the quarterback even when he didn’t get a sack. They always knew where number 52 was.”
Fleming, at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, played defensive line for Northside. He will joining a Hawks football team that finished 9-2 this past season – falling to Berry in the first round of the NCAA championships.
“I can still remember when Eric came over as a youngster,” Kinsler said. “He was about 6-1 and ‘that big around’ (making a small circle with his fingers). And he’s worked really hard throughout the years.
“He’s one of those guys, I guess you could call a ‘self-made’ player. He worked really hard in the weight room. He worked really hard out on the field to make himself a better player.”
He continued: “He was kind of what you would call a journeyman. He might not have had these great skill sets, but he worked himself into being a big contributor for us the last three years.”