Tigers celebrate seniors heading to college programs

WOODBERRY FOREST, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- DeQuece Carter is from Louisa County. He spent the last four years at Woodberry Forest School. But to play college football, Carter's next move is going to take him to New York City.

Carter was one of five Woodberry Forest seniors honored at a signing ceremony at the school on Wednesday morning. He's headed to Fordham next year, after committing to the Rams last month.

"It's a lot different from where I'm from and the high school I go to," he said with a smile. "But I want to study business, so I think New York City and studying business doesn't sound too bad."

Carter was the Prep League's player of the year as a senior with the Tigers, and according to Scrimmage Play, he'll leave Woodberry as the area's all-time leading receiver. He caught 58 passes for 1,067 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.

"I've dreamed of this day for a long time. Being able to play in college has always been a dream of mine, and today just made it come true," Carter said. "I definitely have to get bigger, faster and stronger. Because going from high school to college is a big difference. They want me to play right away, so that comes along with getting bigger, faster and stronger as well."

Academics also played a big role in Kyle Bilodeau's college decision. A three-star tight end, Bilodeau says he was initially attracted to Purdue because of the school's meteorology program.

"Purdue has a really strong major in that, so that was the first draw right off the bat for Purdue," Bilodeau explained. "Then when I got there and I talked to the coaches, they had a great plan for how they wanted to develop me. I kind of knew that was the right place for me right when I got to campus and got that first visit there. So I kind of knew when I knew."

The other football players honored both plan to continue their careers at the Division III level. Defensive back Jax Hill will play at Middlebury College in Vermont, a school he described at "Woodberry 2.0" on Wednesday. After enduring some injuries with the Tigers, Hill appreciates the opportunity to keep playing at all.

"It's really unbelievable. I've had to fight through so much adversity. All the injuries, both injuries. Breaking my ankle and tearing my meniscus," he said. "Coming back and being able to finish the season, play the last three and a half games, it felt great to get back out there. Today's a great day. It really is."

Linebacker John Harris says he wasn't sure he'd get a chance to play college football, until his recruiting profile grew as a senior with the Tigers. He picked Rhodes College in Tennessee as his next stop.

"For me, it's just something that's really special," Harris said. "I think it speaks on my character. It speaks on how these coaches prepared me to be a man and to be a better student and a better athlete. It means a lot."

Woodberry also recognized distance runner Riley Fletcher on Wednesday. He'll continue his running career at Richmond. For Fletcher, signing to compete at the Division I level is a labor of love.

"I know college running, we're about to run way more than we did in high school. And that's what I'm looking forward to most, actually," he said. "The next level of training, which will get me to the next level of success, I'm really, really looking forward to that and I think it's going to be a great next four years."

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