MINERAL, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Austin Mills was flanked on either side Wednesday morning by classmates headed to college football programs. He too once dreamed to playing football after high school.
Instead, another sport won the heart of the Louisa County High School senior.
"When I was little, the NFL was my dream. But wrestling always meant something more to me, in my opinion," Mills admitted.
Mills was one of five Louisa County seniors who were honored at a Signing Day ceremony Wednesday morning. He'll continue his wrestling career next year at Southern Virginia.
"It's just a great opportunity," Mills said. "Not many kids go on to wrestle in college, so I'm just glad that I'm going to be one of those few to keep going."
Mills was surrounded at the table by four Lions planning to continue chasing their football dreams in college. Receiver Mark Carter, who will attend UVA-Wise, sees the opportunity as a chance to set a good example for the next generation of Louisa County football players.
"It means a lot," Carter said. "It means that hey, kids that grow up, they can do the same, next thing as I do."
Lineman Robbie Guinn will head to Bridgewater after graduation. He plans to use the opportunity to get some on-the-job training for a career after college.
"It means the world to me," Guinn explained. "I want to be a football coach once I get out of college. And learning the skills and learning how in-depth a collegiate program is, it's a lot."
Isaiah Nichols will head to another in-state ODAC football program at Shenandoah, where he'll play cornerback for the Hornets -- and hopes to push for early playing time on defense. Nichols just made his college decision this past weekend after a visit to Shenandoah.
"When I went there, I just knew," Nichols recalled. "I was like, this is where I want to be. This is where I want to spend the next four years."
Ben Froschauer played both linebacker and fullback for the Lions, and was also a key contributor on special teams. He'll head north to Pennsylvania this summer, when he joins the football program at Juniata.
"I'm just happy to represent Louisa County. It's a great county," Froschauer said. "Ever since I was little, everything's tight-knit. I just love being able to represent it."