Josh Cooper and Hayes Linn signed Feb. 6 in the school media center. They were joined by family and teammates for their signings and a small reception.
“It went good. They’re both really good kids and great leaders for our program and now they’ve been rewarded with scholarships,” said head coach Frank Barden.
Linn was a wide receiver and defensive back for the ’Canes. He signed with Division I Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he will play for head coach Troy Calhoun in the Mountain West Conference.
Playing for Cartersville’s varsity team since his sophomore year, Linn was named as one of the team’s key returners for his senior year.
During his final high school season, Linn recorded 514 receiving yards off of 34 receptions, averaging 15.12 yards per catch, with seven receiving touchdowns.
Cooper also was a wide receiver and defensive back for the ’Canes.
He signed with Division I Mercer University in Macon, where he will play for head coach Bobby Lamb in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Being a part of the varsity program since his sophomore year, Cooper was one of the key returners for the team during his senior season.
As a senior, Cooper had 194 receiving yards off of 11 receptions, averaging 17.64 yards per catch. He also had two receiving touchdowns.
After coaching these players for their entire high school career, Barden said Cooper and Linn have both developed greatly since they began.
“They both developed into great leaders on and off the field and most importantly, they both went through the process of becoming a great player,” said Barden.
This year’s Purple Hurricanes finished 13-1 and advanced to the Class AAA state semifinals. For the seniors on this team, this was their last season of high school football and some are getting the chance to take their football to the next level and play in college.
Barden said he is pleased with the choices his players made.
“[It’s a] great fit for both and rewards all their hard work,” Barden said.
Barden also said both Cooper and Linn are players and students with “great character and work ethic” and he expects each of them to be successful at their respective schools.
“They will do great,” said Barden.
Adairsville also had a signing as Cole McCreary signed a partial football scholarship to Division III Berry College — the rest of his scholarship was academic – where he’ll play for head coach Tony Kunczewski.
“He’s very patient. He didn’t start until his senior year and did a good job for us,” said head coach Jim Kremer.