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Big day arrives for local players

The day is finally here.

High school football players have been mulling their college choices for months. Some decided last spring, like Collins Hill's Charles Perkins and North Gwinnett's Austin Shepherd.

Some have switched college choices, like Peachtree Ridge's Brad Roby from Vanderbilt to Ohio State.

Others just recently made college decisions. Those choices will become official today when more than 55 high school football players from Gwinnett will sign national letters of intent on National Signing Day.

Gwinnett County had 64 players sign last year on NSD, including 19 to Division I programs.

North Gwinnett is expected to have the largest signing class, with nine players already making commitments. Buford has eight and Peachtree Ridge has seven.

There are 14 players committed to Division I BCS schools and 12 of those are to SEC or ACC programs. The state of Georgia is well represented with players headed to six different in-state schools, ranging from Georgia and Georgia Tech to Georgia Southern and Valdosta State.

Freeman to pursue pre-med degree

Shiloh offensive lineman Bobby Freeman has committed to Davidson College, a highly regarded academic school in North Carolina. Freeman, who maintains a 3.62 GPA and has taken 10 Advanced Placement classes and honors courses, will pursue a pre-med curriculum.

Freeman was named the Generals' MVP last season and was selected to the Gwinnett all-star game.

Dixon commits to Buffalo

Cordero Dixon's junior season was derailed by injury, but the North Gwinnett receiver never it let hurt his college options. Dixon committed to the University of Buffalo, a Division I program that played in the International Bowl two seasons ago.

Dixon was among the county leaders in receptions last year with 47 catches for 539 yards and five touchdowns.

Justin Dickens (Mercyhurst, Pa.), Jon Gibson-Green (Carson-Newman), Cody Gower (Quincy College, Ill.), Ajo Ojolola (Murray State), David Park (University of Pennsylvania) and Trey Sims (South Alabama) are also expected to sign today.

Ja'Wuan James (Tennessee) and Austin Shepherd (Alabama) graduated early and have already enrolled in college.

Barker picks Brevard

Brookwood linebacker Donovan Barker has committed to Brevard College, a Division II school in North Carolina.

Barker posted 100 total tackles, including 11 for losses and 21/2 sacks last season for the Broncos.

Eagles' Bayer headed to Lenoir-Rhyne

Defensive tackle Jimmy Bayer, Gwinnett County's leading sacker last season, has committed to Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Collins Hill senior made 12 sacks and posted 46 tackles to earn first-team all-county honors. He is the son of Jim and Kate Bayer.

Bailey to sign with Tech

Loganville offensive lineman Morgan Bailey will sign with Georgia Tech today at 3 p.m. in the school's auditorium.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Morgan was rated one of the top linemen in the state and led the Red Devils to a first-round playoff appearance.