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Prattville High's coach Jamey DuBose with players before the season started.


Ok, we don't want to definitively say this has to be record, but, really, doesn't this have to be some kind of record?

At Prattville (Ala.) on National Signing Day, 29 players signed Letters of Intent or committed to play football in college. Yes, 29 as in one less than 30, from a senior class of 42 players.

It's not surprising the program's players were in high demand, as the Lions won the state Class 6A title this past season and finished ranked No. 22 in the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.

Wide receiver Justin Thomas was the most high-profile signee, as he was ranked as the No. 113 recruit nationally by MaxPreps. Thomas signed with Georgia Tech.

Defensive tackle Justin Shanks, who signed to play at Florida State and was ranked No. 21 at his position by MaxPreps at his position, perfectly summed up the day's meaning.

"I remember from the first day in ninth grade, they were saying this class will be one of the biggest ever once we become seniors," Shanks told the Montgomery Advertiser. "To have 29 guys sign out of 42, that's great. It doesn't matter if you're going D-I or D-II as long as you're going to college."

The celebration took place only a couple of days after successful head coach Jamey DuBose resigned to take the same position at Florence (Ala.). He went 42-13 during his eight-year tenure, which included time as an assistant.

Despite the overwhelming numbers of college prospects, DuBose didn't want to label this outgoing class as the best ever.

"I don't know if this group is the best of all-time or most talented, but it is the most decorated and highly recruited," DuBose told the newspaper. "Don't get me wrong, this one is up there with talent also, but it's tough to say over the past eight years that I've been here to really tag it as the best."

MaxPreps 2012 National Signing Day page