Nine seniors from Fountain-Fort Carson signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

Kiana Jackson is heading to Colorado Mesa University for track, Jarrett Cruz signed to Oklahoma Panhandle State, Gabe Elliott is going to Fresno City College, safety Erik Rolle signed to McPherson College while running back Eric Donnell and linebackers Iousa Maika and Jarren Sly signed to Colorado State-Pueblo. Running back Gavin Green signed to Northern Colorado, being the only Trojan to sign to a Division I school.

With so many players going to established programs, second-year football coach Jake Novotny said this group was instrumental in helping build a culture for the program after he took over coaching when legendary coach Mitch Johnson retired in 2016.

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"This is really the group that kind of started seeing the vision and where we want to go," Novotny said. "They are the ones that bought into what we're trying to do. I couldn't be prouder of these group of guys, it is a special class because they're very talented and very athletic and that's going to translate to the next level."

The Trojans have pulled off a couple big feats during Novotny's tenure, including upsetting Pine Creek in 2016 and defeating Doherty in the first Shield Game this past fall. But beyond the record, Novotny says he'll remember the relationships he built with his players the most.

"Hopefully they're calling me in five to 10 years saying 'Hey coach I'd love for you to come to my college graduation, my graduate school, come to my wedding' that's really the memories that you build and those are the type of things that I think are the most rewarding."

For Green the decision to attend UNC came in part from the great support he received from the Fountain community.

"My support system is absolutely great, I have the best family in the world, best coaches," he said. "The Fountain (community) they're all behind me, it's just a great thing, and it was a big factor in my decision for UNC."

Green first played baseball but then transitioned to football.

"It's my love, it's my passion."

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