Ze’Vian Capers wanted to make his moment count.
He was the last of the four Denmark football players signing with their respective college programs Wednesday morning in front of teammates, friends and parents in what was the first football signing event in the school’s history. Unlike the three who announced their college choices before him, though, Capers wasn’t wearing any gear or colors that would hint at his choice as he walked to the front of the room with his family.
His commitment wasn’t a secret, but as he hopes to do at the next level, Capers opted to put on a show. Any chance of a shocker was quickly put to bed when Capers reached into a hidden bag and pulled out a bright orange Auburn hat and unbuttoned his Denmark letterman jacket to reveal a matching Auburn hoodie he was wearing underneath.
Capers, a highly coveted prospect who was Denmark’s primary offensive playmaker in the program’s first two years, hopes to put on the same kind of dramatic flair with the Tigers, where he believes he’ll have a chance to make an immediate impact. The four-star wideout finished his senior season with 45 catches for 922 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“I'd say this was probably the best day of my life,” Capers said. “I never thought I would be signing and it's crazy.
“It’s a dream come true. I never thought I would see this day but God is good and it’s time to move on to the next stage of my life. I'm looking forward to college.”
And Capers wasn’t alone, with running back Jordan Brunson and linebackers Nick Carozza and CJ Ford also signing.
Like Capers, Brunson will head to a Power Five conference, signing with Virginia Tech. He spent his senior year at Denmark after three years at South Forsyth, ending his 2019 season with 95 carries for 670 yards and nine rushing scores, averaging 7.1 yards per carry.
“It's everything I ever worked for ever since I was 5 years old,” Brunson said. “It's very special to me. It sometimes doesn't even feel real, even now. I'm just glad I'm here.
“I saw a place where I was comfortable and the coaching staff (showed) nothing but love to me. It's just a special place.”
Carozza will spend his college career at Austin Peay after racking up 47 tackles, seven tackles for loss and a sack as a senior.
Ford, who came to Denmark with Brunson this year, will play at Elon University. He registered 78 tackles, seven for loss, with two sacks and two forced fumbles during the 2019 season.
As Denmark athletic director Jamie Corr noted, all four of his school’s signees came in during the middle of their high school careers. The Danes are anticipating more football signings in the near future, and they are excited about the foundation they've set.
“It feels great,” Capers said. “I'm just setting the stone for the kids that we have now, the freshmen and sophomores. We're the first class to ever graduate, so we’re just setting the stone for everybody else to follow in our footsteps."