The District’s Friendship Collegiate was a major player in national college football signing day last week. The public charter school announced that 19 students received full college scholarships to play football next season, including the nation’s second-ranked prospect, Eddie Goldman, who signed with Florida State University. The school hosted a media event on Feb. 1 with several members of the D.C. government in attendance, including Mayor Vincent Gray.

“These young men are being rewarded for hard work in the classroom and on the football field. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our teachers, we are that confident they will carry on Friendship’s tradition of being student athletes,” Donald Hense, chairman of Friendship Public Charter School, said in a statement. “We wish them every success in their journey through college.”

In addition to the highly-rated Goldman, running back Albert Reid, who finished as the District’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011, committed to Maryland. Reid originally committed to West Virginia before changing back to his hometown college. Friendship finished 9-1 last season, playing a national slate of games against some of the top schools in the country. The list of schools among the 19 signees include Bowie State, Virginia State and Morgan State.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO