Discovery signees (left to right) Kobe Johnson, Wilson Ruiz, Mustafa Alkhatib and Blamassi Meite pose for a photo Signing Day Frenzy at Stars and Strikes in Dacula on Wednesday. (Photo: Will Hammock)

North Dakota State University’s football program canceled its National Signing Day celebration because of the weather, both snow and subzero temperatures, in Fargo.

That type of climate awaits two Gwinnett seniors, Peachtree Ridge defensive back Dominic Jones and Discovery wide receiver Kobe Johnson, who signed with the powerhouse, which has won the past two FCS national championships and seven national titles in an eight-year span. The Bison coaching staff was steered to Gwinnett County by Oconee County football coach Travis Noland, the father of North Dakota State transfer signee Zeb Noland.

“(Noland) gave us some insight on where in Gwinnett County we need to go, what areas are under-recruited,” North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz told the Grand Forks Herald. “That’s an area where there are a ton of college level and Division I players. I think we’ll continue to go down there.”

Jones, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back, and Johnson, a 5-9, 165-pound wide receiver, are the only two Georgia high school signees in the class. They will be two of three Georgians on the Bison roster, joining Zeb Noland.

The distance to North Dakota State and the weather didn’t deter the two Gwinnett players, Johnson said.

“It’s really far away from home, about a 20-hour drive or about a two-hour plane ride, so it’s really not that bad,” he said. “Getting up to that campus it was beautiful. I didn’t expect it to be such a nice city like that. I didn’t know what to expect but I definitely wasn’t expecting that. The coaching staff, the players, the whole atmosphere, they have a positive attitude and that’s something I want to be a part of.

“They’ve won seven of the last eight national championships. They’re one of the top schools in FCS football. It feels great to be a part of it. … I’m not used to the cold. I’m from Georgia. It’s ice cold up there. There’s snow everywhere. The weather’s not going to bother me when I’m playing football. They have a dome. They have indoor facilities. So that won’t affect me.”


Peachtree Ridge's Dominic Jones, middle, will play college football for North Dakota State. (Special photo)

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