(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A week removed from signing day, there's still cause for celebration for the Fighting Irish.
QB/WR D'Treal Stone, WR/LB Austin Day, LB E'lon White, and OL Bryce Denton formally signed their letters of intent Tuesday to play college football.
"It's a lot of fun to have multiple teammates sign with me," Northwest signee Denton said. "I don't think we've had this many for a while."
"It starts from when we came as freshman. We had a crew, a pack," Midland University signee Day said. "We grew up from little kids to being teenagers. We all kind of stayed together and had each other's back. We fought like a family, that's who we were."
The schools range from the FCS to NAIA level and each player is eager to get acquainted with their next crop of teammates.
"A lot of good players on this team. Good team, good program starting to build," South Dakota State signee Stone said.
"The atmosphere, the coaches, the players there, the small classroom size and the stuff they achieve academically... I liked it all," Benedictine signee White said.
After a 7-3 senior season resulted in another playoff berth, there was no shortage of appreciation from the players for Lafayette's program and head coach Paul Woolard.
"He did a great job preparing us," Denton said. "One of the best coaches I think. He went out of his way to do a lot of stuff for us."
"Just pushing me, he knew I had it in me whenever I didn't or I was tired," White added. "He always pushed me to run that last lap on the track."
"He's coached me for so long, since being little," Stone said. "He has a big part in me being the man I am today. He taught me so many things and it's because of him I get to play at the next level."
What they want to leave behind is a message about how much Lafayette Football has grown.
"Us as a group going away, it's so much for this school and this program just to have everybody around us know Lafayette's coming around," Day said.
DL Austin Drennan was also in attendance, who also committed to Benedictine. DB Travis Webster and DB Kenny Grant also plan to walk on at Missouri Western.