Former Thomson assistant coach John Barnett remembers years when the football team won nine or 10 games without having a single player sign to play in college.
This wasn't the case on Feb. 2, National Signing Day.
Five Bulldogs signed with colleges, with four moving on to play collegiate football.
Jacoby Crawford and Anthony Moss signed with Tuskegee University for football. Leroy Cummings will head to Savannah State and play football, Ronald Jackson is off to Concordia College (Ala.) for football, and Dontavious Brown will play baseball at Savannah State.
Cummings said Savannah State is growing as a school and as a football program, and the Tigers were accepted to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2010.
The league competes at the FCS level in Division I.
The five players helped Thomson go 9-3 this past football season, with the Bulldogs reaching the second round of the Class AAA playoffs in coach Luther Welsh's final season.
Tuskegee athletic Hall of Famer George Drake was on hand for the signings, and he said having Crawford and Moss sign means a lot to him.
Drake, who wore a Tuskegee shirt and hat to the signing event, played football and baseball at Tuskegee, graduating in 1959.
Crawford said he's looking forward to playing with a Thomson teammate at the next level, saying the two are like brothers.
"It's just an opportunity," Crawford. "Everybody doesn't get this chance."