ALBANY -- Trent Brown was 6 years old the first time he heard about National Signing Day.
It's been on his mind since.
"I've been waiting for this day for a long time,'' said Brown, who signed with Georgia Military College on Monday afternoon at Westover High, amid friends and family.
Brown didn't sign on National Signing Day last Wednesday because he was till unsure of his future, but he said Monday that he planned on going to Georgia Military in Milledgeville for two years and then plans to move on to a bigger school.
No one doubts Brown's ambition -- a future as big as Brown himself. You would expect big things from a big man, and Brown's 6-foot-7, 290-pound frame gives you an idea of why The Herald All-Area offensive lineman from Westover thinks big.
"I'm looking forward to seeing him go on and do great things in the future,'' said Westover coach Octavia Jones, who built his running game around (well, literally, behind) Brown. "I wish we had him three more years.''
Westover had Brown for only six games. There was a technical snag in his transfer from Deerfield-Windsor to Westover, even though Brown has lived in the Westover school district for years, and he had to sit out four games until the issue was resolved through an appeals process with the GHSA.
"I had to come back and knock a little of the rust off when I finally got a chance to play,'' Brown said. "But I finished strong.''
Without a doubt.
"He was our best offensive lineman,'' Jones said. "He graded out at 93 percent, and he solidified our running game. Our success in running the ball was due in large part to him.''
Brown was thrilled to be accepting a scholarship.
"It's a long time coming,'' Brown said. "I've been waiting for this day for so long, ever since I knew what National Signing Day was. I remember hearing about it when I was about 6. My dad used to watch it every year on ESPN, so I grew up knowing what it was.''
By the time Brown was in middle school, he was thinking about playing college football.
"I knew (back then) that I was going to go to school somewhere to play football,'' said Brown, who is also a big part of Westover's basketball program. "I knew I didn't want to play any other sport in college, and thought about this day coming when I would sign to play football. I thought about it for a long time.''