Pillars of the Kinston High football program, All-Free Press All-Area linebackers Kevonte Bradford and Sincere McDonald, signed letters of intent to play football at junior college Louisburg on Monday morning.

Surrounded by classmates, family, and coaches the two Vikings inked on the dotted lines to become Hurricanes right next to each other. The two were bonded together as brothers because of football, and will now be taking their brotherhood to Louisburg, something they said were big reasons for signing.

“I got a chance to play with my brother again,” Bradford said. “We've been brothers since 7 years old. It feel good to play with my teammate again.”

McDonald said it felt good to sign with Bradford.  

“I've been knowing Kevonte ever since close to diapers, and me and him been playing together ever since rec football, middle school, and high school football," he said. "It’s a great feeling for me and him to play at the same school together.”

While both teammates wanted to play with each other, both had different reasons for why else it made sense.

“It was a great campus,” McDonald said. “When I got on campus, people just treated me right. I felt like it was a good place to go.”

Added Bradford: “I feel like the coaches keep it real. They don’t sugarcoat nothing.”

Bradford the quiet, hard hitting linebacker, seems to let his play do the talking, while McDonald was quick to brag about his close friend.

“Our tenth-grade year, Kevonte hit somebody so hard, his helmet came off, “ McDonald said.

Kinston coach Ryan Gieselman remembers that same hit, and said that was his favorite moment of the linebacker’s career as well.

“Game one of the season, he hit the quarterback at Farmville Central, and he hit him so hard, the helmet shot straight up in the air,” Gieselman said. “It was just one of those special moments you could hear across the field, and the game kind of just stopped and got real silent. It was probably one of the biggest hits I ever seen.”

Gieselman made it clear though that Bradford wasn’t the only one of the players that hit well.

“Against South Lenoir, and we moved him (McDonald) from D-line, to linebacker, and they were running trap or buck sweep, and the guard pulled, and he filled the hole, and absolutely destroyed the runningback in the backfield,” Gieselman said.

Gieselman said that both players would be missed. They both played four years for him.

“They’re what Kinston is all about: working hard, grinding it out, leaders on and off the field,” Gieselman said. “It’s a proud moment. It definitely is. It’s well deserved, and earned by those two guys there.”

Kai Jones can be contacted via email @ kjones@kinston.com or by calling 252-559-1078. You can follow him on twitter @MMJKaiJones as well.