WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hoggard High School’s Isaiah Kemp and Chris Toudle grew up playing football together.
Over the last four years, the two have won together, lost together, and on Wednesday, they signed national letters of intent together.
Kemp, a cornerback, is headed to Durham to play at Duke.
“I have dreamed about it for a long time, since I was able to watch football so when it happened, it’s surreal,” Kemp said.
Toudle signed with N.C. State, but the receiver didn’t cheer for the Wolfpack when he was younger.
“Honestly, I grew up a Carolina fan,” said Toudle. “I made that switch. Now I hate Carolina to be honest.”
Toudle and Kemp push one another to get better and they credit that mutual motivation for helping them get noticed by ACC schools.
“We really challenge each other a lot during football season, getting after it,” said Kemp.
“Both Isaiah and Chris have improved each year and have been great on the field for us,” added Hoggard coach Craig Underwood. “To see that pay off, and for both to go to school and play at an elite football conference, it’s a great day for them and this football program.”
With their high school careers over, Toudle and Kemp now look forward to battling each other in college.
“That is insane to think about,” said Toudle. “It’s crazy, but it’s going to be fun in the future.”