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A dream delayed, but not denied, for Mungin
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ECHS senior Daniel Mungin hugs his mother Phaedra after he signed a letter of intent with Louisburg (N.C.) College. Alongside are his father Daniel Mungin and back, from left to right, coaches Mike Ward and Jack Webb. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Daniel Mungin made one trip to Louisburg, N.C. That was all it took to sell the Effingham County High School senior on the place.

Mungin signed with Louisburg College on Wednesday morning and will play football for the two-year school beginning next fall.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Mungin, a 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker. “It has always been a big dream for me, just the opportunity to keep playing football. I saw an opportunity, and I took it.”

Mungin, who started playing football when he was 6 years old, led the Rebels in tackles with 91 in the 2007 season and also had one fumble recovery and an interception.

“He’s come a long way,” said ECHS athletic director Tim Hood. “We’re very proud of him.”

Said Rebels linebackers coach Mike Ward: “He’s been a pleasure to coach.”

Rebels football coach Jack Webb also extolled Mungin’s abilities as a leader.

“You’ve been a real asset,” he said to Mungin.

Mungin himself didn’t think he was much of a leader at the start of his senior season.

“But as the season goes on, you don’t want to lose, so the role came to me,” he said.

Louisburg’s coaches have been pursuing Mungin relentlessly, and he made a visit to the campus Monday.

“The coaches were nice,” he said. “I like all the players.”

The official signing period started a month ago, and Mungin has been waiting since.

“I thought it would be sooner,” he said. “But I had to wait to get the best opportunity for me.”

Mungin expects to play outside linebacker for the Hurricanes and could wind up playing as a rover, he said.

The Hurricanes restarted their program in 2005 after a 70-year hiatus and is the only football program among North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia schools in the NJCAA. The school, the oldest junior college in the nation, is 215 years old and is in a town of about 4,000 people, 30 minutes from Raleigh.

“It reminded me a lot of Effingham,” Mungin said.

It also helps that the Hurricanes will play Georgia Military College twice, bringing him closer to home at least once next season.

Mungin also plans to going on to a four-year school once his playing days at Louisburg are done.