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WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- With a stroke of a pen lives were changed. For the sixteen young men sitting at the dais set up in the gymnasium at Friendship Collegiate Academy, signing letters of intent wasn't just about football, it was also about getting college paid for.

Jalen Tabor was the headliner. He'll play on the big stage at the University of Florida. As he thanked his support system for helping him get to this moment, he choked up.

"I tried not to get emotional but as it got toward the end it just hit me," said Tabor.

But signing day stories are often about the lesser known players like Fousseni Traore. Traore and his family were once homeless and his mother's failing health has often made it difficult for the family to keep the bills paid. In his speech to the audience, Traore spoke proudly about being just the second man in his family to go to college.

"My mom needs a breakl. She's been working too hard. II think it's about time I stepped into the pedestal, about time I take over," said Traore.

The University of Albany is getting quite a young man.

"Thank God they found me because I truly believe they have a great computer science program," said Traore.

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