NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - With the stroke of a pen, Miron Williams' dream became a reality.
The 18-year-old McDonogh 35 senior will now play football for District 3 Stillman College in Tuscaloosa Ala.
"To come here in the eight grade, and to be dreaming of this day of signing, and for that day to come true - it's unbelievable," Williams said.
It's unbelievable because Williams beat all odds.
"The hood parts of the city never make it to signing day, and a lot of those kids have a lot of talent, but they fall to society," Williams said.
He's speaking from experience. At 13 years old, Williams had been kicked out of two schools and was heading down the wrong path. One day he stumbled onto the stomping grounds of DJ Jubilee, a former rapper-turned-mentor and coach to troubled teens at A.L. Davis Park.
"I had got expelled from Langston Academy and Lafayette Academy and was sent to an alternative school. One day I was by my grandmother's house around the corner from the park. I went there and tried out. He told me that I had talent," Williams said.
Coach Jubilee gave Williams lessons on more than just sports. He coached him in life. Four years ago, Williams talked to FOX 8 and told us that Jubilee was his rock.
"I talk to Jube about some of the most personal things in my life, and he gives me advice about how to overcome the obstacles," Williams said in that interview.
Williams said Jubilee took him out of that life. He picked him up every day for practice and even talked to the coach at McDonogh 35.
"Ya know, he could catch that ball. He was on all of our special teams, and he was the captain of our defense," Coach Wayne Reese said.
As his high school coach, Reese describes Williams as a hard worker who never gave up, despite one obstacle after the next.
"Ya know, God may put a cross on your back, but he wants to find out if you can carry it," Reese said.
In his sophomore year at Mc Donogh 35, Williams suffered another blow.
"After I left park ball, my father got killed," Williams said. The murder devastated Williams, but he persevered.
"Miron has been through so much more in his life than I did. He lost his father, and then the hurricane struck on his birthday. He's the strongest individual I ever met in my life," said Williams' older brother, Maurice. "He turned it around. He was able to channel that energy into something positive. By the grace of God, he made a 180, and here we are today."
Watching his brother sign meant the world.
"We're extremely proud of him. I don't think I ever cried tears of joy, but this is a joyous feeling just to see him achieve those dreams," Maurice said.
Williams said his ultimate goal is to one day play for the NFL. No matter what, he said he'll focus on his studies, and if the NFL doesn't work out, he wants to become a football coach.