Saks' Demario Burnett (left) at his school's National Signing Day ceremony with teammate Demetrius Powell. Burnett is headed to Butler County (Kan.) Community College, while Powell plans to attend Alabama Prep Academy.

Saks’ Demario Burnett and Demetrius Powell made it official Wednesday and hope to have signalled the official beginning of something bigger.

Burnett, a 6-foot-5 defensive end with all apparent raw potential, signed with Butler County (Kan.) Community College. Powell, an athlete with potential at several positions, signed with the new Alabama Prep Academy in Columbiana.

Both hope to parlay their first college moves into something bigger.

“Butler has one of the best defensive structures that I’ve seen so far, so I’m taking on that challenge to escillate and go to that next level,” Burnett said.

Burnett, an All-Calhoun County Class 4A-6A pick for 2015, had 74 tackles, with eight for loss, including three sacks.

Powell, a wide receiver and linebacker and all-county pick, had 1,351 total yards and 18 touchdowns. On defense, he amassed 98 solo tackles, 40 assists, three sacks and an interception.

Like Burnett, he hopes to wind up at a four-year college but wanted to stay close to home for now.

“I had a choice between staying home and going to a prep school in Louisiana,” he said. “I wanted my family to come and see me play.”

Saks running back Calvin Figueroa, the county 4A-6A player of the year after rushing for 2,151 yards, continues to weigh options, Saks coach Jonathan Miller said.

Sports Columnist Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On Twitter: @jmedley_star.