A pair of former area high school football stars have signed free agent contracts with NFL teams following the conclusion of the NFL Draft Saturday night.
Franko House, who was a two-sport standout at Concord High School, has signed with the Chicago Bears.
Gehrig Dieter, a former star wide receiver at South Bend Washington High School, has inked a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
House signs with the Bears despite never playing a down of college football. The former tight end spend the last four years playing basketball at Ball State University.
House, a 6-6, 248-pounder, becomes the second former Minutemen in the NFL. Jason Spriggs, an offensive tackle who played at Indiana University, was drafted in the second round in 2016 by the Green Bay Packers.
House, a 2013 Concord graduate, and Spriggs, a 2012 CHS alum, both played football for Tim Dawson and basketball for Steve Austin as Minutemen.
Dieter spent his final collegiate season playing for Alabama last fall. He had 15 catches, including four touchdowns in his lone season with the Crimson Tide.
Dieter originally enrolled at SMU after a record-setting career at Washington, but transferred to Bowling Green after his freshman year. He had 94 receptions for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2015 season for Bowling Green.
Alabama had a school-record total of 10 players selected during the three-day, seven-round NFL Draft.