National Signing Day Area Roundup
Coverage Of Signings At Four Area High Schools
Happy National Signing Day. It’s the first day, after the early signing period in December, when high school football players can sign with colleges.
It’s also the day high school athletes in other sports can sign as well.
My first National Signing Day stop, Crab Nation. Four Calhoun athletes, signing with colleges. Two All-State offensive linemen, Heath Henke and Caleb Harrington, signing with Harding University in Arkansas. Conner Kestler, district Most Valuable Player in football, signing for baseball with Blinn Junior College. Catherine Hernandez, All-District softball player for the Sandies, signing with Texas Southern. I talked with these Calhoun college signees.
Said Henke, “It’s a really big day. I’ve dreamed about this day my whole life, my whole football career. ”
Said Harrington, “This day is just absolutely amazing. It’s such a huge day for me because this is what I’ve been working for. I’ve been wanting to go to college and play ball for a very long time.”
Said Kestler, “It’s a big day for us. Baseball’s been my love since I was little, and to have the opportunity to play at the next level is just unbelievable”
Said Hernandez, “It’s very exciting to know that I’ll continue my education and play softball somewhere that I love. It’s exciting, I can’t wait.”
Then I went to the St. Joe Dome for the largest Flyer National Signing Day event I’ve ever covered. KeAon Griffin, first team All-State running back and district Offensive Player Of The Year, signing with A&M-Kingsville along with teammate and first team All-District defensive back Jacoby Robinson. All-State offensive and defensive lineman D’Ary Patton, signing with Sam Houston State. Second team All-District quarterback J’Den Miller, signing with Texas Lutheran. Senior quarterback Jacob Bordovsky, the Flyers’ 2018 starter, signing with Trinity, coached by former Stroman Raider and Super Bowl Arizona Cardinal Jerheme Urban. Flyers baseball player Ricky Gonzales, signing with St. Edward’s. and Flyers’ diver Dawson Mozisek, signing with the University Of The Incarnate Word. I talked with these college-bound Flyers.
Said Patton, “It’s amazing. It’s been a dream to go to college free and just to show my athletic ability to everybody. I’m glad they gave me a chance. ”
Said Bordovsky, “It’s something for not only me but for all our guys. We’ve been working for this since we were little kids inside and outside of the classroom. It’s a blessing that we’re finally at this point and making this decision for the next part of our lives.”
Said Robinson, “It’s big. I’ve always wanted this. This will make my mom proud and my dad proud. I’m glad to be going with one of my teammates with me to Kingsville.”
Said Miller, “For me it’s a dream. I’ve always been waiting for this day and this moment to come. My family is proud of me for all of the things I did. ”
Said Griffin, “It’s amazing. I want to thank God, my family and my coaches. I know my family is proud of me and what I accomplished. I’m happy to do it for them.”
Said Mozisek, “It’s a big day. All my hard work has finally paid off and I’m just really happy. It’s a big day for my family as well. All my relatives came over so I’m really excited.”
Said Gonzales, “It’s really big. For the longest time I’ve wanted to play college baseball. It’s a lot of hard work and energy, blood, sweat and tears. It’s relieving to finally be here. ”
My first National Signing Day afternoon stop, West, as three Warriors in two sports sign with colleges. Tyvon Hardrick and Donovan Harris, signing with Tyler Junior College. Hardrick, an All-State pick by the Texas AP Sports Editors and the Padilla Poll, is VISD’s all-time leading rusher. Harris, an All-District pick and Padilla Poll All-State selection, started at quarterback the past two seasons for the Warriors. Kia Willborn, signing for volleyball at Victoria College. Willborn earned district Outstanding Setter honors for the West district champions. These signing Warriors talked with me after their big business.
Said Willborn, “It’s very special to me. I’ve been dreaming of playing college my whole life and it’s finally happening today.”
Said Hardrick, “Very special. I worked hard for it. I feel I have parts of my game down that I need to get up, like in the classroom and on the field.”
Said Harris, “It’s actually very big. Everybody’s been looking forward to this moment. It’s probably one of the biggest moments of my life. I can’t wait to get out of here and do what I need to do. ”
My final National Signing Day stop, The Gobbler Capital Of The World. Kobe Giles, Cuero senior defensive end, signing with Mary Hardin-Baylor. Giles, a Texas AP Sports Editors honorable mention All-State pick, had 40 tackles last season, with nine tackles for loss. Here’s what the Mean Green senior, and his former head coach, told me.
Said Giles, “For me it’s really big. I’ve been dreaming about this since the fifth grade. The family and I have been talking about this since day one.”
Said former Cuero football head coach Travis Reeve, “It’s a great day for Cuero and a great day for Kobe. I’m extremely happy for him and it’ll be a great fit for him. He’s a special young man.”
More area signings. Yoakum wide receiver Ty Love, signing with Stephen F. Austin State. The first team All-District wide receiver had 18 catches for 366 yards, a 20.3 yards per catch average, and five touchdowns last season for the Bulldogs.
Refugio state football champion Ysidro Mascorro, signing with Sam Houston State. A first team TexasAP Sports Editors All-State defensive lineman, Mascorro had 130 tackles last season, with 38 tackles for losses, three sacks and two forced fumbles.