Area students participate in National Signing Day
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Today, Feb. 1, marks National Signing Day for high school students, including those in the Panhandle area.
Today will be filled with students in the area signing to colleges. Stay updated on who signs where here.
Tascosa Rebels signings:
Five Rebels signed to play at the next level on Wednesday.
They include Micah Lewis, Kemauri Pinkard and Walker Norvell, who all signed to play football at Eastern New Mexico University, and Brenyn Barnes and Devayne Johnson, who both signed to play at McPherson College.
“There were a lot of factors, but I felt like [ENMU] was the best fit for me,” Lewis said. “Having it close to home was just icing on the cake.”
Lewis, Pinkard and Norvell will now face off with the Greyhounds against West Texas A&M in the Wagon Wheel Game.
Palo Duro signings:
Palo Duro star football players Parrion Ware, Kameron Brown, and Triston Moore are all signing to play football for Josh Lynn at West Texas A&M University.
All three will play in the front seven for WTAMU.
“The coaches made it feel like home.” Brown said of WT. “We all had the same feeling. We all went down there and felt like it was our home away from home.”
“It’s really just gonna be like another couple more years of high school football.” Moore said of playing with Brown and Ware in college. “Basically my partners in crime.”
Brown will play outside linebacker at West Texas A&M while Moore will play defensive tackle and Ware will be either a defensive end or defensive tackle.
Randall High Football signings:
Randall Raiders center Bryce Melton signed his national letter of intent to play football at Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday morning.
Melton was one of the Raiders leaders this season as a senior on a young offensive line. He helped lead the Raiders to the third round of the playoffs.
”As soon as I started talking to him, I knew it was going to be a great fit for me,” Melton said of his conversations with Eastern New Mexico football head coach Kelley Lee. “I’m excited to get down there and put some work in.”
Melton isn’t quite sure where he’ll play on the offensive line of Eastern New Mexico. He said he could end up playing either guard position or stick at center where he played at Randall.
When asked about redshirting for his freshman season, Melton simply said he’s ready to compete and “when I get down there we’ll see what happens.”
Randall High Baseball signings:
The Raiders also had six baseball players sign their letters on intent later in the day.
Mason Gilbert, Payton Bush, A.J. Lucero, Duncan Bowles, Kole Dudding, Kaden Juarez all signed in the Randall turf room on Wednesday afternoon.
Gilbert and Juarez will be joining Seward County. Lucero, Bowles, and Bush are going to Amarillo College.
The biggest signing of the six is Kole Dudding who will be playing D1 baseball at Oral Roberts.
“We’re all such good competitors.” Dudding said. “There’s nothing stopping us from a state championship.”
“It takes a lot of people to get these guys to where they’re at.” Raiders baseball head coach Cory Hamilton said before the signings. “They did a tremendous job on their own, but they also had a lot of help in a lot of different places.”
The Raiders baseball team starts the season on February 22, against Andrews.
River Road signings:
Four River Road seniors signed to play at the next level for National Signing Day.
River Road linebacker Jordan Avina and River Road tight end Davian Perkins both signed to play football at Wayland Baptist University. Both seniors say they are excited to be able to continue their football dreams with their best friend.
“It’s a blessing,” Avina said. “Just this morning we were hitting maxes on squats, so we’re excited to work together and get to work as soon as possible.”
“I’m going to feel way more at home,” Perkins said. “We’ve been friends since middle school so it’s going to be a great experience to have.”
River Road offensive lineman Drake Kilman signed to play football for Southern Nazarene University.
“I picked the school because they are centered around Christ and just the way they surround Him,” said Kilman. “Plus I have two former teammates going there and I have a good connection with them. It’s just going to be a blessing honestly”
Rylee Kunkel signed to play volleyball as a setter for Clarendon College. Kunkel says moving to the school will not feel like a big change for her.
“It feels like home,” said Kunkel. “River Road is so small, it’s like a small community and we have each other and I think Clarendon is going to be a good fit for me.”
West Plains signings:
The West Plains Wolves didn’t have many seniors this season, but one of the few they did have will be playing at the next level. Wide receiver Trae Ferril signed his national letter of intent to join Panhandle State.
“Coach Escobar was just brutally honest. Honestly something I can appreciate.” Ferril said of his new coach at Panhandle State. “He said it’s gonna be a tough four years, but it’s gonna pay off for me. It’s not so much about the athletics as it is the education.”
“The cool thing about our senior class is they chose to be here. They had a choice of where they could be and they chose to be at West Plains.” West Plains football head coach Adam Cummings said. “He was the first athlete that I met and so he’ll always have a special place in my heart.”
Ferril says the plan is for him to stay at receiver in college for Panhandle State. Ferril helped lead West Plains to the second round of the playoffs last season. The team went 7-1 following an 0-3 start prior to the season ending loss to Hirschi.
Amarillo High signings:
Amarillo High had four sandies sign today.
Conner Marricle with West Texas A&M, Jacob Greeson with Eastern New Mexico, while Cooper Ivey and Cohen Berry are heading to Hardin-Simmons.
Ivey and Berry - two Sandies that got offers despite dealing with injuries last football season. Amarillo High Sandies football head coach Chad Dunnam recounted Berry’s persistence when he was healthy for the Sandies on the field.
“A running back creased us and went the distance about 50, 55, 60 yards.” Coach Dunnam said. “Most kids would’ve just jogged a little bit and accepted the fact that he was gonna score. Cohen did not accept the fact that he was gonna score. Cohen was gaining on him the entire time and tackled him what the one or two. Well, the value we learn from that is never quit. Never quit just keep fighting come to find out two plays later they fumble we get the ball. they didn’t score.”
- Cooper Ivey is signing to Hardin-Simmons University
- Cohen Berry is signing to Hardin-Simmons University
- Jacob Greeson is signing to Eastern New Mexico University
- Conner Marricle is signing to West Texas A&M University
Canyon High signings:
Canyon’s Javin Cash signed his national letter of intent to join the West Texas A&M football team. Cash is one of over a half dozen Texas panhandle football players to make their commitment to WT official on Wednesday.
“My dad, that’s where he graduated from. So, that had a factor.” Cash said of his decision to join the Buffs. “Staying home had a factor. When we toured it, it just felt the best.”
In high school, Cash starred on both sides of the ball. He even played some quarterback for Canyon after starter Derrick Clements went out with an injury.
He’s been a three-year starter for us. All-district accolades out the wazoo.” Canyon football head coach Todd Winfrey said of Cash. “An incredible football player. WT’s getting a great cat, but they’re getting a great guy from a great family.”
“It’s always been one of my dreams. I’m at a loss for words. I never thought I’d be up here.” Cash said.
Cash’s teammate, quarterback Derrick Clements, will officially sign with West Texas A&M on Friday.
- Javin Cash is signing to West Texas A&M University
- Derrick Clements is signing to West Texas A&M University
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