They posed for photographs, exchanged handshakes and most importantly signed on the dotted line.
John Tyler’s Eric Davis, DeVonte Haggerty and Kamryn Howard headlined another eventful National Signing Day in Cujo Country on Wednesday at the Melton Academic & Athletic Complex.
Davis, an all-state defensive end, inked with Oklahoma State. Davis, a consensus top 100 state recruit, originally issued a verbal commitment to Texas A&M last year. He switched to Oklahoma State in the fall and stuck with the Cowboys.
After going into the weekend with his decision still in the air, Haggerty decided on Air Force. The multi-dimensional athlete chose Air Force over Louisiana-Monroe.
Howard picked Texas A&M-Commerce after playing one season of varsity football at JT.
The three seniors played big roles as JT reach the state semifinals, the school’s longest journey in 11 years. JT finished 11-4.
“They’ve done something special, this group of seniors,” JT head coach Dereck Rush said. “It’s a reflection on their families. I want them to not forget where they came from.”
LIONS’ TALES: The John Tyler football banquet is set for Thursday, Feb. 9 at St. Louis Baptist Church. The guest speaker is slated to be JT alum Tim Crowder, a defensive end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tickets will cost $10 at the door.
John Tyler 2012 Signing Class
Eric Davis, Oklahoma State
Position: Defensive Lineman
Size: 6-3, 240
Statline: 64 tackles (10 for losses), 17 hurries, 5 pass breakups, 2 sacks, INT (TD).
Honors: All-state (2nd Team), All-East Texas (1st Team), All-District (1st Team)
Noteworthy: Davis leaves JT having started in 10 playoff wins, believed to be tied for the most in school history with David Warren.
Quoteworthy: “The recruiting process was long. I figured out where I really wanted to play. I like the defense they run. I feel it’s a good fit for me.” — Eric Davis
DeVonte Haggerty, Air Force
Size: 6-0, 170
Statline: Rushing: 689 yards, 11 TDs; Receiving: 478 yards, 3 TDs receiving.
Honors: All-District (1st Team)
Noteworthy: One of four players with more than 1,000 yards of total offense, Haggerty helped JT average 473 yards and set a school record for points (645).
Quoteworthy: “We left big shoes for them to fill next year. There’s not a doubt in my mind they can fill them if they play as a team, and leave out the ‘I’s’ and ‘me’s.’ I plan to be there to root them on.” — DeVonte Haggerty
Kamryn Howard, Texas A&M Commerce
Size: 5-11, 170
Statline: 33 tackles, INT
Honors: All-district (honorable mention).
Noteworthy: Howard missed all non-district before notching seven tackles, an interception and fumble recovery in his debut. The speedster expects to contend for regionals in the sprints.
Quoteworthy: “Everyone isn’t blessed to have four more years to play football. For me to have a full ride and play what I love is a blessing.” — Kamryn Howard