Signing Day nears



National Signing Day is when everyone tries to remember how to use a fax machine.

On Wednesday, the old fax is in vogue again. After students sign, the paper is faxed to coaches around the country.

It is also a day for lots of smiles from youngsters, coaches and alumni across the country.

It is a day that really determines who will be hoisting that trophy down the road. February success equals triumphs in the fall and come January.

As usual, the Piney Woods region is important to colleges around the state and nation. And it's not just football.

Bullard's Major Tennison and Gilmer's LaMarcus Morton got a jump on everyone. Tennison, a tight end, and Morton, a wide receiver, have already enrolled at Alabama and Oklahoma State, respectively.

There are a number of signings scheduled for Wednesday in the Tyler area, Greg Priest, Tyler ISD athletic director, announced.

As is tradition, John Tyler will have numerous signings. It is scheduled to happen at 9 a.m. at the JT Varsity Gymnasium, better known as the Lions Den.

Some of the football players who have committed include: Bryson Smith (Houston), Damion Miller (Texas), Javontavius Mosley (UT San Antonio) and Jackson Bridges (Cisco College).

There could be as many as nine other students to sign.

Across town at Robert E. Lee, a 10 a.m. ceremony is scheduled for the REL Fine Arts Center.

Football, volleyball, cross country and soccer will be the sports highlighted.

The signings include:

Football - Makyle Sanders (North Texas), Jordan Jones (Tyler Junior College) and Kiave Glover (Hardin-Simmons);

Volleyball - Deja Hamilton (Kansas);

Cross Country - Mary Claire Neal (Rice);

Soccer - Alex Bice (Samford), Jasmine Navarro (Texas Woman's University) and Priscilla Rincon (Texas Woman's University).

And around Loop 323 at Bishop Gorman Catholic High School, four signings are scheduled for 8:15 a.m. at the Holy Family Library, the Rev. Jerome R. Milton, Bishop Gorman athletic scholarship coordinator, said.

There are three football commitments - Judah Bell (SMU), Ethan Milton (Texas Wesleyan) and Reed Navara (Howard Payne). Also, Patrick Richie is scheduled to sign with TJC as a football manager.

Whitehouse has a ceremony set for 11:15 a.m.

Zach Parker is eyeing TJC, while Kaleb Ford-Dement and Isaac Little are still deciding.

In baseball, Patrick Miner (Arkansas Tech), Mason House (LSU-Eunice), Bryce Cundieff (Arkansas-Monticello) and Brandon Rossiter (Paris JC) could all sign.

Ryan Walls is slated to sign with TJC in both baseball and basketball with swimmer Ruger Stocking going to Oklahoma Christian.

Gilmer's signings are set for 10 a.m. at the GHS cafeteria. Kollin Hurt is committed to Louisiana Tech, while Kelton Collier (Texas A&M-Commerce) and Kameryn Cuevas (Southern Arkansas) have made their decisions. Dimitri Fort is not yet certain.

Jacksonville will have a ceremony in the student commons area at 9 a.m.

Grand Saline has scheduled an 8:15 a.m. ceremony. Quarterback Trent Easley is scheduled to sign with Northwestern Oklahoma State, while wide receiver Chris Wilson is expected to ink with Hardin-Simmons.

Also, Lindale has athletes set to sign at 2:30 p.m.

Here are some of the other area commitments:

Air Force - Noah Bush, Athens; D'Torian Smith, Tatum

Baylor - Trestan Ebner, Henderson;

Boise State - Octavius Evans, Center;

Louisiana-Monroe - Austin Hawley, Gladewater; Traveion Webster, Longview;

Missouri State - Van's Isaiah Allred;

SMU - Kayce Medlock, Arp;

Texas - Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches;

TCU - Lakendrick VanZandt, Henderson.






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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.