Football Players Put Pen to Paper on National Signing Day

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Wednesday–National Signing Day– was a very exciting day for many high school athletes as they put pen to paper, signing to play for the school of their choice. 

Conway’s Colton Jackson is heading to the hill. The 6-foot-6, 290 pound tackle signed with the Razorbacks. “It felt great I’ve been waiting for this for a while. I know Coach Bielema, Coach Pittman, Coach Herb and stuff they’re gonna make me into the offensive lineman they know I can be,” said Jackson. 

Jackson wasn’t the only Wampus Cat signing the dotted line. Matt Cummins and Collin Condit Became UCA Bears, Derail McCoy heads to Arkansas Baptist, Kevin Chamarro to Arkansas Tech and Frank Jackson to Arkansas-Monticello.

Arkansas State picked up Bryant’s Cameron Davis. “I’m a mama’s boy. I like being close to home. My family, my Uncle Ron and everybody it was all close to home so that’s why I stayed so close because on the breaks I wanted to go home and be with my family. Oh yeah wolves up, howl yes,” he said. Three other Hornets put the pen to paper as well. Brendan Young to Ouachita Baptist, Devin Waite to Monticello and Brushawn Hunter to Arkansas Baptist.

Rare signings at Episcopal Collegiate, as twin brothers, Cori and Justin Gooseberry, become OBU Tigers. “We’ve been wanting to go to the same school ever since our junior year so that tied into our decision pretty big,” said Cori. When it was mentioned that there will be competition between the two, Justin said with a laugh, “Oh  yes. I’m already the best. I’m already better than him.”

Four signees from Pulaski Academy, three by the name of Will. Quarterback Will Hefley to Tulsa, Will Sewell to Henderson State, Reed Rickenbach to Memphis and Will Hastings will be a kicker for the Auburn Tigers.

“It feels great. I’m happy to say I’m going to Auburn University and I woke up real early just super excited, couldn’t go back to sleep, and it feels awesome,” said Hastings. 

“It felt great to finally put the pen to paper. I love Tulsa, I fell in love with Tulsa when I first came on to the campus in June and I’ve wanted to sign with it ever since. And it’s so good to finally get it done,” said Heflty. 

On to North Little Rock High. Eight signees, but all eye were on K.J. Hill, former Hog commit. What changed his mind?  

“Just a lot of stuff changed during the process, you know, with coaching, just how I felt about going back up there without the coaches that recruited me hard,” said Hill. 

DJ Brown spurred the late advances of A-State and signed with Northern Illinois. 

Sylvan hills had five signees today, the most they’ve ever had in one class.  Marlon Clemons and Haden Hawkins liked playing together so much they will keep it going at Arkansas Tech

Two D-lineman from Cabot also signing with Great American teams–Jake Ferguson with Southern Arkansas and Tristian Bulice with OBU. 

It was a big day at Maumelle High school. Five hornets signed their letter of intent. Nick Ingram is going to Louisisana-Monroe, JB Minix to Henderson State, Blake Connor to UAPB and Gary Burton and Malik Singleton will be teammates at Arkansas Tech.
A couple of signings at Central High. Andrew Adams is going to play football at Davidson College in North Carolina and Malcolm Williams is headed to Louisiana to play for Grambling State.

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