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National Signing Day big for area athletes

National Signing Day big for area athletes
Nick Wilkerson (front, l-r), Luke Clements, and P.J. Quinters are joined by Floresville coaches and staff on Feb. 5 — National Signing Day.

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February 12, 2014
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Beginning at East Central High School, and ending at Floresville in the afternoon, it was a big day for area athletes Feb. 5, as a total of 11 seniors signed on to attend school and participate in college sports next year. It was National Signing Day.

For East Central High School, National Signing Day was an especially big day. The Hornets had seven different athletes sign with various schools. Five seniors will move on to play football at the next level, while a pair of softball players will take their talents to the collegiate game.

Hornet quarterback Jeremy Jones led things off, as he signed on to play for Rice University over in Houston. Running back Johnathan Jackson was up next, and he will make a fine addition to the backfield at Angelo State University in San Angelo. Switching over to the defensive side of things, three more Hornet football players will be back in pads next season. Linebacker Dennis Chavez signed on to play for Tarleton State University up in Stephenville, defensive back Austin Allen will attend school and play football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, and teammate and fellow defensive back Michael Sanchez will play at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

Taylor Doege and Alexis Macias have been a big part of the success the Hornet softball team has enjoyed over the last few years, and the two have since been rewarded with the opportunity to continue playing at the next level. Taylor will stay close to home, as she signed on with Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Alexis will be traveling out of state, however, and will play softball for the Chipola College Indians in Marianna, Fla.

In La Vernia, the Bear football team was happy to send a player on to the next level, as well. Levi Andrews signed with Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Levi earned a reputation as a dangerous kickoff and punt returner, and the Aggies are happy to be getting the speedster.

Not to be left out, Floresville had a trio of signings in the early afternoon. Defensive lineman Nick Wilkerson will be headed to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where he will play for the Ravens. Offensive lineman Luke Clements is bound for Blinn College in Brenham, and fellow O-lineman P.J. Quinters will call Georgetown home for the next several years. as he settles onto the campus of Southwestern University.

Congratulations to each of these young athletes, and best of luck next year.

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