Nine athletes sign letters of intent


Photo by Tye Shelton

Story by Tye Shelton, staff writer

Signing day proved to be a kink in the daily routine of senior athletes across America. Yes they would wake up to attack the day, but this day was different for them. Instead of preparing for a day of workouts and hard work, some athletes slipped on gear from the college of their choice and prepared to ink their National Letter of Intent.

Nine athletes signed to play collegiate athletics Feb. 3. Six football players signed including Dee Jones to Henderson State University, Chaz Davis to Midwestern State University, Kip Williams to Southern Arkansas University, Jerry Wrightner to Fort Hays State University and J’Kardi Witcher and Matt Davis to Southeastern Oklahoma University.

Three other athletes were Grayson Jones for golf at Oral Roberts University, along with Zack Phillips signing for baseball at Seminole State College and Kyrain Williams for baseball at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

“It is amazing signing on signing day from where I am from,” said Witcher. “It is a gift to me coming from troubling times, and I am going to make sure I use it how I am supposed to.”

Dreams came true on signing day as all of the days of hard work, sweat, and doubt proved worthwhile as ink to paper proved them as collegiate athletes. No longer looked over and no longer a misconception, these athletes determination has turned into opportunity.

“This is like nothing else,” said Wrightner. “It is truly a blessing. We have to take this opportunity and run with it. Small town Texarkana football players going to make it big now.”