With about 2000 people in attendance, nine Cibolo (Texas) Steele athletes signed letters of intent to play college football on Wednesday morning.
Longtime Commits Make it Official
Both running back Justin Stockton and defensive lineman Josh Malin had been longtime commits to Texas Tech and Baylor, respectively. No surprises for either athlete; both are officially Big 12 bound. Tight end Matt Moen, who committed to Nevada last fall, also remained solid and is now a member of the Wolf Pack.
"I'm feeling good. It's a relief; it's finally like 'okay good, everything is done.' Now all I need to do is finish off my senior year strong, graduate, and then I'll be up there in Lubbock," said Stockton of finally having his letter of intent signed and delivered.
Signing Day Surprise
Arguably the biggest unknown at Steele on Wednesday was where offensive lineman Deionte Noel would sign. The one time Texas Tech commit recently opened up his recruitment and after a last-minute whirlwind, Noel signed with Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
Staying Close to Home
Defensive lineman Josh Cavazos (6-0, 285) and offensive lineman Cameron Jackson (6-5, 320) will play college football at Texas A&M Kingsville and University of Incarnate Word, respectively.
Jackson is a longtime commit to the Cardinals and is eager to head to campus and get his college career started; Cavazos is a recent commit, only announcing his decision last Wednesday.
"I'm feeling great. I'm so glad that Kingsville has given me the opportunity to play there," said Cavazos, who is still talking with the coaches about their plans for playing time.
Dynamic Athlete Headed to Southland Conference
D'Angelo Wallace (5-8, 149) signed with Houston Baptist on Wednesday. Wallace, who played running back for the Knights, played a large role in Steele's offense last fall.
"I'm stress free knowing that I'm going to college and my mom doesn't have to pay for my education. I get to play football, the one thing I love.
"They offered me as an athlete, slot receiver, wildcat type of guy. I'm going to go in there, use my speed, and make plays. I hope to play as a true freshman. I'm going in and working hard," said Wallace, who will head to campus in June.
Division III Nabs Playmakers
Tight end Kenny Wise and running back Keyshawn Brown (5-10, 180) are both officially Cowboys, signing with Hardin-Simmons University, a Division III program in Abilene.
"I visited recently and I fell in love with the campus. It's a nice environment, and I really like the coaches. They want me to play running back; they want me to fill in for Tevin Mitchell and battle it out with Bryce Johnson right away. I'll head there in early August," said Brown, who committed to the Cowboys on Tuesday.
Sterling Jenkins (5-11, 190) is also D-III Bound, having signed with Howard Payne University.
"I went on a visit recently and it seemed like a really nice school. They have talked with me about playing safety, and I really like what their defense is bringing to the team. I'm hoping to go in there as a true freshman and battle for a spot. I really felt comfortable," he said.