Central Texas players sign letters of intent to take skills to collegiate level

Posted at 11:25 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 00:25:53-05

Across Central Texas, many players put the pen to paper and agreed to take their skills to the collegiate level.

In district 12-6A DII, from Midway High School, deadly wide receiver Will Nixon signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Nebraska.

"It's a long process. You know you gotta get connections with the coaches. They gotta connect with you. I feel like Nebraska I connected the most with," Nixon said.

His teammate Luke Horner is excited to take his talents to Houston, and will go from being a Midway Panther to a Houston Baptist Husky.

"Just the family atmosphere that they provide, and they have a certain aspect of their school. Just being in Houston, that makes it really good for future job opportunities, and it's just a really special place. I'm excited about being there," Horner described.

Harker Heights libero and defensive specialist Janae Bague will play volleyball at Ottawa State University.

Ellison defensive end Kaleb Luna will follow in his family's footsteps and continue his football career at Army West Point.

"My dad was in the Army, and my grandfather was in the Marines, and his dad was in the Marines, so it kinda paved the way and made me strive to be something," said Luna.

Defensive tackle Everitt Rogers will head to Oklahoma to play for the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

"Coach Montgomery and Coach Al, they have that family environment. They are fixing to change the program. I'm going to come in and help change the program. It's just a nice place," said Rogers.

Just down the road in Belton, punter Logan Smith will be taking his leg to play for the University of Texas.

"One day I was practicing out on the field, and the next I'm taking a visit to Texas, and it was a dream come true. I've just been working hard. Just the coaches, they push me and there's no way i would be here without them," said Smith.

Teammate Elijah Washington will also take his football career to the next level at Blinn College.

From Copperas Cove, pitcher Christopher Lingo will play baseball for Texas A&M Kingsville, and Nathaniel Vasquez signed to play for Dallas Christian College.

In district 5-4A DI, La Vega linebacker Demarrquese Hayes is preparing for a state championship game this week, but he also has his eyes set on Manhattan. Hayes is going to play football at Kansas State.

"Committed, bought into the process. Ready to learn quick. Lifting, eating right and be a good person," he said on his experience and preparation for this week and beyond.

In 8-4A DII, Connally's offensive tackle Trent Pullen will play football for Oklahoma State University along with wide receiver and defensive back Korie Black, who will join his teammate as a OSU Cowboy.

"It's special cause it's good when you see people get out of Waco and make a name for themselves at the next level in football," said Pullen.

"It's cool because we have been playing since we were like five, so you know, so it's crazy, so not a lot of people get to go to the next level and play with their friend,” said Black.

Lineman Jordan Nichols will play for the University of North Texas, and the explosive running back Jay'veon Sunday will take his talents to Washington.

"I'm ready for it. I know my little brothers are ready for it. Us doing that really put us on the map and helped them in the recruiting process," said Nichols.

"I wanna play early on and work my way up and try to be the best running back there," said Sunday.

From Salado, Piper Randolph will continue her softball career at Texas State. Teammate Breigh-Ann Oliver will play for Tarleton State University.

You can also find right-handed pitcher Konnor Baird on the mound at UT Rio Grande Valley.