Weldon’s Lyons signs on at North Carolina A&T State University.
WELDON - Antione Lyons was probably a long shot to play college football four years ago.
He wasn’t a model student and didn’t appear to be college-bound on an athletic scholarship. Good thing high school lasts four years and not just one.
Lyons has come full circle since he first stepped foot on the campus of Weldon High after transferring from Southeast Halifax. And when he leaves Weldon after graduation, he’ll be headed to North Carolina A&T with an athletic scholarship in hand.
In his first stint as the Montana Grizzlies’ football recruiting coordinator, Dominic Daste seemed to think he was getting paid per recruit.
After 33 new Grizzlies signed letters of intent Wednesday, Daste and UM head coach Bobby Hauck could relax and reflect on what is Montana’s largest recruiting class since 1985.
A large senior class for 2007 partly explains the number of signees, but the Griz also split some scholarships, something you can do in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision, but not in the FBS (formerly I-A).
HARRISONBURG - With its two most noted Tidewater recruiters gone, James Madison’s football team signed only one player from the “757″ area as part of its 2008 recruiting class. But JMU coach Mickey Matthews isn’t worried that his pipeline to the talent-rich region might be drying up.
Matthews said the relative absence of Tidewater signings had more to do with the weak academic standing of this year’s 757 crop - the number refers to Hampton Road’s area code - than any drop in quality or any JMU problems in the region.
MANCHESTER - An East Catholic education paid off for Jim Desautels.
Clearly, he’s no dummy. Several schools showed interest in the Eagles’ standout defensive end during his senior season. But, when Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., offered him a full Division I ride, it was a no-brainer. The fact that the Red Foxes’ football program and the academics at Marist are perfect for Desautels makes it that much sweeter.
Central Davidson’s Tanner Rivas will be playing at Lehigh.
Tanner Rivas knew what he wanted, and he knew what it would take to get it.
Rivas watched Central Davidson teammate Callaway Ashby sign a full scholarship to play football at Army last winter, and knew that could be him.
But there was a hitch. A big hitch. Rivas, a stud linebacker for the Spartans as a sophomore, missed his entire junior season with an injury he suffered in a preseason scrimmage. So he had fallen off the radar, and essentially had one year to prove his worth to college scouts.
Sam Houston State head football coach Todd Whitten said it best at his signing-day press conference Wednesday: “We really feel like we have a good group of guys here, but like I say every year, in order to answer these questions accurately, you really need to answer them in about two years.”
NEWARK, DE – Ted Gregory, who starred on the football field for the University of Delaware and later went on to become the program’s first African-American coach, died at the age of 58 in New Castle, DE on Feb. 5.
27 Student-Athletes Set to Join Defending Patriot League Champions in 2008
Players from eight states comprise the class of 2012, including 14 on offense and 14 on defense
NATCHITOCHES — Northwestern State put together one of the top 10 football recruiting classes in the nation’s Football Championship Subdivision, according to the Rivals.com recruiting service.
JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson State football team received another honor Thursday morning as the Tiger football staff and star quarterback Jimmy Oliver received a proclamation from the Mississippi Senate.
Five Mid-Year Transfers Headline Class
Staten Island, NY – Wagner College head football coach Walt Hameline has received commitments from 21 student-athletes who have elected to attend Wagner and play football for the Seahawks.
St. John’s Prep quarterback Scott Darby has signed a letter of intent to play for Georgetown University.
The school offered the perfect combination of athletics and academics that Darby was looking for. The situation was ideal for the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, who had been highly recruited by such schools as Harvard and Brown.
The St. John’s Prep captain and three-year starter from Tewksbury will be the third former Eagle on the Hoyas’ roster next year, joining junior linebacker Travis Zorilla and sophomore linebacker Jon Cassidy.
It’s ironic that two close friends, two captains of the football team and two players who have played with or against each other since they were 10-years-old will have the opportunity to continue that friendship/rivalry in college.
Plano Senior senior C.J. Martin, who signed with Holy Cross Wednesday, and senior Wes Perryman continue the rivalry Nov. 3 when the Crusaders host 2007 Patriot League champion Fordham, where Perryman will play.
Two Kentucky standouts go to Holy Cross and Gardner-Webb.
Holy Cross HS football coach (and Holy Cross College alumnus) Bruce Kozerski was so filled with pride Wednesday, he seemed ready to pop. So was the Holy Cross library.
Senior two-way lineman Eric Oldiges became the school’s first Division I scholarship player, signing with Holy Cross College in front of an adoring and overflow crowd at the library of the small Latonia school.