Palestine and Elkhart held signings for five individuals on Tuesday.
Palestine’s Jarrell Owens (Oklahoma State), Ben Luckett and Brian Thlang (both University of Louisiana-Monroe) and Sheldon Watson (Henderson State) signed their National Letters of Intent to play football at the next level.
Palestine coach Lance Angel said he was proud of the way each player turned out and how they are moving on to play college football.
“These guys have worked hard and taken care of their grades,” Angel said. “They’ve done what they needed to do to become a college athlete. We’re really proud for them. It says a lot about these kids, their parents and our school.”
One of the most interesting decisions in this bunch was that of Owens.
Originally a Texas Christian University commit, Owens visited Oklahoma State this past weekend and changed his commitment. Owens’ late decision shocked a lot of people, but Angel said he knows Owens made the best decision for himself.
“I knew it was a decision that he needed to make, and I tried to stay out of it,” Angel said. “He went up to Stillwater and just really enjoyed it. We’ve got a young man up there named Sam Rand who played here four years ago, so he was comfortable knowing someone that was up there. He’s excited about it, and he knows in his heart it’s the right decision for him, and we’re supportive of him.”
“I went up there and visited and I had high expectations of OSU,” Owens said. “When I went up there I felt like I fit into their system. I felt like I fit into the town because it’s a country atmosphere, and that’s what I’m used to. It’s a good program with good facilities and a good coaching staff.”
For the Elks, Jeffery Wilson signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of North Texas.
The speedy running back said he was excited to have the opportunity to move on and play at the collegiate level.
“I’m expecting to play,” Wilson said. “That’s what anybody expects as a freshman coming in. If I end up having to redshirt, that’ll happen if it happens, but we have Texas up first on our schedule and that’ll be a good opener for us. We have a good schedule this year, and I’m really just ready to play at the next level.
“I’m looking to bring everything I can and make an impact right away,” Wilson added. “I want to be able to be that playmaker. I want people to be like, ‘Oh my God, when is he going to make the next play; when is he going to score the next touchdown?’ I eventually want to be the guy that if it’s fourth down and one yard, they call my number and give me the ball, and I can prove to them that I can be that guy. I just want to be a playmaker for North Texas.”