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February 5, 2014

H.S. Football: Palestine, Elkhart have big days on National Signing Day


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.”

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