Student Athletes recognized at Fort Bend ISD’s National Signing Day Event
FORT BEND ISD - Fort Bend ISD’s Athletics Department, headed by Director Philip O’Neal, hosted a districtwide National Signing Day Recognition at Hopson Field House to honor 40 of the District’s student athletes who made commitments to play for college and university football teams next year. Athletes from 9 of FBISD’s 11 high schools were represented at the event, which welcomed their families, coaches, principals and other guests.
As guests arrived, they were greeted by members of the South Central Region of the Professional Football Players Mothers’ Association, a national nonprofit organization comprised of mothers of active and retired professional football players. Once the ceremony began, O’Neal joined Randy McIlvoy, sports director at KPRC-TV, in presiding over the program. They each congratulated the honorees and commended the coaching staff, school principals and families for their roles in the students’ success.
“This event is a great opportunity for us to recognize our student athletes,” said O’Neal. “We are proud of what they’ve accomplished in FBISD and are looking forward to hearing of their future successes with the colleges and universities they have chosen to attend.”
Russell Okung of the Seattle Seahawks also congratulated the students saying, “I know you’ve had dreams about going to college and playing ball. I’ve sat in that same seat and felt the same anxiety you’re feeling. You’re making a tremendous transition in your lives as you sign on the dotted line. Your commitment as a student-athlete will be tough, but worth it.”
Following Russell’s remarks, O’Neal introduced the student honorees, who then took part in a “mock” signing of their NCAA National Letters of Intent. Participating were:
Austin High School – Reggie Anderson (Blinn College), Joshua Kenebrew (West Texas AS&M), Brandon Pierce (South Dakota School of Mines), Josh Rahman (Rice University), Sam Vollmer (South Dakota School of Mines), and Dominick Walker (University of North Texas); Bush High School – Chad Davis (University of North Texas), Chucky Foster (San Jacinto College) and Romelius Rhone (Blinn College); Dulles High School – Stephen Anyasor (Bethel College), John Rowell (Midwestern State University), Maurice Smith (University of Alabama) and Jermaine Walker (Tyler College); Elkins High School – Darvin Kidsey (North Texas State University), J’Mon Moore (University of Missouri), Dominique Nunez (Tyler College) and Keree Renchie, Jr. (Navarro College); Hightower High School – Terrell Brown (Houston Baptist University), Kelsey Douglas (University of Southern Mississippi), Jaquinn Henderson Eastern Arizona College), Layden Johnson (Tabor College), Joshua Price (Southern Nazarene University) and Brian Smith (Southern Nazarene University); Kempner High School – Joshua Guthrie (South East Prep), Jordan Longoria (South East Prep), Jacob Onyechi (Air Force Academy), Jonathan Shane (South East Prep) and Jonathan Shyngle (Texas A&M Kingsville); Marshall High School – Deon Hollins (University of California, Los Angeles), Marcus Johnson (Navarro College), Anthony Lee (University of Texas, San Antonio), Darius Moore (Baylor University), DeFloyd Oscar (Navarro College), Maurice Porter (Baylor University) and Allen Smith (Incarnate Word University); Ridge Point High School – E.J. Ewah (Evangel University) and Mark Roman (Trinity Valley College); and Travis High School –.Josh Frey (Southern Nazarene University), Cody Moncure (Houston Baptist University) and Parker Smith (Rice University).
FBISD will host another Signing Day Event on May 1, 2013 for all other student athletes who sign for college and university scholarships in areas other than football.
Photo 1: Hightower High School athletes Layden Johnson, Jaquinn Henderson, Brian Smith, Joshua Price, Kelsey Douglas and Terrell Brown with Coach Padriac McGinnis.
Photo 2: Elkins High School athletes Dominique Nunez, J’Mon Moore, Keree Renchie, Jr., Darvin Kidsey with Coach Dennis Brantley.
Photo 3:Ridge Point High School athletes Mark Roman and E.J. Ewah with Coach Brett Sniffin.
Photo 4: Bush High School athletes Chucky Foster, Romelius Rhone and Chad Davis with Coach Allen Aldridge.
Photo 5: Kempner High School athletes Jonathan Shane, Joshua Guthrie, Jacob Onyechi, Jonathan Shyngle and Jordan Longoria. Not shown is Coach Darrin Andrus.
Photo 6: Marshall High School athletes Deon Hollins, Anthony Lee, Allen Smith, Marcus Johnson, Darius Moore, DeFloyd Oscar, Maurice Porter and Coach James Williams.
Photo 7: Austin High School athletes shown with their mothers are: Dominick Walker, Sam Vollmer, Reggie Anderson, Brandon Pierce, Joshua Kenebrew and Josh Rahman. Not shown is Coach Daniel Schreiber.
Photo 8: Travis High School athletes Parker Smith, Cody Moncure and Josh Frey with Coach Randy Cunningham.
Photo 9: Dulles High School athletes Maurice Smith, John Rowell, Jermaine Walker and Stephen Anyasor. Not shown is Coach Jim Creech.
Photo 10: Pictured (from left to right) are: Philip O’Neal, FBISD Athletic Director; Mike McKie, FBISD Interim Superintendent; Felicia Young, mother of free agent Vince Young; Cleotha Aldridge, mother of retired Denver Broncos player Allen Ray Aldridge Jr.; Gloria Orakpo, mother of Washington Redskins player Brian Orakpo; Terlisha Ann Cockrell, mother of retired Buffalo Bills player Thurman Thomas; Mary Taylor-Ojo, mother of retired Philadelphia Eagles player Bobby Taylor; Randy McIlvoy, sports director at KPRC-TV; Dorothy Okung, mother of Seattle Seahawks player Russell Okung; (shown on her right). Not pictured is Mary Gurode, mother of free agent Andre Gurode.