Mansfield safety Cam’Ron Jones, a Nebraska signee, was one of the most highly recruited of the just over 115 student athletes from the Mansfield ISD that participated in the National Signing Day Recognition event held Wednesday at the Mansfield Performing Arts Center.
“Today just felt unreal,” said Jones who is ranked 289th in the nation for every player, the 23rd ranked safety, and 36th in the state overall. “It’s a dream come true after I finally signed my letter of intent with Nebraska.”
“If you love football, like I do, Nebraska is probably the best place you could play at. Ninety-five thousand fans at home games and then in a conference where you play Ohio State and at the Big House against Michigan...the atmosphere is just amazing.”
Mansfield Lake Ridge football coach Kirk Thor was both happy and sad at the Mansfield ISD event. His program produced 20 players that signed to play at the next level, but who will be missed as the Eagles make the jump to Class 6A.
Lake Ridge led the district with 38 athletes at the event.
The player that garnered the largest ovation of the day at the Mansfield event was Lake Ridge running back Cartraven Walker who will attend Army West Point in the fall.
Air Force picked up three area players as well: Madison Ridgeway from Arlington Seguin, Brice Honaker from Euless Trinity, and Kole Pannell from Fort Worth All Saints.
Other notable signees:
Jalen Knox and Noel Ofori-Nyadu of Timberview who will play football at Missouri and UConn, respectively.
Safety Corbin Frederick will join his friend and Mansfield teammate in the secondary at Nebraska.
Lake Ridge’s Faith Ette has earned a track scholarship at Oklahoma.
Two members of Timberview’s 2017 state championship basketball team, Chris Mullins (Rice) and Isaac Likekele (Fresno State). The Wolves’ Lauryn Thompson will play basketball at Virginia Commonwealth.
Kansas State will receive the services of Lake Ridge WR Malik Knowles.
Mansfield WR Jackson Gleeson has signed with Baylor and golfer Garrison Smith will attend New Mexico State.
Legacy OL Clayton Franks has agreed to play at Texas Tech. Bronco track standouts Kadeem Burton and Jais Smith will remain together at the University of Houston and will be joined by Lake Ridge’s Zion Smith.
Lake Ridge diver Hunter Jaynes is going to Alabama while soccer players Brandon Cerda (San Diego State) and Marissa Ling (Texas Tech) will represent the Eagles on the pitch.
Athletes that are staying close to home include Lake Ridge football players Jason Bean (North Texas) and Parker Turley (Texas Wesleyan) along with soccer star Kristen Carter (Texas Wesleyan). Legacy soccer player Wendy Cantu (Brookhaven) and Broncos football player Rodney Jones (Texas Wesleyan). Mansfield soccer player Sergio Garrido (Dallas Baptist) and Timberview volleyball player Brooklynn Fultz (Arlington Baptist) as well as Mansfield baseball player Grayson Tatrow (Weatherford College).