WHS senior soccer player signs with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Weatherford High School senior soccer player Kristin Kelley signed a letter of intent to play for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Friday in a special signing ceremony inside the WHS Outback.
Pictured is WHS Head Girls Soccer Coach Tyler Kernan, left, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi signee Kelley.
WHS senior football player inks with Texas A&M University-Commerce
Weatherford High School's 6-foot-5-inch, 305-pound offensive/defensive tackle James Robinson signed with Texas A&M Commerce as part of National Signing Day, Feb. 4, throughout the nation.
During the 2014 season, Robinson's defensive stats included 20 solo tackles, five assists, 10 tackles for losses, two quarterback sacks, and four quarterback pressures.
He was also in integral part of the offensive line.
Pictured are WHS senior Robinson, left, and WHS Head Football Coach Weldon Nelms.
Aledo Signing Day
National Signing Day kicked off at 7:45 a.m. at Aledo, where cornerback Johnathan Durham couldn’t pass on a chance to play in the Big 12.
The Class 5A all-state selection signed with Kansas State during a ceremony at the Aledo indoor facility. He had been committed to Texas State since before his senior season, but received an offer from Bill Snyder’s Wildcats last week.
When that offer came, Durham mulled his options, despite staying true to Texas State after picking up offers from Northwestern and Purdue. But after an official visit to Kansas State over the weekend, Durham’s mind was set and he announced his commitment Sunday on Twitter.
“Kansas State had been on me for a while, back to last spring,” Durham said. “They had been talking about offering, and I was committed to Texas State for a reason — I was planning on being a Bobcat. But when the Big 12 comes along, you can’t pass that up.”
The big switch
As late as Feb. 3, Aledo’s Ryan Newsome was committed to UCLA. Then he made the tough call — literally — and signed a National Letter of Intent to play with Texas early Feb. 4.
Newsome phoned UCLA coach Jim Mora around 4 a.m. Wednesday after notifying a Bruins assistant coach late Tuesday night of his decision.
“After I re-evaluated some things, I was like, ‘Man, I need to go to Texas,’” Newsome said Wednesday after a USA Football signing ceremony at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. “I knew I’d be happy there. I don’t have to go far. My family can come see my play.”
The hardest part for Newsome was telling Mora he wouldn’t be a Bruin.
“Me and his relationship go far beyond football,” Newsome said. “That was my guy.”
Newsome will join Aledo alum Johnathan Gray at Texas. Gray, the 2011 Gatorade High School National Player of the Year, will be a senior for the Longhorns next fall.
Battling the odds
Aledo running back Jess Anders overcame a rare disease to play this senior year and, on Wednesday, he sign with UT San Antonio.
Anders was diagnosed last summer with Lemierre’s Syndrome, and spent more than a week in the hospital. And even after regaining health, he struggled to get back to full strength and battled injuries throughout the Bearcats’ run to a second consecutive state championship.
All along, though, UTSA stood by its scholarship offer.
“It feels great, obviously after everything I had to go through last summer, and then having the great season we had,” Anders said. “It feels good to actually be able to sign and go on to the next level.”