Star-Telegram reporter covers National Signing Day in DFW
Every November, the countless trips to practice, and the blood, sweat and tears all pay off in one day known as National Signing Day.
High school athletes from across the country inked their names on Wednesday spanning sports from baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball and more.
Southlake Carroll dishes out a large class every signing day, and this year is no different.
The Dragons signed 25 athletes Wednesday morning.
“It’s seems like every year we’re matching or topping the number of signees. It just tells you the level of competition we have here,” Carroll principal Shawn Duhon said. “It’s great to see the celebration even from the parents, and to see the kids in their element. It’s about the excellence we put out not only at an athletics standpoint, but also at an academic standpoint. It’s a special place.”
This included some of the top athletes in their sports such as soccer star Taylor Tufts (Oklahoma), who nearly had Carroll’s first 20 goal-20 assist season in over a decade, and second-team All-American setter McKenzie Nichols (TCU).
“It’s a huge honor and I was excited to wear my TCU gear and sign with a bunch of my friends. It was an awesome moment,” Nichols said. “It’s great to have the Dragon on your back — we have so much talent here and it was cool to see so many colleges represented today.”
Top basketball prospects sign
Eight of the state’s top 13 boys basketball prospects on 247Sports signed, led by No. 1 Tyrese Maxey from South Garland. The 5-star combo guard signed with powerhouse Kentucky.
Justin Northwest 4-star guard Avery Anderson (No. 12) signed with Oklahoma State. He committed with the Cowboys in September. Anderson, who has led the Texans to the state tournament in back-to-back years, averaged 16.9 points last season, and 20.5 points as a sophomore.
The biggest reveal was in Richardson with Pearce 4-star center Drew Timme (No. 5). Timme chose Gonzaga over Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan State and more.
Others included Jahmius Ramsey (No. 3, Duncanville, Texas Tech), De’Vion Harmon (No. 4, Denton Guyer, Oklahoma), Jalen Wilson (No. 6, Guyer, Michigan), Samuell Williamson (No. 7, Rockwall, Louisville) and Chris Harris Jr. (No. 13, South Garland, Texas A&M).
Arguably the greatest to ever play on the volleyball court at Mansfield High School, Molly Phillips cemented her legacy with her signing to the University of Texas.
The 6-foot-5 outside hitter led Dallas-Fort Worth this season with 768 kills.
Phillips set the school record with 2,003 career kills in four years.
“I’m so excited it’s finally here. I waited for two years to officially be a Longhorn,” Phillips said. “It was awesome to see everyone on this journey with me. I’m very grateful for all my friends and family who helped me get here.”
Phillips won gold this summer with the U.S. Women’s Junior national team.
State champs sign
Lake Country Christian basketball standouts Morgan Campbell and Maddie Cawley announced their commitments and signed. Campbell signed with Mary Hardin Baylor while Cawley picked Tarleton State.
The Eagles won the TAPPS 4A title in March.
Cawley averaged 12.8 points, 13 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 4.4 steals and 3.3 blocks per game last season, and registered seven triple-doubles. Campbell added 15.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game, and scored a team-high 621 points.
Keller softball stars Caraline Woodall and Amanda Desario signed with Indiana and Texas Tech. Both are two-time state champs with the Indians winning Class 6A titles in 2016 and 2017.
Prosper, which won the Class 5A volleyball state title last season, signed five athletes with Ciera Hecht (Texas A&M), Madi Whitmire (UConn), Kayla Martin (Northeastern), Morgan Monroe (Louisiana-Monroe) and Audrey Poupard (Oklahoma Baptist).
Eaton catcher Brock Webber signed with East Central. The Eagles won the 5A baseball state title in June.
Birdville pitcher Grace Green signed with Texas. As a freshman, Green pitched the Hawks to the 5A state softball title.
The big announcement Thursday comes from Lake Ridge track and field star Jasmine Moore. She’ll commit to Florida, Florida State, Georgia or Texas.
Moore was named Texas Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year after she defended her Class 5A state title in the triple jump with a score of 45 feet and 4 3/4 inches, which would have been a state and national record, but the UIL announced that the wind reading was too high to make it official.
Moore, who was named the Star-Telegram girls track and field athlete of the year, also won her third straight title in the long jump and helped win the Eagles a title on the 4x200 meter relay.