Sorting through the Fort Worth area’s 2017 National Signing Day lists reveals that 446 athletes have signed with Football Bowl Subdivision teams over the past 10 years.
Southlake Carroll leads the area with 38 FBS signees from 2008 to 2017, followed by Arlington Bowie (36) and Arlington Martin (36), Euless Trinity (30) and Mansfield Timberview (23).
“Carroll’s a very unique place, and I think it shows here with the amount of scholarship money awarded to our very deserving student athletes,” Dragons football coach Hal Wasson said.
“You feel very special to coach these kind of guys, because they do love the game, and they love their teammates and they love their school district, so they play hard for you each night.”
Top FBS schools for area players: Air Force (29), TCU (28), UNT (23) and Oklahoma (20). Combined, the service academies have landed 43 area players since 2008 who were willing to make a five-year military commitment after college football.
Among area school districts, Arlington ISD is No. 1 with 114 FBS signees. Mansfield ISD is second with 84, followed by Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (42), Carroll ISD (38), Keller ISD (36) and Fort Worth ISD (23).
On Wednesday, 212 area football players signed with a college. Add up the past 10 years, and 1,484 players that have signed with some college somewhere.
“Remember, that university is getting something out of you. Make sure you get something out of them, and that is your degree,” Fort Worth ISD athletic director Lisa Langston said. “That is the purpose. You take those athletic talents and skills and parlay them into an educational opportunity.”
The next National Signing Day is Feb. 7, 2018, only 370 days from now.
Area FBS leaders
FBS signings by school (2008-2017)
FW All Saints
Keller Fossil Ridge
Hurst L.D. Bell
Arl. Sam Houston
FW Arl. Heights
Mansfield Lake Ridge
Top FBS destinations
Area players signed to major colleges (2008-17)
New Mexico State
San Diego State