FBISD Recognizes 52 High School Athleteson National Football Signing Day
Fort Bend ISD celebrated the achievements of 52 high school football players who took part in the District’s National Signing Day Ceremony, hosted by the District’s Athletics Department and the Professional Football Player Mothers Association (PFPMA). The event welcomed family members, coaches, District administrators and other supporters of the athletes who witnessed a mock signing of the athletes’ National Letters of Intent to play college football next year.
FBISD Athletics Director Philip O’Neal welcomed guests and recognized those who have played a tremendous role in supporting the athletes in their academic and athletic careers, including their parents, principals, coaches, teachers and counselors.
Speaking on behalf of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre and the FBISD Administration, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck congratulated the honorees and spoke of how proud the District is of their academic, social and athletic accomplishments. She also compared the NFL Super Bowl to life, saying, “You could be the next one to make a spectacular catch; so, be prepared and stay strong.”
Keynote speaker and retired NFL player Bobby Taylor also congratulated the athletes and offered advice based on his experiences playing college football at the University of Notre Dame and professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“In college, the competition is tough and academics are tough,” said Taylor. “You have to hold yourself accountable and be responsible for yourself because your mom won’t be there to set your alarm clock or wake you up in the morning.”
Taylor also encouraged the athletes to form a support system. “The most important thing in my life was my village,” said Taylor. “My family, counselors, teachers, coaches supported me throughout my athletic career and I can’t thank them enough.”
Following Taylor’s remarks, O’Neal introduced the honorees, as well as their proud parents, and announced the colleges/universities the students will attend.
Athletes and their chosen colleges/universities are:
Austin High School – Bright Ihegworo (Angelo State University), Brock Stephens (Navarro Junior College), Bryson Oglesby (Fresno State University), Landon Rambo (Mary Hardin Baylor University), Tucker Kisel (West Texas A&M University) and Zack Davis (Texas A&M University-Kingsville)
Bush High School – Joshua Jones (University of Houston), Mbi Tanyi (University of Maryland), Myles Rice (University of Washington) and Roderick Wicker (University of Jamestown)
Clements High School – Confidence Okpoko (Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Kolt Harfield (University of Central Arkansas) and Luke Mayock (Miami University-Ohio)
Dulles High School – Alex Merchant (Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Derek Jones (Texas A&M University-Commerce), Garrett Kelly (McMurry University) and Keith Domino (Midwestern State University)
Elkins High School – Darren Woods (University of Nevada at Las Vegas), Jonathan Giles (Texas Tech University), Leroy Godfrey (University of Houston) and Omar Wilkins, Jr. (Texas A&M University-Kingsville)
Hightower High School – Christian Bertrand (Rice University), Daiquan Blount (Cisco Community College), Ian Perry (Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Joseph Black (Trinity Valley Community College), Keith Roberts (Cisco Community College), Serrick Preston (Texas Lutheran University), Shannon Joseph (Texas A&M University-Kingsville) and Terence Brigham (Grambling University)
Kempner High School – Jalin Scott (Missouri Southern State University), Kolby Archie (Arkansas Baptist University) and Reggie Sanders (Arkansas Baptist University)
Marshall High School – Davon Crookshank (Blinn College), Isaiah Adams (Grambling University), Justin Lofton (Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Kendall Sheffield (Alabama University) and Sam Awolope (Texas Christian University)
Ridge Point High School – Cameron Townsend (University of Texas-Austin), Dan Carpenter (Rice University), Jameel Cook, Jr. (Indiana University), Jordan Tolbert (Baylor University), Justin Jackson (Angelo State University), Kaiser St. Cyr (Iowa Central Community College), Ke’Shawn Ledet (University of Central Arkansas), Remus Bulmer (Sam Houston State University), Stephen Butler (Tabor College), Stevan Blaylock (Prairie View A&M University) and Torian Williams (Sam Houston State University)
Travis High School – Darius Doakes (Angelo State University), Hakeem Butler (Iowa State University), Major Johnson (Victor Valley Community College) and Steven Sims (University of Kansas)