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Signing Day: Klein student-athletes unveil college choices

February 8, 2019

Numerous Klein Independent School District student-athletes signed their National Letter of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level during National Signing Day, Feb. 6.

The regular Division I football signing period began Feb. 6 and concludes April 1. For Division II recruits, the signing period ends August 1. The regular basketball signing period starts April 17 and closes May 15. The initial signing date for all other Div. I and Div. II sports started last Nov. 14 and closes Aug. 1, 2019.

Over 15 northwest football players signed early ahead of National Signing Day, including Klein Collins four-star running back Isaiah Spiller, who signed at Texas A&M, Langham Creek three-star dual-threat quarterback Chris Herron, who signed at Kansas State, Westfield three-star dual threat quarterback Terrance Gipson, who signed at SMU, and Tomball three-star tight end Logan Compton, who signed at Baylor.

Over 80 northwest Houston athletes, in addition to football, have also signed during the early basketball and football signing periods.

Klein Collins lost to Austin Vandegrift 28-21 in double overtime at Waller ISD Stadium in the Area round. The Tigers ended the season at 10-2 overall and 7-1 in District 15-6A under head coach Adrian Mitchell.

With Mitchell at his side, linebacker Ethan Frazier was named to the first team defense in 15-6A and signed to play football at Grand View University.

“I would like to thank everybody who has been by my side since I’ve been at Klein Collins.” Frazier said. “I want to give a special thanks to coach Mitchell and the Klein Collins Athletic Department for everything, I wouldn’t be here without them either.”

Klein Oak lost to Midway 28-27 at Leonard George Stadium in the third round of the postseason. The Panthers ended the season at 10-3 overall and 6-2 in District 15-6A under head coach Jason Glenn.

Under the leadership of former NFL player Glenn, defensive end and outside linebacker Chas Hill was named to the second team defense in 15-6A and signed to play football at Kilgore Junior College.

“I want to thank all the coaches that have helped me in this process, specially I want to thank coach Glenn and coach Westmoreland for believing and trusting in me when I joined Klein Oak,” Hill said. “I would also like to thank my teammates for accepting me when I became a member of Klein Oak.”

Klein lost to Westfield 10-6, at Leonard George Stadium in the Bi-District round. The Bearkats ended the season at 6-5 overall and 5-3 in District 15-6A under head coach Shane Hallmark.

Hallmark’s secondary included defensive back Omaric Battles, who was named to the first team defense in 15-6A and signed to play football at Southern Arkansas, just like teammate defensive back Dhaki Adams.

“I want to thank the whole Klein High School and community for all the support,” Battles said. Thank you to all my coaches for seeing the potential in me when I was young and showcasing my talents on the varsity level for three years.”

Klein Oak

Volleyball

Jessica Wilson - Hesston College

Baseball

Anthony Wilson - Cedar Valley Junior College

Kyle Bishop - Central Baptist-Arkansas

Christian Huerta - Bossier Parish

Devin Patel - Rutgers University

Soccer

Ava Schulte - Texas Women’s University

Football

Garrett Butler - Texas Wesleyan

Kelvin Scott - Texas A&M-Commerce

Tyler Hudson - University of Central Arkansas

Chase Hill - Kilgore Junior College

Will Kinyo - Texas A&M-Kingsville

Thomas Hathorn - Henderson State

Colbie Habermacher - Sam Houston State University

Dayton Capps - Blinn Junior College

Grant Watts - Culver Stockton

Max Edwards - Texas A&M-Kingsville

Basketball

Timothy Eldridge - Eastern Arizona

Boys soccer

Zachary Thorsen - East Texas Baptist

Luke Silhan - Lubbock Christian University

Francisco Velez - Harding University

Wrestling

Brianna Jones - Schreiner University

Swimming

Riley Klawiter - Wyoming

Klein Collins

Football

Michael Alexander - University of Texas-Permian Basin

Ethan Frazier - Grand View University

Ronzell Raven - Northeastern State University

Carter Rhyne - Abilene Christian University

Kyler Williams - Grand View University

Scott Brighton - University of Texas

Wyatt Evers - The United States Military Academy at West Point

Micah Rupert - United States Army

Caleb Daily - United States Navy

Softball

Renata Boyd - Colorado School of Mines

Madison Dillon - Sam Houston State University

Kenedy Hines - University of Texas - Arlington

Katy Schaefer - Houston Baptist University

Madison Stokes - Paris Junior College

Araya Williams - St. Johns River State College

Skylar Wooten - Angelina College

Sydnye Cromwell - Galveston College

Girls basketball

Devyn Whitten - Huntingdon College

Girls soccer

Nicole Olaya - Navarro College

Swimming and diving

Zachary Pierce - Baldwin Wallace University

Note: Scott Brighton, Wyatt Evers, Micah Rupert, and Caleb Daily, are not playing football. Brighton is the Valedictorian. Evers has an appointment to attend West Point where he plans to throw the discus. Rupert has enlisted in the Army; he is currently in National Guard. Daily will enlist in the Navy in Feb. when he turns 18 years old. Everyone else will be student-athletes next year at their perspective schools.

Klein

Football

Omar Battles - Southern Arkansas

Dhaki Adams - Southern Arkansas

D’Anthony Simms - Blinn College

Jackson Miller - Stephen F. Austin State University

Baseball

Tony Limon - Luna JR College

Cross country

Emily Cole - Duke University

Golf

Madison Freeman - Sam Houston State University

Lacrosse

Hailie Moore - Central Michigan University

Boys soccer

Cody Smith - Schreiner University

Girls soccer

Gillian Cole - Mary Hardin Baylor University

Kristen Walker - Tiffin University

Softball

Baylee Branham - Galveston College

Swimming and diving

Jordan Hennig - University of Hawaii

Trent Holladay - Asbury University

Sarah Decker - Hunter College

Klein Forest

Football

Trey Vance - Navarro Junior College

Christion Derrick - Navarro Junior College

Miles Jenkins - Tyler Junior College

Christian Harris - Midwestern State

Basketball

Khyree McDaniel - Central Oklahoma

Softball

Clarissa Tristan - Coastal Bend College

Baseball

Hagen Barcello - Colby College in Kansas

alvaro.montano@chron.com

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