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Signing Day: Spring student-athletes reveal college picks

February 8, 2019

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

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

Dekaney had to win by 11 points over Eisenhower in the regular season finale in order to get in the playoffs. Dekaney beat Eisenhower 24-14, at George Stadium.

The Wildcats finished 5-5 overall under head coach Anthony Williams and missed the playoffs by one point via a five-way tiebreaker. Dekaney, Spring, Eisenhower, Aldine Davis and Nimitz all tied for second place in District 16-6A at 4-3.

Wildcat quarterback turned wide receiver Joshua Cephus was named to the first team offense in 16-6A and committed to Southern Arkansas University in January.

“Above everything I want to thank God for the abilities that he’s blessed me with and giving me the opportunity to play at the next level,” Cephus said. “I appreciate every coach that recruited me.”

Cephus will attend UTSA to play both football and baseball.

Fellow Wildcat Terell Ratcliff, amongst others, also made a huge decision earlier in January to attend Bethel College.

“I thank my friends and family for keeping me uplifted throughout the entire process and most of all, my coaches,” Ratcliff said. “They not only helped me become and better player but also a better young man.”

Spring (5-6, 4-3) lost to Klein Oak 17-14 in double overtime at George Leonard Stadium in the Bi-District round. The Lions ended the season at 5-6 overall and 4-3 in District 16-6A under head coach Trent Miller.

One of Miller’s players who was brought up from junior varsity in 2017 was tight end and tackle Marcus Senne, who committed to West Texas A&M University in January.

“I would like to thank my coaches for making me the man I am today,” Senne said. “I would also like to thank my parents for always being on my side and always riding the highs and lows throughout the recruiting process, but I’ve finally found a place I can call home for the next 4-5 years.”

Teammate linebacker A’Zavier Roane won’t be far away from Senne next school year, as he also made the decision of attending West Texas A&M.

“I truly appreciate all of my high school coaches for pushing me and building me into the football player and young man that I am today,” Roane said.

Westfield head coach Matt Meekins, who was nominated for The Touchdown Club of Houston 2018 UIL Coach of the Year award, led the Mustangs to 9-1 overall during the regular season and 7-0 in District 16-6A.

Three-star offensive tackle Cedric Claiborne was named to the first team offense in 16-6A and committed to UTSA in January.

“Everything I said I went and did it,” Claiborne said.

Fellow Mustang Jaylen Stanford was named to the second team defense in 16-6A and signed with the University of the Incarnate Word.

“God is good, I’m truly blessed, and thankful for it all,” Stanford said.

Spring

Football

Ashalon Jones - Blinn College

Kamron Andrus - Southern Nazarene University

Titus Howard Jr. - Midwestern State University

Marques Pearson - Kilgore College

Marcus Senne - West Texas A&M University

A’Zavier Roane - West Texas A&M University

Clifton McDowell Jr. signed earlier to play for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Baseball

Sebastian Rodriguez - Richland Junior College

Bryce Yosko - Northeast Texas Community College

Softball

Yoni Moore - Baylor University

Yasmine Rivera - Hill College

Track and field

Daniel Harold - Southern University

Treyvon Mays - Texas State University

Volleyball

Travel Morris - University of Idaho

Westfield

Football

Cedric Claiborne - University of Texas at San Antonio

Tre Coburn - Tyler Junior College

Keith Dixon - Ellsworth Community College

Rayshawn James - Texas A&M University - Commerce

Ian Massey - Trinity Valley Community College

Franklin Montgomery - Tuskegee University

Alvin Poole - McPherson University

Jawaun Singletary - Stephen F. Austin State University

Jaylen Stanford - University of the Incarnate Word

Na’keo Thomas - Texas Lutheran University

Terrance Gipson signed earlier to play football for Southern Methodist University.

Dekaney

Football

Marcus Banks - University of Alabama

Malik Diop - West Texas A&M University

Maxwell Epps - Texas A&M - Commerce

Rayvion Flowers - Trinity Valley Community College

Terrell Ratcliff - Bethel College

Football and baseball

Joshua Cephus - University of Texas at San Antonio

alvaro.montano@chron.com

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