Fort Bend ISD High School Football Players take part in National Signing Day

Nearly 50 Fort Bend ISD football players representing eight high schools were honored at a National Signing Day Ceremony on February 5, held at Wheeler Field House. Hosted by the District’s Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Professional Football Player Mothers Association (PFPMA), the event gave family members, coaching staff, principals, FBISD administrators and other supporters the opportunity to congratulate the athletes and witness a mock signing of their National Letters of Intent, sealing their commitment to play for college and university football teams next year.

Philip O’Neal, FBISD Athletic Director, welcomed guests to the event saying, “It’s a terrific day to be in Fort Bend ISD as we congratulate athletes who are signing contracts for scholarships.”

Dr. Christie Whitbeck, FBISD Deputy Superintendent, followed O’Neal extending a welcome on behalf of Superintendent of Schools Charles Dupre and the District. She commended the athletes for the sacrifices they’ve made in balancing their education and athletic pursuits.

The guests then welcomed Devard Darling, guest speaker for the occasion. The Austin High School graduate and former NFL player for the Baltimore Ravens, offered the athletes words of advice. “Once you enter college,” he said, “learn to persevere and fight through obstacles that may get in your way. Above all, enjoy every moment of your academic and athletic career.”

Following Darling’s remarks, O’Neal introduced the honored athletes, who then took part in a “mock” signing of their NCAA National Letters of Intent.

Participating were:

Austin High School – Seun Aboderin (Tarleton State University), Vic Enwere (California Berkeley), Trevor Myklebust (West Texas A&M), Ryan Reprogle (South Dakota School of Mines), and Abdul Wague (West Texas A&M); Bush High School – Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (Toledo), Brandon Cain (Western New Mexico University), Locksley Collie (Western New Mexico University), Jyren McCain (Navarro College), Donald Monroe (Western New Mexico University), Ronald Monroe, Josh Morris (Navarro College), Dareeus Townsend (Western New Mexico University), Justin Vaughn (Henderson State University), and Daniel Washington (Bethel College); Clements High School – R.J. Slater (Air Force Academy): Dulles High School – Karl Kalubi (Navarro College), and Peyton Thorne (Texas A&M Commerce); Elkins High School – Andrew Aneke (Texas State University), Darrion Ardoin (Stephen F. Austin), Jaylon Bowden (Blinn Junior College), Keundre Colquitt (Grand View University), Laurence Hall (Grand View University), Timothy Jackson (Tyler Junior College), James Jett (San Jose Junior College), Shahab Khorshidpanah (San Jose Junior College), Tobenna Okeke (Fresno State), Grant Patterson (Trinity University), and John Sam (San Jose Junior College); Hightower High School – Matthew Adams (University of Houston), Roosevelt Appleten (University of Houston), Montria Brown (Sam Houston State University), Nolan Clay (Grand View University) Donovan Edwards (Central State University), Cameron Harvey (Grand View University), Eddie Nickles (Southern University or MidWestern State), Spencer Smith (Bethel College), Michael Spiller (Blinn Junior College), Kelan Taylor (Tarleton State University), Chibuzor Ugwu (Penn State), Brandon White (Grand View), Joeal Williams (University of Houston), and Khalil Williams (University of Houston); Ridge Point High School – Camyron Brown (Texas State), Arien Ferguson (Trinity Valley), Jae Phan (Rice University), and Blake Wesley (Texas A&M Kingsville University); Travis High School – Nick Harvey (Texas A&M University) and DeVonte Williams (Texas A&M Kingsville University)

Fort Bend ISD will host a similar ceremony in the spring for all other athletes who have signed scholarships.

Representing Austin High School are athletes (from left) Abdul Wague, Ryan Reprogle, Trevor Myklebust, Seun Aboderin, Vic Enwere, and (standing) Head Coach Dan Schreiber.

Representing Austin High School are athletes (from left) Abdul Wague, Ryan Reprogle, Trevor Myklebust, Seun Aboderin, Vic Enwere, and (standing) Head Coach Dan Schreiber.

Bush High School athletes, coaches and parents.

Bush High School athletes, coaches and parents.

Clements High School athlete R.J. Slater is pictured with Head Coach Keith Knowles, his parents Katie and Reginald, and brother Rashawn.

Clements High School athlete R.J. Slater is pictured with Head Coach Keith Knowles, his parents Katie and Reginald, and brother Rashawn.

Dulles High School athletes (seated from left) Peyton Thorne and Karl Kalubi are pictured with Grayle James, FBISD Board Member; Meece Thorne, mother of Peyton; Head Football Coach Jim Creech, Marie Kalubi, mother of Karl; and Ronnie Edwards, Principal at Dulles High School.

Dulles High School athletes (seated from left) Peyton Thorne and Karl Kalubi are pictured with Grayle James, FBISD Board Member; Meece Thorne, mother of Peyton; Head Football Coach Jim Creech, Marie Kalubi, mother of Karl; and Ronnie Edwards, Principal at Dulles High School.

Shown from Elkins High School are (seated, from left): Andrew Aneke, Timothy Jackson, Keundre Colquitt, Jaylon Bowden, Tobenna Okeke, Laurence Hall; and (back row)   Grant Patterson, Shahab Khorshidpanah, James Jett, Head Coach Dennis Brantley, Darrion Ardoin and John Sam.

Shown from Elkins High School are (seated, from left): Andrew Aneke, Timothy Jackson, Keundre Colquitt, Jaylon Bowden, Tobenna Okeke, Laurence Hall; and (back row)   Grant Patterson, Shahab Khorshidpanah, James Jett, Head Coach Dennis Brantley, Darrion Ardoin and John Sam.

Pictured (clockwise, from left) are: Dena Scott, FBISD Assistant Athletic Director; Coach James Williams, Marshall High School; Coach Randy Cunningham, Travis High School; Coach Jim Creech, Dulles High School; Coach Keith Knowles, Clements High School; Coach Allen Aldridge, Bush High School; Coach Dan Schreiber, Austin High School; Coach Padriac McGinnis, Hightower High School; Philip O’Neal, FBISD Athletic Director; Coach Dennis Brantley, Elkins High School; Coach Brett Sniffin, Ridge Point High School; Professional Football Player Mothers Association members Dorothy Okung (Seattle Seahawks), Gloria Orakpo (Washington Redskins) and Cleotha Aldridge (Denver Broncos); and Dr. Christie Whitbeck, FBISD Deputy Superintendent.

Pictured (clockwise, from left) are: Dena Scott, FBISD Assistant Athletic Director; Coach James Williams, Marshall High School; Coach Randy Cunningham, Travis High School; Coach Jim Creech, Dulles High School; Coach Keith Knowles, Clements High School; Coach Allen Aldridge, Bush High School; Coach Dan Schreiber, Austin High School; Coach Padriac McGinnis, Hightower High School; Philip O’Neal, FBISD Athletic Director; Coach Dennis Brantley, Elkins High School; Coach Brett Sniffin, Ridge Point High School; Professional Football Player Mothers Association members Dorothy Okung (Seattle Seahawks), Gloria Orakpo (Washington Redskins) and Cleotha Aldridge (Denver Broncos); and Dr. Christie Whitbeck, FBISD Deputy Superintendent.

Hightower players shown are: Michael Spiller, Eddie Nickles, Kelan Taylor, Brandon White, Nolan Clay, Cameron Harvey, Spencer Smith, Joeal Williams, Matthew Adams, Khalil Williams, Roosevelt Appleten, Chibuzor Ugwu and Donovan Edwards with Head Coach Padriac McGinnis (standing).

Hightower players shown are: Michael Spiller, Eddie Nickles, Kelan Taylor, Brandon White, Nolan Clay, Cameron Harvey, Spencer Smith, Joeal Williams, Matthew Adams, Khalil Williams, Roosevelt Appleten, Chibuzor Ugwu and Donovan Edwards with Head Coach Padriac McGinnis (standing).

Ridge Point High School principal Tammy Edwards and Head Coach Brett Sniffin are shown with players (seated, from left) Jae Phan, Arien Ferguson, Blake Wesley and Camyron Brown.

Ridge Point High School principal Tammy Edwards and Head Coach Brett Sniffin are shown with players (seated, from left) Jae Phan, Arien Ferguson, Blake Wesley and Camyron Brown.

Representing Travis High School are (seated from left): Head Coach Randy Cunningham, player DeVonte Williams; and (back row) Assistant Coach Rodney Williams, and DeVonte’s father, Kenneth Williams.

Representing Travis High School are (seated from left): Head Coach Randy Cunningham, player DeVonte Williams; and (back row) Assistant Coach Rodney Williams, and DeVonte’s father, Kenneth Williams.

Devard Darling, Austin High School graduate and former NFL player, is shown addressing the crowd.

Devard Darling, Austin High School graduate and former NFL player, is shown addressing the crowd.

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