Last Wednesday at Wheeler Fieldhouse, the Fort Bend ISD athletic department held a National Signing Day ceremony for 58 seniors who signed national letters of intent to play college football.
Six student athletes signed to play with a Power 5 conference – the Big 12 Conference, the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten Conference and the Pac 12 Conference.
The University of Missouri (SEC) signed District 20-6A most valuable player Chad Bailey from Ridge Point.
“Missouri kept it real with me from the jump. I have the utmost respect for their coaches,” Bailey said.
Mustapha Muhammad, one of the top-ranked tight ends in the nation, and a District 20-6A All-District tight end from Ridge Point, signed with the University of Michigan (Big 10).
“I chose Michigan because it is a great university. It is a place I can see myself thrive in because of the atmosphere, the academic standards, the people, the fans, the coaching staff, and it has the top business school in the country as I intend to major in business,” Muhammad said.
Texas A&M (SEC) signed Luke Matthews, a unanimous District 23-5A All-District offensive lineman from Elkins, and Barton Clement, a District 23-5A All-District offensive lineman from Marshall.
Stanford University (Pac 12) signed Jacob Mangum-Farrar, a District 20-6A All-District inside linebacker from Kempner.
The University of Colorado (Pac 12) signed Hasaan Hypolite, a District 20-6A All-District linebacker from Hightower.
Two student athletes chose to attend a service academy. Mike Eziuloh, Bush High School, will be attending the Air Force Academy, and Adam Bazan, Ridge Point High School, will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.
“When I visited the academy, I just saw all of the possibilities that they offered – good education, big-time football and a guaranteed future,” Eziuloh said.
He intends to study civil engineering.
“When West Point contacted me, I saw the endless opportunities it provided, and I just wanted to go,” Bazan said.
He intends to study law and legal studies.
“I think its amazing, and after seeing him there, it seems like such a natural fit,” Theresa Bazan, Adam’s mother, said. “The program, the academics, and the support are all great. This was just a natural fit.”
All of the FBISD student athletes who signed national letters of intent are:
Austin High School
Fareed Soluade, Lawrence Tech University
Ronald Dixon, Lawrence Tech University
Emmanuel Ngole, Bethel College
Troy Hicks, Anderson University
Gerald Miller, Texas Wesleyan University
Bush High School
Toluwashe Buoye, Pittsburg State
Shawn Thomas, Texas A&M Commerce
Wade Freeman, Texas Lutheran University
Jeremiah Green, Alcorn State University
Mike Eziuloh, Air Force Academy
Tanyitaku Tanyi, West Texas A&M University
Jadon Joseph, Tyler College
Brian Smith, Texas Lutheran University
Clements High School
Noah Ziman, Culver-Stockton University
Dulles High School
Alfred Gansallo, Howard University
Elkins High School
Luke Matthews, Texas A&M University
Patrick Ballard II, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Rickey McIntyre, Kansas Wesleyan University
Rodney McGraw, New Mexico State University
Luke LeBlanc, Trinity University
Jailon Howard, Arkansas Monticello
Vernon Harrell, Houston Baptist University
Jamal Henry, Texas Lutheran
Hightower High Schools
Tyrik Ellis, Trinity Valley
Hasaan Hypolite, University of Colorado
Devin McAdoo, Blinn
Anthony Williams Jr., Tennessee State
Quinton Alex, Sam Houston
Donavan Newman, III, East Texas Baptist
Kempner High School
Abbott Ashioru, University of Central Arkansas
Jordan Oliver, University of Louisiana – Monroe
Jacob Mangum-Farrar, Stanford University
Marshall High School
Barton Clement, Texas A&M University
Jabari James, University of Tulsa
Henry Thomas, University of Houston
Stephan Gay, Midwestern State
Geovante Howard, Kilgore Junior College
Braxton Brantley, Kilgore Junior College
Ridge Point High School
Chad Bailey, Missouri
Corbin Ball, Dordt College
Jeremiah, Glaspie, Texas Lutheran University
Knowledge Smith, University of Nevada
Aaron Allen, Louisiana Tech University
Carlin Wiseman, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor
Dennis Osagiede, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Quent Titre, Abilene Christian University
Mustapha Muhammad, University of Michigan
Zach Brady, Central Arkansas
Jarrett Preston, University of Texas – San Antonio
Adam Bazan United States Military Academy at West Point
Noah Harrington, Texas Lutheran University
Treveon Hamlin, Trinity Valley
Travis High School
Jake Lynch, Texas State University
Naveon Mitchell, New Mexico State University
Eli Wall, undecided
Austin Bertness, undecided
Dakota Crawford, Colorado School of Mines
Amryan Jeffery, Millsaps College
Reginld Clark Jr., Bacone College