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Stephen F. Austin Women’s Basketball Gets Commitment From John Tyler’s Alyssa Mayfield

Former John Tyler coach Mike Smith gives a high-five to Alyssa Mayfield during the Lady Lions' bi-district playoff win over Sulphur Springs on Feb. 18. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Former John Tyler coach Mike Smith gives a high-five to Alyssa Mayfield during the Lady Lions' bi-district playoff win over Sulphur Springs on Feb. 18. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

John Tyler's presence inside last season helped the school garner a top 10 ranking in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches' 5A poll, a share of the District 16-5A title with a similarly highly ranked Lufkin squad and a second-round trip into the playoffs.

Not much should change since the primary two Lady Lions forwards will return this fall. However, this go-around, college names are attached.

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ETSN Combine Speaker Ahmard Vital: Success Leaves Clues

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We were thrilled to have Ahmard Vital as the guest speaker for the fourth annual ETSN.fm + APEC Football Recruiting Combine.

Vital, a motivational speaker based out of Houston and former regional recruiting analyst for Scout...

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Lindale’s Terrell Cooper Offered By Texas State

Lindale defensive end Terrell Cooper (98) picked up an offer from Texas State on Tuesday. (Michel Alfaro, ETSN.fm)
Lindale defensive end Terrell Cooper (98) picked up an offer from Texas State on Tuesday. (Michel Alfaro, ETSN.fm)

Texas State continued its recruiting presence in East Texas by extending an offer to the eighth local player in the 2017 class.

Lindale defensive end Terrell Cooper became the latest, he announced via Twitter on Sunday evening...

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John Tyler Forward Destini Whitehead Picks Up First Offer From North Texas

John Tyler's Destanie Whitehead is awarded the 2015 Macy Chenevert Patriot Classic's Most Valuable Player award from Becky and Steve Chenevert, the parents of the tournament's namesake, after the tournament's championship game on Dec. 31, 2015.
John Tyler's Destanie Whitehead is awarded the 2015 Macy Chenevert Patriot Classic's Most Valuable Player award from Becky and Steve Chenevert, the parents of the tournament's namesake, after the tournament's championship game on Dec. 31, 2015.

Local girls basketball followers figured Destini Whitehead was in for big things even before she won District 16-5A's Offensive Most Valuable Player Award as just a sophomore last season.

Big things have started to arrive.

North Texas offered the 5-foot-10 junior forward a college basketball opportunity Sunday. John Tyler athletics coordinator and head football coach Ricklan Holmes announced Whitehead's first-ever Division I college invitation.

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Air Force Offers Lufkin Receiver Dhailon Phillips

Lufkin receiver Dhailon Phillips picked up an offer from Air Force on Thursday.
Lufkin receiver Dhailon Phillips picked up an offer from Air Force on Thursday.

The United States Air Force Academy is in on a fifth East Texan within the 2017 recruiting class.

Dhailon Phillips heard from the Falcons program Thursday evening, and the conversation ended with the Lufkin receiver possessing his second Division I FBS college football scholarship opportunity. Phillips reported the news directly to ETSN.fm.

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Lufkin’s Kordell Rodgers Commits to Texas State

Lufkin Kordell Rodgers, breaks away from Lufkin's A'Darius Carter.
Lufkin quarterback Kordell Rodgers committed to Texas State on Thursday.

The second East Texas incoming senior has offered up a verbal college commitment in as many days. Lufkin QB/ATH Kordell Rodgers is the latest.

Rodgers (5-10, 165) confirmed to ETSN.fm Thursday evening of his intention to sign with Texas State in February...

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Hallsville Baseball Star Justin Slaten Commits To New Mexico

Hallsville's entire dugout dons their "rally caps" during Game 2 of their playoff series with Frisco Wakeland on Friday afternoon in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Hallsville's entire dugout dons their "rally caps" during Game 2 of their playoff series with Frisco Wakeland on Friday afternoon in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

College baseball coaches know their recruiting jobs are not done until they get their prospects on campus for the fall semester.

Panola College lost a solid high school prospect Wednesday. New Mexico gained one.

Recent Hallsville graduate Justin Slaten, a right-handed pitcher and first baseman for one of East Texas' most successful programs, announced via Twitter he received a late offer from Lobos head coach Ray Birmingham and will shortly move to Albuquerque, N.M., rather than following through on his plan to play at least one season of junior college ball.

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Texas High’s Cade Pearson Commits to North Texas

Texas High quarterback Cade Pearson announced his commitment to North Texas on Wednesday. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Texas High quarterback Cade Pearson announced his commitment to North Texas on Wednesday. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

With the summer in full swing, another East Texas recruit in the 2017 class has made his college decision.

Texas High quarterback Cade Pearson offered up his verbal commitment to North Texas, he announced through Twitter on Wednesday...

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East Texas Has Its First 2019 Prospect: Pittsburg Receiver Keontae Burns

Pittsburg head coach Brad Baca has a conversation with the head official during the Pirates' win at Princeton on Oct. 30. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Pittsburg head coach Brad Baca has a conversation with the head official during the Pirates' win at Princeton on Oct. 30. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

East Texas Baptist University and Southern Mississippi's joint camp at Gilmer High School yielded its first offer Tuesday, and it went to someone completely off the radar. Until now.

Keontae Burns, a sophomore receiver at Pittsburg with no varsity experience thus far, apparently caught the eye of Southern Miss representatives at the local event with a combination of size and speed relative to his age. Pittsburg head coach Brad Baca reported to ETSN.fm the Golden Eagles' scholarship offer for Burns.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 4A, Football, News, Recruiting

Gilmer Safety Kollin Hurt Commits To Louisiana Tech

Gilmer safety Kollin Hurt committed to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. (Courtesy, Gilmer ISD)
Gilmer safety Kollin Hurt committed to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. (Courtesy, Gilmer ISD)

It's safe to say Kollin Hurt is enjoying his weekend visit to Louisiana Tech.

Gilmer's senior safety verbally committed to the Bulldogs program Saturday in favor of other Division I FBS offers from Louisiana-Monroe and UTSA. It took Hurt, who announced the news via his Twitter account, just 25 days from the time he received the offer to determine the Bulldogs program is the best fit for him.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 4A, Football, News, Recruiting

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