Six Football Players, Two Girls Soccer Players Sign at Longview’s National Signing Day Ceremony
LONGVIEW -- John King has made sending football players to college commonplace at Longview, which had six more players in the 2014 class seal their college football destinations during Wednesday's National Signing Day ceremony at Longview High School's turf room.
Three of those six football players are headed to the Division I FBS level. One of them -- defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson -- is already enrolled at Texas A&M.
Wednesday's ceremony saw safety Travin Howard and receiver Dorian Leonard make good on their pledges. Howard signed with TCU, while Leonard signed with Texas.
Defensive lineman DeRodrick Alexander signed with Southeastern Oklahoma State (Division II), while two Lobos are headed for the Southwest Junior College Football Conference (JUCO D-I): defensive back/punter Chris Coby and safety Stephan Maxey Coby inked with Trinity Valley Community College. Maxey signed with Tyler Junior College, a late switch after recently committing to Trinity Valley.
Longview's girls soccer program will send two players to four-year college programs.
Lauren Hall signed with Stephen F. Austin State, following in the footsteps of Jennifer Boudreau, the Lady Lobos' 2013 Division I signee who wound up at Memphis. Hall joined Molly Warren, who signed with Angelo State.
Howard earned ETSN.fm East Texas Defensive Player of the Year after recording 89 tackles, 10 for loss, one sack, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, four defensive touchdowns, and two punt return touchdowns as a senior. A longtime UTSA commitment, he switched to TCU late in the process after an official visit yielded an offer a couple of weeks ago.
Leonard, who was an ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team second-team selection, caught 40 passes for 725 yards and 11 touchdowns, all of which led the Lobos. He committed to Texas during the summer and never wavered, choosing the Longhorns over offers from Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, and Texas Tech.
Henderson, an ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team first-teamer, committed to TCU last February, then decommitted in early September. He pledged to Texas in early December, but the coaching change led to the semester graduate enrolling at Texas A&M a few weeks ago. Despite missing the first five games of the year, Henderson had almost 40 tackles, including 13 for loss and two sacks.
Alexander had a big year on Longview's defensive line, finishing with 49 tackles, 13 for loss, and eight sacks, which tied junior Omar French for the team lead. Maxey, an ETSN.fm East Texas Super Team first-teamer, finished second on the team with 93 tackles and also had two interceptions, a fumble recovery, a punt block, and one defensive score. Coby had 40 tackles, three pass breakups, and one kick block in addition to averaging 40 yards per punt.
Hall and Warren each scored one goal in Longview's 2-0 shutout against district rival Tyler Lee on Tuesday night.
Longview's 2014 National Signing Day
Soccer -- signed with Stephen F. Austin State
Soccer -- signed with Angelo State
Football -- signed with Texas
Football -- signed with TCU
Football -- signed with Tyler Junior College
Football -- signed with Southeastern Oklahoma State
Football -- signed with Trinity Valley Community College
Football -- enrolled at the semester at Texas A&M