National signing day celebrated by Manvel student-athletes

MANVEL — Manvel head coach Kirk Martin saw 13 of his football players sign national letters-of-intent to continue their education and football careers on, Wednesday, Feb. 1 on National Signing Day.

Martin has had over five dozen players sign college football scholarships since the school opened.

The success that Manvel has experienced under Martin has attracted major colleges from all across the country to consider his players at the next level.

Martin has been at the helm of the Mavs since the day the school opened in 2007. Martin has an overall record of 96-24 and 53-11 in district action. The Mavs have won five district championships, 24-4A (2011), District 22-5A (2012, 2013), District 22-6A (2014) and District 23-5A (2016). Martin has been named district "Coach of the Year" several times and has also received "Coach of the Year" honors from the Touchdown Club of Houston in 2011.

Manvel closed out the 2016 football campaign with a 14-1 mark falling to Temple 24-23 in the Class 5A Div. I state semifinals.

National Signing Day featured 15 student-athletes inking their collegiate letters-of-intent that included for football: Demarcus Benjamin (Northwestern College), Arik Bennett (Henderson State), Lance Bryant (Indiana), Koby Foster (Central Arkansas), London Harris (Texas State), Caleb Jolivette (Sam Houston State), Anthony Lindsay (Howard Payne), Bryson Rector (Sterling College), Keylon Stokes (Tulsa), Colby Thomas (Sam Houston State), Derrick Tucker (Texas A&M), and Nick Wilkins (Texas State).

Signing a track scholarship is Jaren Colbert (UT at San Antonio) and a swim scholarship is Noelle Redmon (Lindonwood University).