National signing day celebrated by Manvel student-athletes

MANVEL — Manvel head coach Kirk Martin saw 11 of his football players sign national letters-of-intent to continue their education and football careers on, Wednesday, Feb. 7 on National Signing Day.

Martin has had over six 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 108-25. The Mavs have won six district championships, 24-4A (2011), District 22-5A (2012, 2013), District 22-6A (2014) and District 23-5A (2016, 2017). 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 2017 football campaign with a 14-1 mark falling to Highland Park 53-49 in the Class 5A Div. I state championship game.

This will be the last signing class for coach Martin as he recently was named quarterback coach for Syracuse University.

Martin, a longtime Texas high school coach, is in-laws with Syracuse University head coach Dino Babers as Babers' daughter, Jazzmin, married Martin's son, Koda, in July.

"First and foremost, Coach Martin is a family man," Babers said in a statement. "His values align with what we teach our players every day about being better fathers, better sons, and better husbands. The type of person he is and his success training elite-level players makes him an excellent fit for our program."

Martin has spent the last 25 years coaching high school ball in Texas, most recently starting the program at Manvel High School and growing it into a perennial winner over 10 seasons. His legacy includes eight straight playoff berths (2010-17) and appearances in the state championship game in 2011 and 2017.

It was another banner year for the Mavericks as the following student-athletes signed letters-of-intent to continue their education and playing careers at the next level.

They include: Cecori Tolds – University of Incarnate Word (Football), Jalen Preston – Texas A&M University (Football), Brian Johnson – Texas A&M University (Football), Charles Reed – Navy (Football), Kam Scott – Missouri (Football), Xavier Rossette – Navy (Football), Deneric Prince – Texas A&M University (Football), DePriest Taylor – Prairie View A&M (Football), Brendon McDonald – Harding University (Football), Steven Shaw – Louisiana Tech University (Football), Jalen Momerelle – Texas State University (Football).

Other student-athletes who signed in other sports included: Alexis Uresti – Nichols State (Softball), Warren Lester – Grambling State (Baseball), Damon Fernandez – Texas State University (Baseball), Jonathan Jones – San Jacinto JC (Baseball).