NATIONAL SIGNING DAY


PEARLAND — High School football players and college football coaches from around the country have had February 6, 2019 circled on their calendars for a year. The first Wednesday of February is the magic signing day for football standouts all across America.

It is a time of relief for student-athletes who have gone through the rigorous recruiting process and hearing the pitch of various recruiters regarding their particular educational and athletic programs.

Coaches wait by the fax machines at their respective schools ready to receive the official document that a particular athlete has kept their non-binding verbal commitment made prior to the official signing date.

Now that the papers have been signed and delivered, student-athletes can focus on the rest of their senior year - to concentrate on their studies and spring sports before it will be time to head to their respective schools to begin their educational and athletic careers at the collegiate level. It certainly is a dream come true for all.

Several players in the area made commitments and are excited about their future. Here are the players and the schools they will attend.

Pearland Oilers

The Oilers were 10-0 during the regular season under new coach Ricky Tullos. Pearland advanced to the post-season for the 19th consecutive year where they fell to Dickinson in the first round of the playoffs. The Oilers displayed a lot of talent on the field this season and the players were rewarded for their hard work. Players signing included:

Austin Landry (Angelo State), Jaelin Benefield (Eastern Illinois), Sincere Haynesworth (Tulane -signed early), Gilbert Ibeneme (Texas Tech - signed early), Jaret Porterfield (Stephen F. Austin), Malcolm Linton (Howard Payne), Mason Cook (Colorado School of Mines), Brayden McKinney (Trinity), and Isiah Iton (Northern Colorado).

Friendswood Mustangs

Friendswood finished the 2018 football season with a 6-4 mark, but missed the playoffs for the first since 2007 and the first time under head coach Robert Koopmann who has been at the helm since 2012. The Mustangs were in one of the toughest 5A districts in the state and despite giving a great effort each week, they came up a little short to extend their season.

The Mustangs have four players who will be continuing their education and playing careers at the next level. They are: Michael Gibson (Blinn JC), Blaze Hilton (Texas A&M-Commerce), Zach Zamora (Southwestern), and Roderick Hutchinson (Dordt College).

Dawson Eagles

The Dawson Eagles finished the regular season at 5-5 and advanced to the playoffs under new head coach Mike Allison. The Eagles fell to Clear Lake 28-14 in the bi-district round to end their season.

The Eagles have five players who will continue their education and playing careers. They are: Marcus Allen (Universidad De Las Americas Puebla), Spencer Cody (Northwestern State), Jacob Johnston (Arkansas at Monticello), Kris Levi (Navarro JC), Mason Pierce (McNeese), and Steven Rochon (Air Force).

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PEARLAND — Sincere Haynesworth
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PEARLAND — Jaelin Benefield
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PEARLAND — Braden McKinney
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PEARLAND — Gilbert Ibeneme
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PEARLAND — Austin Landry
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PEARLAND — Malcolm Linton
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PEARLAND — Kristopher Levi
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PEARLAND — Isaiah Iton
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PEARLAND — Mason Cook
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PEARLAND — Jaret Porterfield
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FRIENDSWOOD — Zach Zamora
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FRIENDSWOOD — Michael Gibson
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FRIENDSWOOD — Baze Hilton
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FRIENDSWOOD — Roderick Hutchinson
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DAWSON — Steven Rochen
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DAWSON — Jacob Johnston
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DAWSON — Spencer Cody
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DAWSON — Marcus Allen
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DAWSON — Mason Pierce