National Signing Day 2018

National Signing Day 2018

by Steve Gamel

Both Hebron High School and The Colony had a slew of college prospects in multiple sports put pen to paper during last month’s highly-anticipated National Signing Day.

Both schools combined for an eye-popping 27 signees representing six sports during the annual recruitment ceremony on Feb. 1, which is the first day college football teams can officially sign 2018 freshmen. Many athletes from around Denton County, including those from Hebron and The Colony, made their commitments well in advance. But this was a chance to make it all official.

Of the 27 signees, 19 were from The Colony. The Cougars’ list was highlighted by football player Jemel Jones Jr. Jones, who signed with Army, is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback and one of the feel-good stories from signing day given that he missed his entire senior year due to injury.

Jones was one of nine football players from The Colony to sign, but what was most interesting about the Cougars’ signing day was the number of sports represented. Swimmer Emma Garfield signed her letter of intent to swim at Arkansas. She was joined by four soccer players, two baseball players, two softball players, and a volleyball star from the state champion Lady Hawks.

Meanwhile, Hebron had a high-profile signing day with eight football players moving on to the next level. Some of the more notable signings included Paul Akere (Columbia), Braden Daniels (Utah), Carlos Hatcher (Tulane) Jaren Mitchell (Northern Colorado) and
DeMario Montez (Navy).

Missing from that signing day list were Verone McKinley (Oregon) and Clayton Tune (Houston). McKinley and Tune signed during the early signing period in December.

Below is the list of signees from Feb. 1, 2018. This list does not include those athletes who signed in November or during the early signing day in December.


Thomas Alexander, The Colony, Texas Lutheran
Major Brown, The Colony, Itasca Community College
Antonio Delacruz, The Colony, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nick Dill, The Colony, Northwestern Oklahoma State
Jay Hurd, The Colony, Texas A&M-Commerce
Jemel Jones, Jr., The Colony, Army
Peter Kimani, The Colony, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Andrew Nelson, The Colony, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Abraham Olguin, The Colony, Texas College
Paul Akere, Hebron, Columbia
Braden Daniels, Hebron, Utah
Carlos Hatcher, Hebron, Tulane
David Leonty, Hebron, West Texas A&M
Jaren Mitchell, Hebron, Northern Colorado
DeMario Montez, Hebron, Navy
DeAndre Warren, Hebron, West Texas A&M
Clark Whitaker, Hebron, Lindenwood

Lori Baugh, The Colony, East Central
Lauren Campos, The Colony, Richland College
Loren Sanner, Lynchburg College

Patrick Caylor, The Colony, Texas A&M-Texarkana

Chase Long, The Colony, East Texas Baptist
Wesley Peerson, The Colony, Maryville College

Meredith Amrhein, The Colony, University of St. Mary
Zariya Stiner, The Colony, Hardin-Simmons

Emma Garfield, The Colony, Arkansas

Angelee Ng, The Colony, St. Peter’s University

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