2:54 PM: Just heard that Marlin linebacker DeVincent Bateman has signed with Texas College in Tyler. Bateman was a second-team Super Centex selection this year and a first team all-district pick.
2:35 PM: Two signings from Meridian — offensive lineman Billy Miller will play for Tarleton State and Centex triple-jump champ Sydney Wright will compete for Memphis in track & field.
2:29 PM: Baylor track and field has announced the follow crop of 10 signees:
Men — Isaiah Duke, Edmond (Okla.) Memorial, springs; Richard Gary, Duncanville, middle distance; Chris McElrpy, Kingsport, Tenn., distance; Felix Obi, El Paso Franklin, triple jump; Alex Reece, Klein Forest, sprints
Women — Meredith Jackson, Indianapolis, Ind., middle distance; Taije Jordan, Lancaster, hurdles; Brianna Richardson, Rockwall-Heath, jumps; Kristen Smithey, Hubbard, throws; Olicia Williams, Melville, N.Y., middle distance
2:09 PM: Baylor soccer has announced the signing of nine players today:
Audrey Brook, a midfielder from Houston Memorial; Bri Campos, a forward from Centennial, Colo.; Katie Daigle, a defender from Lewisville; Jordan Hatler, a forward from Katy Cinco Ranch; Ashleigh James, a midfielder from Klein Collins; McKenna Martin, a defender from Yorktown, Va.; Anjadai Seals, a defender from Hurst Bell; Meredith Stark, a goalkeeper from Lee's Summit, Mo.; Hadley Young, a forward from Belton.
1:34 PM: University High has announced several football signings.
District 8-4A first teamer Adonis Haven (right) has committed to Hrdin-Simmons, along with UHS teammates Trojans Darious Burns and Antwane Nichols.
Fellow Trojans Michael Coleman and Fred Kelly signed to play at Lon Morris.
1:08 PM: Wide receiver Decrick Westbrook from Cameron Yoe, the District 12-2A Division I Player of the Year, signed with Blinn College.
1:04 PM: Temple coach Mike Spradlin confirms these players have signed:
Seth Culp - LB - West Texas A&M
Blake Dean - TE - West Texas A&M
Joe Pickett - P, K - Angelo State
Tim Briggs - OL - Tyler JC
Jeremy Garcia - DB - UMHB
Roman Mikeska OL - UMHB
11:24 AM: As expected, Daniel Garcia from McGregor has signed a cross country letter for Arlington Baptist.
No other signings from the Bulldogs, including notable football names like Keith Reineke and Taylor Fox.
|Tre’Von Armstead||OL||6-6||270||Fr.||Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS)|
|Dominique Banks||DL||6-2||260||Fr.||Denton, Texas (Ryan HS)|
|Terrell Burt||DB||5-10||165||Fr.||Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)|
|Devin Chafin||RB||6-0||200||Fr.||Burkburnett, Texas (Burkburnett HS)|
|Shamycheal Chatman||LB||6-2||230||Fr.||Sealy, Texas (Sealy HS)|
|Corey Coleman||WR||5-11||180||Fr.||Richardson, Texas (Pearce HS)|
|Aiavion Edwards||DB||6-0||210||Fr.||Stephenville, Texas (Stephenville HS)|
|Kendall Ehrlich||LB||6-1||215||Fr.||Pearland, Texas (Pearland HS)|
|Zorell Ezell||DT||6-0||265||Fr.||Humble, Texas (Humble HS)|
|Kyle Fuller||OL||6-4||270||Fr.||Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)|
|Kiante’ Griffin||WR||6-0||200||Fr.||Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS)|
|Patrick Levels||DB||5-10||180||Fr.||Dallas, Texas (Roosevelt HS)|
|Rashodrick Linwood||ATH||5-9||180||Fr.||Linden, Texas (Linden-Kildare HS)|
|Javonte Magee||DL||6-5||265||Fr.||San Antonio, Texas (Sam Houston HS)|
|Kaleb Moore||WR||5-11||180||Fr.||Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair HS)|
|Brian Nance||LB||6-2||210||Fr.||Euless, Texas (Euless Trinity HS)|
|Jamal Palmer||DE||6-2||230||Fr.||McKinney, Texas (Boyd HS)|
|Ryan Reid||DB||5-10||180||Fr.||Sherman, Texas (Sherman HS)|
|Seth Russell||QB||6-3||195||Fr.||Garland, Texas (Garland HS)|
|Terrence Singleton||ATH||5-10||175||Fr.||Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS)|
|Orion Stewart||DB||6-1||175||Fr.||Waco, Texas (Midway HS)|
|Lynx Hawthorne||ATH||6-0||185||Fr.||Refugio, Texas (Refugio HS)|
|Eddie Lackey||LB||6-0||220||Jr.||Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS / Northwood / Riverside CC)|
Athens offensive lineman Cameron Bailey did not sign. He signed with a junior college.
9:42 PM: Baylor gets another hometown signing as DB Orion Stewart inks it with the Bears for next season.
Stewart told us that Baylor was his No. 1 choice all along as a hometown school, so when they offered him a scholarship earlier this week, he jumped on it.
He also said he's looking forward to playing with former Midway standout Ahmad Dixon, who was like a "big brother" to him with the Panthers a couple of years ago.
Another Panther went Division I as Shakiel Randolph signed a letter of intent with SMU as well. Randolph said that SMU's combination of academic prestige and an up-and-coming program were big selling points for him.
Other football signings for Midway included Courtney Washington to Trinity Valley and a trio of Panthers to Cisco: Gerron Dewberry, Adam Deleon and Tevell Hardin.
In other Division I sports, Jazzmin Babers (volleyball, Texas A&M) and Aleah Davis (soccer, UTEP) signed letters of intent.
Patrick Herbelin will stay in Waco and play baseball for MCC. Other Midway signings include: Monique Miller with Navarro for softball, Jacob Brendemuehl with Ottawa (Kan.) University for tennis and Reid Carlisle with Belhaven University in Jackson, MIss. for golf.
9:35 PM: Reicher players DE Lincoln Plsek (Minnesota) and TE Jordan Smith (Kansas) have signed, as expected.
As Smith signed, his gathered family yelled out "Rock chalk Jayhawks!"
Smith commented that although he was worried about going to Kansas, the recent head-coaching hire of offensive-minded Charlie Weis was a "blessing in disguise."
Video: Michael Starts signs with Texas Tech; Trey Ridge signs with UMHB
9 AM: Our number one Centex recruit, La Vega standout Michael Starts, has just signed with Texas Tech.
Starts (pictured at right), a 6-4, 275-pound defensive tackle, is a Rivals.com four-star recruit. A member of our Super Centex team, the lineman was invited to the prestigious the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this year.
Also at La Vega, Trey Ridge has signed a letter of intent with UMHB.
8:55 PM: Just got word from Connally: Football signings from Adrian Baker (Eastern New Mexico), John Holt (Cisco) and Jeremiah Payne (Midwestern St.).
Also, Connally's talented Paula Smith signed to play volleyball and do track at Coppin State. (She's not a bad b-ball player, either.)
8:17 AM: Some more nuggets from Waco High on signing day:
Will Hines talked about his commitment switch from Missouri to Arkansas, saying that he felt more comfortable with the Razorbacks. And he said he loves to compete, so playing in the SEC, college football's premier conference, is a great fit for him.
He's looking forward to playing cornerback in Fayetteville, the same position where he starred with the Lions.
On the Darrell Harris front, Waco High coach Danny Ramsey said nothing's going to happen today, but he'll end up going somewhere.
Harris (pictured at right) visited Lamar last weekend, Ramsey said, and is currently looking at I-AA (sorry, FBS) schools like Sam Houston. Ramsey also commented that signing day changes frequently can open up spots, so it's hard to predict right now where Harris might end up.
Harris had a magnificent senior season in which he broke the school rushing record with 2,567 yards and was named our Super Centex Offensive Player of the Year.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Harris has two scholarship offers on the table, from UT-San Antonio and Cisco junior college.
Video: Will Hines signs with Arkansas
8:02 AM: It's official — Waco High defensive back Will Hines (pictured at right) has signed with Arkansas.
Rivals.com rates Hines, who’s listed at 6-2, 180 pounds, as a three-star recruit and the No. 35 cornerback nationally in the 2012 class. He’s also listed as the No. 62 overall recruit in Texas.
Hines played corner almost exclusively at Waco High. He had 34 tackles and an interception for the 7-4 Lions this year, who shared a district title and reached the bi-district round of the playoffs.
7:30 AM: Check back here at wacotrib.com throughout the day as local players sign with colleges. The signing ceremonies we've heard about are at left, and our lists of expected signess are below.
We'll be updating this article constantly throughout the day, so check back often.
TRIBUNE-HERALD CENTEX TOP 10
A ranking of the area’s top 25 high school football recruits
|1. Michael Starts||DT||6-4||275||La Vega||Signed with Texas Tech|
|2. Will Hines||DB||6-1||175||Waco High||Signed with Arkansas|
|3. Darrell Harris||RB||5-11||200||Waco High||Did not sign; offers from UT-San Antonio, Cisco College|
|4. Shakiel Randolph||DB||6-5||205||Midway||Signed with SMU|
|5. Lincoln Plsek||DE||6-3||235||Reicher||Signed with Minnesota|
|6. Decrick Westbrook||WR||5-11||175||Cameron Yoe||Signed with Blinn College|
|7. Jordan Smith||TE||6-5||220||Reicher||Signed with Kansas|
|8. Orion Stewart||DB||6-1||175||Midway||Signed with Baylor|
|9. Trey Ridge||DB||5-9||165||La Vega||Signed with UMHB|
|10. Keith Reineke||ATH||6-1||180||McGregor||Did not sign; interest from Sam Houston State, Tarleton State, UMHB|
OTHER FOOTBALL SIGNINGS
|Adrian Baker||Connally||Signed with E. New Mexico|
|John Holt||Connally||Signed with Cisco|
|Jeremiah Payne||Connally||Signed with Midwestern State|
|Billy Miller||Meridian||Signed with Tarleton State|
|DeVincent Bateman||Marlin||Signed with Texas College|
|Robert Lewis||Midway||Signed with Navarro|
|Courtney Washington||Midway||Signed with Trinity Valley|
|Gerron Dewberry||Midway||Signed with Cisco|
|Adam Deleon||Midway||Signed with Cisco|
|Trevell Hardin||Midway||Signed with Cisco|
|Seth Culp||Temple||Signed with West Texas A&M|
|Blake Dean||Temple||Signed with West Texas A&M|
|Joe Pickett||Temple||Signed with Angelo State|
|Tim Briggs||Temple||Signed with Tyler JC|
|Jeremy Garcia||Temple||Signed with UMHB|
|Roman Mikeska||Temple||Signed with UMHB|
|Adonis Haven||University||Signed with Hardin-Simmons|
|Darious Burns||University||Signed with Hardin-Simmons|
|Antwane Nichols||University||Signed with Hardin-Simmons|
|Michael Coleman||University||Signed with Lon Morris|
|Fred Kelly||University||Signed with Lon Morris|
|Volleyball/track||Paula Smith||Connally||Signed with Coppin State|
|Cross country||Daniel Garcia||McGregor||Signed with Arlington Baptist|
|Track & field||Sydney Wright||Meridian||Signed with Memphis|
|Softball||Monique Miller||Midway||Signed with Navarro|
|Volleyball||Jazzmin Babers||Midway||Signed with Texas A&M|
|Tennis||Jacob Brendemuehl||Midway||Signed with Ottawa|
|Soccer||Aleah Davis||Midway||Signed with UTEP|
|Golf||Reid Carlisle||Midway||Signed with Belhaven|
|Baseball||Patrick Herbelin||Midway||Signed with MCC|