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.


11:08 AM: Baylor has inked 23 football recruits on national signing day:

Name Pos Ht Wt Class Hometown (schools)
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.

La Vega lineman Michael Starts, one of Central Texas' best players, already knows he’s headed to big-time college football.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.




A ranking of the area’s top 25 high school football recruits

Player School Pos Ht Wt Status
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


Player School Status
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


Sport Player School Status
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

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