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Cameron Yoe’s Sicory Smith signs with Blinn College.

Staff photo— Rod Aydelotte

Cameron Yoe had two players sign on Wednesday’s National Signing Day – two-time Super Centex pick Sicory Smith signed with Blinn College and defensive lineman Jesse Valdez signed with Howard Payne.

Smith, 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, was a Super Centex pick at return specialist in 2015 and at wide receiver this season with 70 catches for 1,339 yards and 20 touchdowns. It was Smith’s third consecutive season with 1,000-plus receiving yards.

He follows another Cameron Yoe star to Blinn after Heisman finalist Dede Westbrook went from there to Oklahoma and was a Heisman finalist this season.

“Some of the people I look up to have gone to Blinn and done some great things,” Smith said. “Dede went there, and everyone saw all of the success he had and he’s someone I admire.”

Valdez, 6-1 and 230 pounds, was a second team Super Centex pick.

“Just thankful to be from a community like this, to be born and raised here,” Valdez said. “You always felt how much they loved football and loved the team. I’ve got a great opportunity in front of me and I feel wonderful about it, just excited for what it represents.”

Lorena

Lorena quarterback Cole Baker signed with Blinn College. Baker, 6-foot and 190 pounds, set school single-season records this season by passing for 2,087 yards and 19 touchdowns. Baker, a two-year starter, was first team District 9-Class 4A Division II as Lorena ran the table in district play.

Troy

Troy defensive lineman Cameron Cavanaugh dominated in the trenches this season, and on both sides of the ball. He signed with NCAA Division II Angelo State, where he’ll play defensive line. Cavanaugh, 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, racked up 86 tackles and two sacks on his way to being named second team Super Centex defenisive line.

Reicher

Reicher’s high-flying offense produced two signees — quarterback Jeric Smith to Hardin-Simmons and wide receiver Clayton Keahey to Southwestern.

Smith, a second-team Super Centex pick, threw for 3,391 yards and 49 touchdowns this season.

“They run what they call a smash-mouth spread,” said Smith, who also rushed for 365 yards and eight touchdowns. “They want their quarterback to be able to air it out and be able to run it when they have to.”

Keahey had 51 catches for 914 yards and 13 touchdowns.

“It was pretty clear from my first visit that’s where I wanted to be,” Keahey said. “I just loved it there, felt really comfortable right away.”

Bosqueville

Bosqueville had two athletes sign – Treston Frazier signed to play football for Hardin-Simmons and Chloe MeGee signed to play softball for Southwest Assemblies of God.

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