Forty-eight senior student-athletes from Mobile County Public Schools were honored at Athletic Signing Day on Wednesday.
Most of the honorees had signed football scholarships, as Wednesday was also National Signing Day for college football. Among those going to upper-level college programs are Vigor’s Desmond Little (LSU) and Jayland Whitsett (Central Michigan), Davidson’s Gerquan Scott (Southern Miss), Theodore’s Colton Higgins (Navy) and Kameron Brown (Tennessee-Chattanooga), and Baker’s Joshua Pruitt (Navy).
Other Division I signees included LeFlore’s DeAntoni Gordon, who signed with Wichita State for basketball, and Mary G. Montgomery’s Caleb Smith, who will run track and cross country at South Alabama. Student-athletes also signed scholarships in baseball, softball, soccer, swimming and diving.
“I want to remind you that today is the beginning of your continued educational journey,” MCPSS Superintendent Chresal Threadgill told the student-athletes. “Thus far, you have been committed, driven, dedicated to this remarkable milestone in your life. And we’re very, very proud of you. But in academics and athletics, success isn’t given. It’s earned.
“I want to leave you with this quote from Vince Lombardi: The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary. You have to put in the work to be successful.”
The full list of Wednesday’s honorees:
Baker: Jacob Bailey/Coastal Community College North (baseball); Jeremiah Buenrostro/Belhaven, Joshua Pruitt/U.S. Naval Academy, Tre’von Simmons, Hutchinson (Kan.) CC (football); Caitlin McRee/Coastal Alabama CC, Bailey Murphy/Central Alabama CC (softball).
Blount: Jajuana Lambert/Shelton State CC (basketball); Decameron Johnson/Huntingdon College, Kobe McCovery/Coffeyville (Kan.) CC, Zodrick Milligan/Alabama A&M, Justus Trainer/Alabama State, Eric Williams/Alabama A&M (football).
Citronelle: Aaron Belt/LaGrange College, Joeffery Hutcherson/West Alabama; Dawson Stringer/Huntingdon College (football).
Davidson: James Atkins/West Alabama, Jamal Dozier/Cumberlands, Timothy Johnson/Belhaven, Gerquan Scott/Southern Miss (football); Alex Wichmann/Virginia Commonwealth (soccer); Mallory Wilson/Birmingham-Southern (diving); Garrett Yarbrough/Birmingham-Southern (swimming).
LeFlore: Christopher Holifield/Community Christian College, Jakomiko Nunn/Community Christian College, Marquez Tatum/Grambling (football). Not present: DeAntoni Gordon/Wichita State (basketball).
Mary G. Montgomery: Gabriel Dorough/Belhaven, Brady Faessel/Mississippi College (football); Caleb Smith/South Alabama (track/cross country).
Murphy: Kendall Adams-Young/Cumberlands, Timothy Sanders/Cumberlands, Christian Sellers/Cumberlands, Darnell Thomas/Cumberlands (football).
B.C. Rain: Jonathan Williams/Alabama A&M (football).
Theodore: Kameron Brown/Tennessee-Chattanooga, Colton Higgins/U.S. Naval Academy, Tyler Underwood/Delta State, Zachary Workman/Delta State, Jeremiah Hester/Cumberlands (football).
Vigor: Freddrick Austin/Tuskegee, Ronald Cooper/Tuskegee, Dedarius Evans-Busby/Cumberlands, Jamarcus Lewis/Dodge City (Kan.) CC, William “Chad” Rivers/West Hills (Calif.) CC, Tyrique Sellers/West Georgia, Eric Thomas Jr./Highland (Kan.) CC, Kyle Walker/Cumberlands, Jayland Whitsett/Central Michigan (football). Not present: Desmond Little/LSU (football).