District 12-6A champion Midway produced nine signees for collegiate football teams on National Signing Day. Temple, District 17-5A’s winner, and Waco La Vega, the Class 4A I titlist, also produced stellar senior classes with eight and four players inking letters of intent.
“Oh man, it was a little emotional,” Pirate running back Kendall Ratliff told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “I kept it together, didn’t want to break down in front of everybody.”
Quarterback Sam Glaesmann highlighted the Panther 2016 class, pledging his services to Rice. Other Midway written commitments included safety Reece Anderson (Hardin-Simmons), running back Eric Clayburn (Abilene Christian), defensive back Christian Davis (SMU), defensive end Anthony Flowers (Tarleton State), linebacker Landon Jones (SW Assemblies of God), kicker Jackson Smith (Houston), wide receiver Joseph Ward (Tyler JC), and running back Treston Womack (Elmhurst).
“Sam is very athletic,” Rice head coach David Baliff said. “He has a great football IQ and a quick release that allowed him to step in as a senior and make an immediate impact.”
Wide receiver Davion Curtis (Texas) and linebacker Corey Mann (North Texas) caught the greatest attention among Wildcat signees. Defensive end Leonard Ferris (Trinity Valley), wide receiver Aaron Freeman (Incarnate Word), offensive lineman Darren Harris (Trinity Valley), defensive back Jalen Rios (Midwestern State), defensive back Quintin Smith (UMHB), and offensive lineman Jermaine Townsend (Trinity Valley) also garnered scholarships.
“You need guys that can blow the top off coverage that can keep your safeties high,” Longhorn Network analyst Ahmad Brooks said. “He’s (Curtis) the ideal player for that.”
Although the Pirates may have lacked some quantity, they made it up in quality. Three of La Vega’s athletes put their names on the dotted line for D1 programs.
In addition to Ratliff, who signed with Tyler JC, defensive back Parrish Cobb switched his pledge from Oklahoma to Baylor at the l1th hour, making Bear fans smile with glee. Wide receiver Brandon Benson held true to SMU, and offensive lineman Waahid Muhammad joined former Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery at Tulsa.
“Parrish is exactly what we’re looking for,” BU head coach Art Briles said. “When you get that from a local, from someone who already knows and loves Waco, that’s icing on the cake.”
In addition to Curtis, the Longhorns collected two more Central Texans in their 2016 class. Belton offensive lineman Zach Shackelford and Waco defensive back Eric Cuffee will both head to Austin.
“The guy (Cuffee) plays cornerback, but he hits you like a safety,” Brooks said. “His open field tackling is next level.”
The Aggies corralled the services of Fairfield running back Charles Oliver, and Killeen Shoemaker sent defensive tackle Kendall Jones (Alabama) and Rahssan Thornton (LSU) to the SEC. Gatesville produced a pair of future collegians in linebacker Cooper Edmiston (Tulsa) and offensive lineman Zach Mack (Stephen F. Austin), and Harker Heights offensive lineman Chris Hughes signed with Kansas.