In front of an overflowing crowd at the Humble Civic Center, more than 30 student-athletes from Humble ISD celebrated the highlight of their athletic careers on National Signing Day. Originally designed as a day to celebrate the signing of the best high school football players across the nation, the day has now come to symbolize a momentous occasion for all high school athletes looking forward to playing at the collegiate level.
Humble athletic director Troy Kite reminded the audience that this day did not happen by accident.
“This did not happen by accident,” said Kite as he talked about how this day came to be for one of Humble ISd’s largest signing group. “There’s of people that went in to these athletes getting here today. Today is really about a celebration of our community and our families because it is truly an amazingaccomplishment of what these young people and and you have helped them accomplish.”
Signings occurred highlighting the accomplishments of athletes from golf, volleyball and swimming to baseball, softball, soccer and of course football.
Signings such as that Kingwood Park quarterback Zach Purcell and Summer Creek running back Broderick Jones now turn former opponents into teammates. Both will continue their football careers at Midwestern State University. Some like Atascocita wide receiver Coye Fairman and running back Patrick Taylor Jr. will remain teammates as both committed to Memphis University. Others like Summer Creek’s Isaiah Bean (Kansas) and teammate Zaccarian Holcombe (University of Illinois) will continue their careers in the Big 12 and Big 10 respectively. Some like Matthew Reyna (Kingwood Park football) and Curtis Rhodes (Kingwood Park baseball) will join the junior college ranks. Reyna will be at Navarro Junior College next fall while Rhodes takes his talent to Wharton County Junior College.
Only two percent of all high school student-athletes get to experience the joy this day brings to them and their families.
HISD’s list of signees
Bradyn Rice, Donzae Peacock – Blinn College
Devin Hafford – Tarleton state University
Alan Smith – Texas A&M Kingsville
Coye Fairman, Patrick Taylor Jr. – Memphis University
Niyl Campbell – Kilgore Junior College
Jackson Reed – Navarro Junior College
Amon Simon – Texas A&M Commerce
Alyssa Contreras – Texas A&M International
Langston Tunson – Huston Baptist University
Blake George – Lamar University
Jeremiah Hartfield – Henderson State
Parker Coogan – Columbia University
Sloane Scharold – Texas Christian University
Lindsey Leatherwood – University of Texas san Antonio
Mari Gillespie – Stephen F. Austin University
Ethan Rushing – Southwestern University
Zach Purcell – Midwestern State University
Matthew Reyna – Navarro Junior College
Tori Gatling – University of Mary Hardin – Baylor
Gabriella Segura – Colorado State of Pueblo
Curtis Rhodes – Wharton County Junior College
Steven Hodgson – Odessa College
Mackenzie Lee – University of Louisiana Lafayette
Kobi McNutt – University of Texas El Paso
Softball & Volleyball
Kendall Searcy – Hamilton College
Broderick Jones – Midwestern State University
Isaiah Bean – Kansas
Zarrian Holcombe – University of Illinois
Paris Harper – Jarvis Christian College
Chloe Shaver – Jarvis Christian College
Mariah Sosa – Hinds Community College
Danae Daron – Stephen F. Austin State University