National Signing Day in Southwest Louisiana

national signing day in swla

Today is National Signing Day, the day that dreams come true for high school football stars across the country... and across Southwest Louisiana.

There are four Barbe Buccaneers who will play football on Saturdays next fall. Lineman Logan Woods and kicker Jamie McGee are heading to Arkansas-Monticello, Big DeSean Smith is taking his talents to Baton Rouge, and defensive back Callen Smith will stay home and play for Matt Viator for McNeese.

Desean Smith has had a lot of big days in the past year, but none bigger than today.

Across town at Washington-Marion, five more football stars signed their letters of intent this morning.

Melvin Jones headlines the class with his commitment to LSU. Greg Lewis, Leon Guillory and Reginald Braxton will all head to Louisiana College, and Isaac Roberts is on his way to Arizona Western College.

Big Melvin Jones was a quarterback for the Charging Indians, but he will try his hand as a linebacker for Les Miles in Baton Rouge.

Melvin Jones and DeSean Smith are two of 27 LSU signees today, giving Les Miles a recruiting class most consider to be in the top 10 in the nation, though probably not in the top 5.

With 10 juniors leaving Baton Rouge early for the NFL, Miles needs a lot of young talent to reload the Tigers' roster for 2013.

There are 23 new McNeese State Cowboys today, 19 high schoolers and 4 transfers that will come to Lake Charles next fall.

Coach Matt Viator signed 4 wide receivers, including highly regarded Khalil Thomas from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, and 6 defensive backs, including Ja'Len James, a transfer from Texas-San Antonio who played his high school ball at LaGrange.

Brian Walker will trade the blue and gold of the Sulphur Tors for the purple and white of Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches. 

Walker gained more than 25-hundred all-purpose yards scored 31 touchdowns during his career as a Golden Tor.

Four young warriors signed their names on the dotted line this morning at Hamilton Christian.

Isaiah Wayne Wheeler is heading to Northwestern State, Richard Gillespie to Louisiana College, Seth Edwards is on his way to Alabama State, and big Jeremiah Guillory signs with Grambling State.

Head coach Jacob Sullen has revitalized the football program at LaGrange, and today he sends five more seniors to the collegiate ranks.

Tirell Wellmaker signs with Central Arkansas, Fred Williams with Copiah Lincoln Community College, and Robert Leday, Mackenzie Lewis and Nick Peetree with Independence Community College in Kansas. 

And Basile has two Bearkats signing letters of intent today.

Running back Kevin Hardy and defensive end Kaleb Bergeaux are both heading to Louisiana College this fall.

Sam Pavlovich is on her way to play linebacker at the University of Miami. 

Wait a minute, that doesn't sound right.

She is actually going to the University of New Orleans on a track and cross country scholarship.

I'm sure the tipping point was her victory over me in Drew vs. You back in August.

And Sam has a new teammate today, it's Sarah Booth from St. Louis High School. 

Sarah will also join the Lady Privateers as a track and cross country runner at UNO this fall.

So congratulations to all of our signees across Southwest Louisiana today.