Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Saints host college football signing day

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 8:12 PM

click to enlarge kids signing papers for college

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Photo by Jonathan Bachman

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Well National College Football Signing day is upon us and there were plenty of kids signing their names to commitment letters at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. This is the third year that the Saints have hosted this signing day event and this year it included some speeches from Saints' players Jon Stinchcomb and Mike McKenzie.

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Stinchcomb gave the players practical advice along the lines of "work hard, be coachable and get an education" while McKenzie related a story about how he entered college at Memphis with "a swagger" and ended up being a red-shirt freshman because he was too stubborn to change positions his first year.

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All in all, though, it was a day for all the kids and their parents to relish in the glory of a free college education. After the opening comments by Stinchcomb, McKenzie and Saints' owner Tom Benson, players lined up and took turns stating their names and what schools they will be attending in the fall. It went as well as you'd expect a row of 25 high school seniors saying their names would go — that is, quickly and awkwardly. Though we're lucky no one interrupted the ceremonies to do a speech.

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Hit the jump for a complete list of players, their high school and where they will go to college (in no particular order).

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  1. Kendrick James, O. Perry Walker H.S., Louisiana Tech University
  2. Cornelius Lucas, Edna Karr H.S., Kansas State University
  3. Shakies Smith, Edna Karr H.S., Tulane University
  4. Paul Wallace, Riverdale H.S., Nicholls State University
  5. Jordan Sullen, Edna Karr H.S., Tulane University
  6. E'jaaz Mason, O. Perry Walker H.S., Jackson State University
  7. Earl Hurton, Edna Karr H.S., Langston University
  8. Jahmay Devose, O. Perry Walker H.S., Southern University
  9. Torance Everett, O. Perry Walker H.S., Apprentice School
  10. Larry Moore, Edna Karr, Alcorn University
  11. Tyrone Dugolessis, O. Perry Walker H.S., Louisiana Tech University
  12. Kieristen Gardner, Edna Karr H.S., Langston University
  13. Chris robert, Helen Cox H.S., Langston University
  14. Torell Miller, O. Perry Walker H.S., Kansas State University
  15. Kyle White, McDonogh 35 H.S., North Texas
  16. Kedrick Morns, McDonogh 35 H.S., Mississippi College
  17. Jabriel Jones, McDonogh 35 H.S., Mississippi College
  18. Kobert Johnson, McDonogh 35 H.S., Grambling
  19. Jewell Ratliff, McDonogh 35 H.S., Universtiy of Louisiana-Lafayette
  20. Joey Fontana, Brother Martin H.S., Southern Methodist University
  21. Deron Wilson, O. Perry Walker H.S., University of Southern Mississippi
  22. Darius Carey, Helen Cox H.S., North Texas
  23. Javone Lawson, Helen Cox H.S., University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  24. Jordant Sennett, O. Perry Walker H.S.,, Langston University

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