Photo by Jonathan Bachman
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.
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.
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.
Hit the jump for a complete list of players, their high school and where they will go to college (in no particular order).
- Kendrick James, O. Perry Walker H.S., Louisiana Tech University
- Cornelius Lucas, Edna Karr H.S., Kansas State University
- Shakies Smith, Edna Karr H.S., Tulane University
- Paul Wallace, Riverdale H.S., Nicholls State University
- Jordan Sullen, Edna Karr H.S., Tulane University
- E'jaaz Mason, O. Perry Walker H.S., Jackson State University
- Earl Hurton, Edna Karr H.S., Langston University
- Jahmay Devose, O. Perry Walker H.S., Southern University
- Torance Everett, O. Perry Walker H.S., Apprentice School
- Larry Moore, Edna Karr, Alcorn University
- Tyrone Dugolessis, O. Perry Walker H.S., Louisiana Tech University
- Kieristen Gardner, Edna Karr H.S., Langston University
- Chris robert, Helen Cox H.S., Langston University
- Torell Miller, O. Perry Walker H.S., Kansas State University
- Kyle White, McDonogh 35 H.S., North Texas
- Kedrick Morns, McDonogh 35 H.S., Mississippi College
- Jabriel Jones, McDonogh 35 H.S., Mississippi College
- Kobert Johnson, McDonogh 35 H.S., Grambling
- Jewell Ratliff, McDonogh 35 H.S., Universtiy of Louisiana-Lafayette
- Joey Fontana, Brother Martin H.S., Southern Methodist University
- Deron Wilson, O. Perry Walker H.S., University of Southern Mississippi
- Darius Carey, Helen Cox H.S., North Texas
- Javone Lawson, Helen Cox H.S., University of Louisiana-Lafayette
- Jordant Sennett, O. Perry Walker H.S.,, Langston University