BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Wednesday is National Signing Day.
It’s the final piece to the 2019 recruiting class puzzle. We’ll be there when many local high school stars put pen to paper by signing their letters of intent to the college of their choosing.
LSU and Alabama both went after Amite stars Ishmael Sopsher and Devonta Lee. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a native of Amite, weighed in on what he thought would happen.
However, things didn’t quite turn out that way. Lee, a 4-star wide receiver, decided to stay in purple and gold. He signed with LSU.
Sopsher went the other way and chose Alabama.
The governor congratulated Lee on his decision to stay in the Bayou State.
Zachary had several players from its state championship team ink letters of intent. Wide receiver Chandler Whitfield decided to stay in Louisiana and play his college ball at ULM.
His fellow Bronco teammates who signed as well are Caleb Jackson to Nicholls St.,Taylor Milton to New Mexico St., Khris Simmons to Prairie View, and Tyler Judson to Tulane.
Defensive lineman Dillion Davis from Ascension Catholic is headed to Nicholls St.
Southern Lab linebacker Tyler Guidry is heading west down I-10 to join the Ragin' Cajuns. UL tweeted his commitment before 7:30 a.m.
St. Amant running back K.J. Franklin is also staying fairly close to home. He is joining the backfield of the Nicholls St. Colonels.
Madison Prep safety Bertrand Carrell decided to stay home to play for Southern.
Carrell will have a familiar face around, as fullback Myles Patin, who also starred at Madison Prep, decided to stay in Baton Rouge and play at Southern.
Another Charger, linebacker Michael Henderson, is headed right down the road to Southeastern.
Other athletes from Madison Prep decided to take their skills a bit farther north.
In addition to the two athletes above, Nicholls St. head coach Tim Rebowe, the head football coach at Nicholls St., received signed letters from two other guys from Ascension Parish in Jordan Jackson and Shawn Hall. He also picked up a confirmed commitment from defensive lineman Elijah Reames from Catholic.
There was a whopping nine football signees at East Ascension High. Two of them are going to D-1 programs in-state. Defensive end Deshon Hall is headed to Louisiana Tech and receiver Markquell Stewart is going to McNeese. Three Spartans chose Mesabi Range College in Minnesota. They are Jaquann Mitchell, Nick Massey, and Derrick Smith. Shaivonn Robinson signed with the Muleriders of Southern Arkansas. Cooper Ducote is bound for Millsaps College, while Donrell McKenzie is headed to the Boll Wevils of Arkansas-Monticello, and Tahj Ballard is going to Arkansas Baptist.
Charvis Thornton, one of five Southern Lab football players to sign Wednesday afternoon, is headed to Louisiana Tech. Christopher Welch will join those other guys mentioned above at Nicholls State. Tyshawn Howard had already signed with the Lions of Southeastern in December. Kendarius Moses will play for the Pirates of Independence Community College, while Tyvon Howard picked Bayou Prep.
Scotlandville had a nice signing day, with four Hornets signing letters of intent: Cameron Armstead (Cornell), Jalen Womack (Arkansas-Monticello), Darrel Henderson (Arkansas-Monticello), and Jimmy Profit (Garden City).
Safety Anthony Shaffer from Central High decided to stay close to home and play for the Jags.
It was a big day for all involved, but it was NOT all about those on the gridiron. Kids signed their letters of intent in all sports.