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Seven Sign on National Signing Day

Feb 04, 2015 01:22PM ● By Mike

Seventh Heaven: (from L-R) Tariq Gordon, King Newton, Grant Stewart, Ryan Agnew, Andy Chelf, Ricardo Becerra and Paige Johnson stand before supporters at the SLC Student Activity Center just prior to signing their national letters of intent.

Seven Sign on the Dotted Line

By Robert Halliman

Signing day is a day in which the dream continues.  As millions of high school athletes across the world compete to make it to the collegiate level and advance their athletic careers only few are chosen to sign the coveted letter of intent.   As one of the nation’s top High Schools, Southlake Carroll’s tradition speaks for itself as the Dragon athletics program has kept up the tradition of funneling many of its athletes to continue their education and athletic prowess at universities across the country.  Today, on National Signing Day, seven more Dragons signed their letters of intent.  Family, friends and coaches gathered as these seven student athletes joined their fellow seniors, 29 in all from the class of 2014-15 who will take their game and their education to the next level.

Head Coach Hal Wasson has a long history in helping his football players achieve their goals to play at the next level with this year being no different. Five Football players signed scholarships to continue their football career, with three of his players signing to play at the Division 1A level, Quarterback Ryan Agnew (San Diego St.), Nose Tackle King Newton (University of Texas at San Antonio), and Defensive back Andy Chelf (Purdue).  Two more football players signed Letters of Intent Wednesday with defensive back Tariq Gordon continuing his college career at Lamar University and Offensive Tackle Grant Stewart choosing to attend the Colorado School of Mines.

“You’re excited for the players and you’re excited for the families because it’s really difficult to get a college scholarship,” said Head Coach Hal Wasson.  “Less than three percent get college football scholarships, its great for the kids, its great for their parents and definitely their teammates.”

After leading the Dragons to the fourth round of the playoffs this past season, Quarterback Ryan Agnew is excited about his opportunity to continue playing the game he loves, with new scenery and experiences in his future.

“I am looking forward to expanding myself and going away from home and seeing how I will evolve with so much change coming fast,” said Agnew.  

The Southlake boys and girls soccer teams also produced athletes who signed Letters of Intent and will be playing soccer collegiately.  On the boys side Ricardo Becerra signed with Bryant University in Rhode Island, while Paige Johnson made it official signing on to four years with Utah.

“I’m proud of Paige for the hard work she has put forth towards her college scholarship and the efforts that she put in in the classroom as well ass the field to receive a college scholarship,” said Girls Soccer Head Coach Renae Osborne.

Dragons Taking Part in National Signing Day

Ryan Agnew, San Diego State, Football

Andy Chelf, Purdue, Football

Tariq Gordon, Lamar University, Football

King Newton, University of Texas at San Antonio, Football

Grant Stewart, Colorado School of the Mines, Football

Paige Johnson, University of Utah, Soccer

Ricardo Becerra, Bryant University, Soccer