Posted: Feb 6, 2013 9:17 PM by Tyler Garrett - email@example.com
Updated: Feb 6, 2013 9:17 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - National Signing had several last minute surprises across the Coastal Bend, as 18 football standouts and 3 soccer stars signed their National Letters of Intent.
The first signing of the day turned out to be the biggest surprise as Kingsville wide out Chris Lykins shocked everyone turning down A&M-Kingsville for Division 1 Stetson University in Florida. Lykins kept the move a secret from everyone, including his parents who were shocked and thrilled when he made the announcement.
"It actually came last minute happened around 4:30am and before I knew it I was with Stetson," he said.
His teammate and best friend John Houston then signed with A&M-Kingsville over Navy.
"I had an offer from Navy, but they wanted me as a linebacker and I wanted to show what I can do here," said Houston.
Refugio was home to another last minute decision as Wideout Marcus Thompson found a home at Blinn College, telling us the school didn't make an offer until Tuesday evening. The same held true right down the road at Woodsboro where DeBray Bonner got a late night offer from Division II Minot State that he couldn't pass up.
"I had a few offers and they were looking to give me a full ride scholarship and it was a no brainer," said Bonner.
For the most part, the other football signings went as planned, with A&M-Kingsville inking 8 local stars to their 2013 class. Former Mathis standout Levi Mair also joining the Javelinas, Mair of course finished his career at Lockhart.
Click the video for the complete signing day recap, we were the only media outlet in the Coastal Bend at every single signing on National Signing Day.
2013 HS Football National Signing Day Signings
Chris Lykins WR (Kingsville) Stetson
Andrew Dilworth WR (Flour Bluff) A&M-Kingsville
Dillon Garcia OL (Orange Grove) A&M-Kingsville
John Houston III QB (Kingsville) A&M-Kingsville
Jamal Pradia WR (Flour Bluff) A&M-Kingsville
Stuart Sanchez OL (Carroll) A&M-Kingsville
Daniel Shaheen LB (Carroll) A&M-Kingsville
Derek Shedd WR (Sinton) A&M-Kingsville
Draigon Silvas RB (Refugio) A&M-Kingsville
Brandon Michaels OL (Gregory-Portland) Oklahoma Panhandle
David Morris DE (Flour Bluff) Oklahoma Panhandle
Kolton Mims QB (Flour Bluff) Mary Hardin-Baylor
DeBray Bonner RB (Woodsboro) Minot State
Greg Couvillon WR/DB (Orange Grove) Hardin Simmons
Malcolm Franklin RB (Refugio) West Texas A&M
Aaron Ploeger OL (Flour Bluff) West Texas A&M
Dillon Vaughan OL (Calallen) West Texas A&M
Marcus Thompson WR (Refugio) Blinn
2013 HS Soccer National Signing Day Signings
Kennah Leal M (Rockport) A&M-Corpus Christi
Naomi Morales G (Calallen) A&M-Corpus Christi
Heather McKinney M (Beeville) Incarnate Word
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