Sports - High School

Feb 5, 2014 7:16 PM by Drew Collins -

National Signing Day: Four Area Athletes Headed Division I

CORPUS CHRISTI - It started early Wednesday morning and extended through late in the afternoon, it's National Signging Day. Several student athletes from the Coastal Bend signed on the dotted line to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Here we go with the football signings. At Calallen High School, six Wildcats were recognized in front of a big crowd in the Library. Do-it-all wide receiver Triston Crossland is headed not too far north to UTSA. Crossland told us that the coaches want him to play running back and wide receiver with the Roadrunners.

"I've always wanted to play division I football, it's been a dream so when that offer came I knew that they believed in me and they were the first team to truly belive in me," Crossland said.

Linebacker Trevor Moses is staying even closer to home -- he's headed to Texas A&M Kingsville. The soon-to-be Javelina told us that the coaches want him to put on about 30lbs, and he's ready for the challenge.

"They have a long tradition of working hard and I know the coaches over there for a pretty long time and I know they're ready to improve," Moses said.

Fellow linebacker Kade Young is taking his skills on the field and in the classroom to Truman State in Missouri. Young could have gone to any Ivy League school, coach Phil Danaher pointed out.

"It was a great fit for me academically and athletically," Young said. "I took a visit up there, I love the people, and the coaching staff and the environment was awesome."

Three other Wildcats are headed to East Texas Baptist University, Dakota Cooksy-Hale, Austin Revels, and Creyton McDermett.

"Since middle school ball we've been playing together, so taking them up there it'lll be good to have someone you know," Revels said.

Four Ingleside Mustangs signed on the dotted line this morning. JD Rodriguez is headed to Hardin Simmons, Christian Britt is going to Navarro Junior College, Trent Selby is headed to Mary Hardin Baylor and Terrance Gross will be in the Lone Star Conference at Tarleton State University.

"Most of my family doesn't go through college for me to take this step and go is going to be exciting for them," Gross said.

At Refugio High School, JB Brown signed to Texas Lutheran University and Devon LaFrance is also headed to the Lone Star Conference - at West Texas A&M. Then around noon, big news from the Bobcats. Star quarterback Travis Quintanilla recieved an offer from Texas A&M Kingsville to play football and baseball. Quintanilla verbally committed to the Javelinas and is expected to sign his letter of intent on Friday morning.

In the afternoon, at Flour Bluff High School, defensive back Adrian Hynson signed with division one UTEP.

"I felt comfortable, I felt like the coaching staff was real good," Hynson said. "I feel like I could fit in fine, I just felt like it was where I need to be."

It wasn't just football signing day, several other student-athletes signed letters of intent for other sports.

West Oso's Akeyla Mitchell was very emotional at her signing for a track & field scholarship at Kansas State University.

"I can't believe this is my last year at Oso," Mitchell said. "I did volleyball, I did basketball, but track - that's my ticket out of here."

Refugio's Morgan Klaevemann signed to play softball at Florida State University.

King's Julian Sanchez signed a soccer scholarship to St. Edwards in Austin.

Make sure to check out all the pictures from Signing Day in the slideshow at the top of the story.

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    Congrats to Ingleside's JD Rodriguez (Hardin Simmons), Christian Britt (Navarro College), Trent Selby (Mary Hardin Baylor), and Terrence Gross (Tarleton State)!
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    Congrats to Refugio's JB Brown (Texas Lutheran) and Devon LaFrance (West Texas A&M)!
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    Congrats to Adrian Hynson who signed with D1 UTEP!
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    Congrats to West Oso's Akeyla Mitchell who signed a track scholarship with Kansas State!
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    Congrats to Refugio's Morgan Klaevemann for signing her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Florida State University! WOW!
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    Congrats to King's Julian Sanchez who signed a soccer scholarship to St. Edwards in Austin!
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