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17 FWISD Students Officially Commit To Play College Sports


National Signing Day might as well be a holiday for college fans and alums, as their dreams of championships to come are tied to teenage signatures. What’s often lost in the tide of recruiting rankings and the persuasive abilities of college coaches is who the day is really about.nsd2020

It’s a day for student-athletes. Many young women and men are making one of the biggest decisions of their lives, taking the first steps towards their futures while living out their dreams.

Seventeen student-athletes representing six high schools took part in Fort Worth ISD’s National Signing Day Ceremony on Wednesday, February 5 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

“This really and truly is a fabulous day,” FWISD Director of Athletics Dr. Lisa Langston said. “These are my kids. They’re like my own children. To see them take their athletic abilities, along with their classroom success, and parlay that to the next level is amazing.

“The thing about sports is what kids get out of it. The intangibles that people can’t see. You’re not going to see it on a checklist. It’s what’s inside a person. It’s what they become. It’s doing something they didn’t think they could. It’s being part of team. All that helps you become successful in whatever career they choose.”

Parents, family and friends helped fill the gym floor for the celebration, along with school administrators and high school coaches. Each student-athlete was honored and signed his or her National Letter of Intent surrounded by loved ones.

Like many of those taking their place at the signing table, Arlington Heights High School softball standout Jalee Rae McDonald reflected on her journey. The All-American and two-time district Most Valuable Player signed with Texas Woman’s University.

“I’ve been playing since I was 4, and basically my parents have pushed me my whole life to get to this point and reach this goal,” Jalee Rae said. “To finally get it over with and accomplish my goal has been great.”

BenbrookEastern HillsPaschalSouthwest and Trimble Tech high schools were also represented. Southwest quarterback C’ing Blanton was one of six student-athletes to earn football scholarships.

“It means a lot,” said C’ing, who signed with Texas Southern University. “All the hard work paid off. I’m excited. It’s not too far away from home. It felt like home when I was there.

“The future is bright. I want to achieve my ultimate dream and play in the NFL. That’s something I can achieve by working at it every day.”

FWISD student-athletes signing letters of intent February 5 were:

Arlington Heights

Emily Andress, softball, University of Texas Permian Basin

Jalee Rae McDonald, softball, Texas Woman's University

Brandon Massey, golf, Texas Christian University

Ismail Nasir, football, Texas Wesleyan University


Emily Fowlkes, volleyball, Western Texas College

Mallory Gossett, volleyball, Central Baptist College

Camryn McGriff, volleyball, Shepherd University

Abigail Bramlett, track and field, Hardin-Simmons University

Eastern Hills

Malik Darden, football, Navarro College

Elyja Harper, football, Cisco College


Jackson Whit Dennis, cross country and track, University of Mississippi

Isaac Garcia, football, Texas Southern University


Zekiah Price-Taylor, volleyball, Jarvis Christian College

C’ing Blanton, football, Texas Southern University

Adreanna Waddle, basketball, Tarleton State University

Trimble Tech

Bre'auna, basketball, Huston–Tillotson University

Trejian Morgan, football, Lyon College


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