5 Panthers, 2 Dragons sign National Letters of Intent

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - National signing day is a day many kids dream of, but few live out.

Our area has produced 4 kids with Division1 FBS talent.

Starting off in Nacogdoches, the Dragons will graduate two big time seniors with big time offers.

"I'm real proud of Jacob and Greg," said Bobby Reyes, Nacogdoches head football coach. "I'm excited they are going to have the opportunity to further their education and continue to play football"

Education is something Coach Reyes harpes on and that defensive end Greg Roberts will continue, now that he has signed to play with the Baylor Bears.

"I'm hoping to get my degree in 3 and a half years. I'm would like to get my masters in business," said Roberts. "The players there are amazing and it just feels like it's the right fit for me. I can really do some good things there."

Then you have Jacob Bragg, the All-American center, who has signed with the Kansas.

Signing day for him is bittersweet as he signs not only for himself, but for a former teammate who intended to play for the Jayhawks alongside him, before unexpectedly passing away.

"Andre Maloney he was actually with me when I committed. He was on the same recruiting trip I was," said Bragg. "Earlier this year he scored a touchdown and when he came off the sideline he fell down. They took him to the hospital and he later died of a stroke."

Following Bragg to represent East Texas together will be Lufkin panther DJ Williams, as he will also play for the Jayhawks.

Williams sees an a great opportunity for himself to succeed.

"They didn't have a lot of depth on their roster and they told me I could have a lot of playing time. They showed a lot of interest in me," said Williams. "I hope Bragg and I can make a name for East Texas and be very successful."

Last to play at the Division1 FCS level, but certainly not least, Jamal Jeffery is set to play on the same stage as the notorious Johnny Manziel did, at Texas A&M.

"It's an honor. I can't wait to get down there, put in the hard work and get playing time on the field," said Jeffery. "It's a blessing I get a chance to put on for myself, be successful and put on for my family."

Those are the athletes signing at the Division1 FBS level, but signing at any level to play college ball is an honor.

The Lufkin Panthers had 3 other signees Wednesday. One of those being offensive lineman Wacey Hartman, who signed to play at Stephen F. Austin State University.

"I was talking earlier about when I was 10 years old, I was walking around, hoping I could play on the Lufkin football team one day. I made it there, and now I'm making it even bigger. It's a dream come true. It's really amazing," said Hartman.

Dominick Hall was next to sign. The offensive lineman has signed to play at East Texas Baptist University. Hall says he hopes to make Lufkin proud.

"It makes me feel like I got to go up there and do great. I have all these people supporting me," said Hall.

Free safety Michael Farley signed with Oauchita Baptist University. He hopes his college career could possibly take him to the next level.

"It's a big thing. Any college is good," said Farley. "I'm ready to go and maybe I can make it to the next level after this."

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