With 9 days left until Signing Day, 2 East Texans make decision on college ball

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With nine days left until National Signing Day Lufkin Panther Running Back Isaiah Phillips has decided on his college destination. Phillips was not alone in his decision. DaRyan Williams also announced he would be playing for SFA next season.

Both seniors announced their decisions on their Twitter pages.

Phillips wrote via Twitter:

"I would first like to thank God for giving me options and opportunities to further my education and football career. I'd like to thank all the coaches and universities that believed I could play at the next level. Also all my family, friends, and coaches throughout my life that have shaped me and built me into the player and man I am today. Special thanks to Coach Guzman and what he's done for me and I am honored to be the last running back he'll coach. Furthermore, I am excited to announce that I am 100% committed to the University of Louisiana Monroe #TakeFlight"

The Panthers had their best season since 2012 after Isaiah Phillips rushed for 1,972 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns.

Williams wrote via Twitter:

First off, I would like to thank God for the opportunities H e has given me. Special thanks to my coaches, Coach Gibbs as my main defensive coach for four years, Coach Reyes for lifting me up and building me, thankful for my teammates I've played with since Little League, my mother for supporting me 100%, my father for setting the ground and making me into the man I am today, the rest of my family, the coaches that have recruited me my high school trainer Trotty, my therapist Justin Slaughter and everyone that supported me. High School football was lots of fun and after lots of thinking, considering and even continuous rehab on my  shoulder, I would like to proudly announce my COMMITMENT to further my education and compete  art Stephen F. Austin State University #AxeEmJacks #SFA22

Phillips also had offers from Stephen F. Austin State University, Incarnate Word University, Abilene Christian University and Northwestern State University.

Panther fans will also want to pay attention to see if Phillips' teammate Malik Jackson will join him in Monroe. The wide receiver has also been offered a spot by the Warhawks.

National Signing Day is on Feb. 7.

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