11 Lufkin student athletes sign on National Signing Day

Football, Girls Basketball, Softball, baseball, volleyball all represented

11 Lufkin student athletes sign on National Signing Day

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It was a carzy and packed gym at Lufkin High School Wednesday morning with students and families eager to cheer for the friends and loved ones.

Seven football players and 4 other student athletes signed the national letter of intents.

“I was running around this morning looking for footballs, basketballs, baseballs, softballs and volleyballs,” Lufkin Athletic Director Todd Quick said. “It is good to see this many kids handle their business and get to move on to the next level. it is a testament to the students, teachers and families.”

Some of the students like softball player Leah Akridge and basketball player Kurstyn Harden have known for months where they were going with Akridge going to East Texas Baptist and Harden going to Northern Colorado. Still the nerves were there.

“It was an amazing experience,” Akridge said. “It was great to see everyone here supporting them. I was nervous because I was so happy to make that decision. My hand was shaking the whole time. It was nervous pride.”

“I am use to big crowds,” Harden said. “I can usually block those out on the court but here it was hard. I was nervous the whole time.”

Most of the attention on National Signing Day goes to football but the guys that get all the attention had no problem sharing it with the other athletes.

“It is good to see there are other athletes heading out from Lufkin to go play somewhere else," Lufkin quarterback Kewone Thomas."

Some of the recruits made it a little more exciting. Carl Williams was heavily recruited and had 13 Division I offers but chose to decommit from Arkansas and head to SFA.

“There is so much pressure but you have to go with it and go where your heart tells you,” Williams said. “I really can tell {SFA coach Colby Carthel] is a good guy. He cares and we are going to do something special up there. We are ready to wreck havoc with the Jacks.”

The Lufkin players will tell you that it is a family in the locker room and some of those family bonds will be moving on to the next level with Tony Boykin and Titan Williams both going to Coffeyville Community College and then Deandre Bagley and Demond McKelvey both going to Southern Arkansas that has produced several coaches on the Lufkin staff.

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