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Several 5A Players Headed To Division I Colleges

On National Signing Day, KLTV 7 Sports went all across East Texas for the big day.
In Class 5A, it seemed only fitting to begin with the biggest signing of all. The Longview Lobos.

The Class of 2006 made school history with 13 signees.

"You're not here by chance, you're here for a reason," Lobo Head Football Coach John King told the signees.

Four Lobos are headed to the Big 12. Cody Williams to Texas A&M, Trent Williams to OU, Adrian Reese to Texas Tech, and Vondrell McGee to the University of Texas.

"It's a real special thing because not a lot of people can just say they can go to Texas and play," McGee said.

It also means the four go from teammates to rivals.

"We trash talk all the time when we're here," McGee said. "So, I'm used to it."

"We are just so competitive," Cody Williams said. "We play with each other on the daily. It's going to be great playing against my friends."

However, who will have the better season?

"Oh, you know A&M," Cody Williams said.

"Of course Oklahoma is," Trent Williams said.

"We are," McGee said of Texas.

"I'd look for Tech," Adrian Reese said.

Over in the Rose City, the John Tyler Lions had nine signees, eight on hand. Hurricane Katrina evacuee Ernest Smith returned to New Orleans.

Defensive back Terrance Garmon is headed to Rice.

"I can remember it like yesterday, my brother sat in this same spot signing away," Garmon said, "and I just dreamed of being here one day, and today I'm here. So I'm excited."

All-state lineman Adrian Johnson will be a Baylor Bear.

"There's a lot of talented players headed there, I think I'm talented too," he said.

For the Robert E. Lee Red Raiders, two football signees, one for soccer.
Running back Jason Williams becomes a UTEP Miner. Still in a bit of shock, tackle Jake Kirkpatrick.
After playing just one year of organized football, he will be a TCU Hornfrog.

"I just thought I'd play one year of football and that would be it," Kirkpatrick said. "I was a little surprised that they wanted to talk to me. It was kind of hard to believe. It's still kind of hard to believe."

At the end of the day, months of decision making ended with a simple signature. One career ending, another just beginning.

Maya Golden reporting,
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