It was another special and proud day in Curley Wolf country last Wednesday Feb.1 on National Signing Day as six standout senior football players of the undefeated 15-0 overall record 2016 Class 3A state championship Prescott Curley Wolves signed National Letter of Intent to continue their careers on the collegiate level gridiron.
It was another special and proud day in Curley Wolf country last Wednesday Feb.1 on National Signing Day as six standout senior football players of the undefeated 15-0 overall record 2016 Class 3A state championship Prescott Curley Wolves signed National Letter of Intent to continue their careers on the collegiate level gridiron. Prescott's Derrick Flynn, Carlos Vanhook, Jay Marks, Ja'Mozyia Williamson, Deonte Jamison and Hunter Grimes all signed to play football to prestigious universities in the nation during a special ceremony at the Prescott Sports Arena.
Flynn signed to play football at Delta State University for the Statesman in Cleveland, Mississippi. Star quarterback Flynn displayed an overall productive state championship performance against Charleston of five touchdowns with four rushing and one passing racked up 231 yards rushing and six passing completions for 39 yards earned him Class 3A state finals MVP. Flynn has been a major challenge for Prescott's opponents to stop this past football season and was one of the top players to lead the Curley Wolves in their victories. He threw over 2,000 yards passing, with over 100 completions, rushed over 900 yards and accounted for 17 touchdowns for over 100 points. The senior quarterback Flynn were among several honorees chosen and awarded coach and player of the year by Little Rock Touchdown Club with Prescott head football coach Tommy Poole. They both were high school coach and player of the year for Class 3A by the Little Rock Touchdown Club, who held their annual banquet on Jan. 19 at the Embassy Suites. Flynn earned Class 3A All-State honors.
Vanhook signed to play football Ouachita Baptist University to be a future Tiger. This past season, he star running back racked up 209 yards rushing a couple of end zone trips against Charleston in the state title game. This past football season, Vanhook led the team in touchdowns scored with over 30 TD's for 190 plus points and rushed for over 1,400 yards on the ground. He also had 16 receptions for over 150 yards. Vanhook also earned Class 3A All-State honors. The OBU Tigers football team is coming off their ninth-straight winning season under head coach Todd Knight. Vanhook is apart of 32 OBU football signees for their 2017 recruiting class. According to OBU Sports Information Department, Ouachita football's signing classes, 21 of the 32 signees are from within the state. The Arkansans will be joined by six from Texas and five from Louisiana. Joining the 28 high school signees are three midyear four-year transfers, two of which are former Arkansas high school players. For coach Knight, recruiting within the borders of the Natural State has become an established part of the program's success. 19 student-athletes were signed this year to help strengthen the Tigers' defense, including 10 defensive backs, six defensive lineman and three linebackers. With a key nucleus of front-seven starters returning from last season, this group will be looked to add depth and make an immediate impact in the defensive backfield.
Curley Wolves' Marks and Jamison signed to play football at Southern Arkansas University for the Muleriders. Marks with teammate Chris Cowling both were selected as All-Star players as representatives from the 3A to participate on the West All-Star team roster. This summer’s game will mark the 62nd year of All-Star competition for football. Marks was chosen as a finalist for 2016 Hooten's Arkansas Football Farm Bureau Insurance Awards top defensive player of the year honors for Class 3A. He had over 80 tackles for the season. Marks earned Class 3A All-State honors. Jamison racked up over 60 tackles this season. According to SAU Sports Information Department, 41 players signed National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day (Feb. 1) for the upcoming 2017 season as the newest Muleriders. SAU head football coach Bill Keopple said he was so proud of the number of young men their football program were able to get in this 2017 recruiting class. Keopple added, they haven't signed this many in one class to make this an exciting time for the Mulerider football program.
The Mulderiders won nine games last year, and have nine returning starters on defense along with eight returning on offense, which impacted the attraction to recruit some of the best high school football players commit to SAU.
Keopple’s 2017 signing class features 20 defensive players and 21 offensive players. Of the 20 defensive players signed, half (10) will help bolster the secondary while the other 10 signees will shore up the front seven with six coming in as linebackers and four as defensive linemen.
On the offensive end, the most signees in terms of position will come in the trenches as they signed six offensive linemen. Five wideouts, four tight ends, a pair of running backs and a fullback/H-back will add depth to the skill positions of the Great American Conference’s top offense each of the last three years. Additionally, Keopple inked three quarterbacks to help provide depth at that spot.
The 2017 signing class features more Arkansans with 17, followed by Texas with 14 signees from the Lone Star State. Louisiana brought six signees and Mississippi and Tennessee each yielded a pair of commits.
Williamson signed to play football at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma and Grimes signed to play football at the University of Monticello for the Bollweevils. Grimes earned Class 3A All-State honors this past football season for Prescott.