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National Signing Day: AISD football players earn scholarships

ALDINE– Fifteen Aldine ISD senior football players saw their years of hard work and dedication in the classroom and on the field rewarded on Wednesday, Feb. 5, when they signed national letters of intent.

Eisenhower High and Nimitz High led the way as six players at both schools earned college scholarships. MacArthur High had two players sign, while Aldine High had one.

Eisenhower High head football coach Richard Carson told a group of happy parents and players who gathered on signing day that this was a day they should never forget.

“It’s a very special deal to be able to sign. All of you guys are special to us and we are proud of you for the hard work you put in to get here,” Carson said. “But remember, not too many guys make it to the NFL, so use this opportunity you’ve been handed to get a college education. That’s the most important thing you have in front of you. You’ve also got a job to be ambassadors for Eisenhower High School.”

Eagles who signed scholarships on National Signing Day were defensive tackle Martin Thompson, who inked with Stephen F. Austin State University, offensive lineman Elijah Simon, who signed with Sam Houston State University and defensive end Oscar Scott and linebacker Kevin Blackshire, who both signed with Moorehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Also signing scholarships were offensive lineman Billy Foster and wide receiver Michael Glover, who both signed with Blinn College.
Carson said he hopes to have three to four more players sign at a later date.

Nimitz High head football coach Randy Rowe said the six Cougars who signed had reached an important milestone in their lives.

“This is a very special milestone in the lives of these six young men, who have worked hard academically and athletically year round to reach this goal of having their college education provided for them,” Rowe said.

“I know they will continue to work hard and make us and their families proud.”

The Nimitz players who signed were offensive tackle Joseph Joseph, who signed with Louisiana Monroe, offensive tackle Josh Bass, who signed with McNeese State, and wide receiver DeWayne Bloodsaw, defensive tackle LaMonte Johnson, and defensive end Mack McCray, who all signed with Texas Southern University. Defensive back Julius Clebourne has a number of offers on the table, but has yet to make his final choice.

MacArthur High had two players sign, as defensive back Jamal Mosley signed with Sam Houston State University and fellow defensive back Chris Ellis signed on with Texas Southern University.

Aldine High had one player sign, as quarterback/defensive back Brandon Green signed with Blinn College.