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Lots of Big Country athletes commit to play college ball on National Signing Day

By Mike Skow, mskow@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 05 2014 09:17:57 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 05 2014 09:47:07 PM CST

Hear from different area football players' reactions to making college commitments final on National Signing Day.

Across the country, thousands of athletes put pen to paper on Wednesday, making commitments to college programs official. The Big Country has its fair share of athletes "taking their talents" to difference schools.

Cooper's Lorenzo Joe was the first member of the Texas Longhorns' 2014 recruiting class to get his paperwork faxed in to Austin.

"All night it was hard to sleep, and I had to be up here bright and early this morning. Like you said, I was the first one to fax it in around 7:03 this morning," Joe said.

"It's one of the best feelings in the world knowing that I have an opportunity to go play at the next level. I want to thank my coaches and all my teammates for giving me this opportunity, because without them I wouldn't be in this spot right now," BYU, and Cooper teammate, Trey Dye said.

Across town at Abilene High, Eagles star defender Jake McMillon celebrated his signing with the Texas Longhorns.

"It was between Texas and TCU and Texas was just a better fit for me, I'm hoping i just get to be the best player i can. Just go out there and do what  I did here there, so that's the plan," McMillon said.

There will be strong ties to the Big 12 starting this fall. Stamford's James Washington signed with Oklahoma State, while Munday's LJ Collier inked with TCU. 2A Div. II state champ Mason Reed (Cisco) signed with Texas Tech.

"It's overwhelming, it's an honor first of all. I owe most of my success to my coaches, it's like a dream come true to become a Cowboy," Washington said.

There was also an abundance of talent staying closer to home. Many Big Country athletes chose to play football in Abilene and Brownwood.

Anson's Mitchel Hudson, Chris Villanueva & Lance Norman committed to play at Hardin-Simmons. The likes of Riley Owens (Cooper), Dylan Lewis (Brownwood), Bryan Johnson (Brownwood), Vernon Owings (Cisco) join them.

Taylor Mcleod (Cooper) & Kyle Green (Cisco) committed to play for Howard Payne.

Here's a list of Big Country athletes that committed to different schools on Wednesday.

Jake McMillon (AHS) - Texas
Lorenzo Joe (Cooper) - Texas

Trey Dye (Cooper) - BYU

James Washington (Stamford) - Oklahoma St.

LJ Collier (Munday) - TCU

Mason Reed (Cisco) - Texas Tech

Riley Owens (Cooper) - Hardin-Simmons
Mitchel Hudson (Anson) - Hardin-Simmons
Chris Villanueva (Anson) - Hardin-Simmons
Lance Norman (Anson) - Hardin-Simmons
Dylan Lewis (Brownwood) - Hardin-Simmons
Bryan Johnson (Brownwood) - Hardin-Simmons
Vernon Owings (Cisco) - Hardin-Simmons
Conner Willis (Jim Ned) - Hardin-Simmons

Taylor Mcleod (Cooper) - Howard Payne
Kyle Green (Cisco) - Howard Payne

Ty Gosnell (Eastland) - Mary Hardin-Baylor
Colton Kent (Cisco) - Mary Hardin-Baylor

Christian Gauch (Wylie) - Angelo St.

Braxton Kilgo (Brownwood) - West Texas A&M

**Please email KTXS Sports (sports@KTXS.com) if your athlete committed to play college sports and their name is not here.**