Nearly a dozen ESJH students make college football commitments on National Signing Day

Published 12:05 am Saturday, February 10, 2018

RESERVE — East St. John High football coach Alden Foster said the seniors on his team do what they are supposed to on the field and in the classroom.

Now they are reaping the benefits.

Wildcats Javon Antonio and Cam’Ron Grant enjoy the moment.

Wednesday afternoon, the entire East St. John senior class gathered in the gym and cheered from the stands as 10 athletes took their passion for football to the next level by signing onto college football teams.

Javon Antonio, Kierce Farlough, Cam’Ron Grant, Kyle Henderson, Shelvin Keller, Korey Lee, D’andrei Pittman, Mark Stewart, Chris Thompson and Morgan Ursin signed agreements amongst family on stage.

Coach Alden Foster

Foster spotlighted Pittman (University of Idaho), Ursin (Belhaven University) and Antonio (Hinds Community College) for their accomplishments this season.

He described Ursin as smart and levelheaded on the field and said Antonio has a great opportunity at Hinds, a school known for developing top receivers.

Pittman is following in the steps of his family’s legacy of great football players, Foster said.

He is also proud of Korey Lee, who had to sit out this year but still signed with Hutchinson Community College.

The most important aspect of selecting a school is finding a place that will treat you like family, according to Lee.

Foster said John Gayden will also play college football but did not sign Wednesday because he is still deciding between schools, having been offered eight academic scholarships in addition to athletic scholarships.

ESJH students cheer for their classmates during signing day.