Ice changes signing day for Metroplex

February, 1, 2011
2/01/11
10:06
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With most area high schools closed Wednesday due to the ice storm that hit the Metroplex on Tuesday, players will have to submit their letters of intent with little to no pomp and circumstance.

Players who wish to sign will have to submit their paperwork via fax either by themselves or with their coach's help at their schools. All school districts that have canceled classes have canceled the signing day parties that were scheduled to take place tomorrow.

The DISD had planned an event at Davis Fieldhouse that would incorporate all the athletes in the district who planned to sign tomorrow, but DISD director of athletics Jeffery Johnson issued an e-mail Tuesday night that tentatively moved the event to next week.

Johnson said with the inclement weather affecting traffic and with much of the local media focused on the upcoming Super Bowl, the players would not be able to receive "the day they deserve" until next week.

Allen also elected to push its ceremony back to next week. Linebacker Melvin Spears (Iowa), receiver Jonathon Lee (Baylor) and offensive lineman Brad McNulty (Missouri) are among the signees for the Eagles.

Euless Trinity, home to several Division I commits, has canceled its signing day party but will still have players come in to fill out paperwork to submit to colleges.

Arlington Martin football coach Bob Wager, who grew up in New York, said he knew his Yankee background would pay off someday. He spent part of Monday driving on ice to pick up paperwork from Martin’s scholarship players so it could be faxed to the respective colleges.

However, Martin’s planned signing day ceremony has been pushed back a day to 8 a.m. Thursday.

“Regardless if there is snow or it is 80 degrees, this is one of the most exciting days in the life of these kids,’’ Wager said.

Martin’s list includes running back Danzel Williams (Oklahoma), linebackers Deryck Gildon (already enrolled at TCU) and Devonta Burns (Texas A&M) and quarterback Russell Bellomy (Michigan.)

“The thing is, this storm is so widespread, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our faxes aren’t answered because there is no one there to do it,'' Wager said.

Coppell will hold its ceremony at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Among the signees are running back Cam McDaniel (Notre Dame), defensive back Bennett Okotcha (Oklahoma), defensive end Tanner Rice (Air Force) and offensive lineman Oni Omole.

For his 2011 class of 14 signees, Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire is putting a 24-hour hold on the planned school ceremony, to 3 p.m. Thursday, but is asking for the players and parents to come to the school to take care of paperwork on Wednesday morning.

“I had calls all day Tuesday asking what my plan was going to be, but it is hard to plan when you don’t know what the weather is going to be,’’ McGuire said. “This is the first time I can remember anything like this on signing day.’’

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