Before Lake Travis football teammates Matthew Baldwin and Cameron Dicker take the field Saturday for the Class 6A, Division I championship game, they will have a bit of ceremonial business to conclude Thursday at their high school.
Baldwin, a quarterback, will sign a ceremonial letter of intent with Ohio State on Thursday, and Dicker, a kicker, will join him to “sign” with Texas. The pair faxed in their official letters of intent Wednesday, which marked the first day of the NCAA’s new three-day early signing period.
While the number of signees from the Austin area appeared to fall short of the totals seen in previous Februaries, plenty of local standouts settled on their colleges.
Defensive lineman Braden Cassity (Oklahoma State) and running back Nakia Watson (Wisconsin), who helped Westlake to a perfect regular season and a spot in the Class 6A, Division II state semifinals, concluded their recruitments, and a trio of Del Valle players — linebacker Cam Wilkins (Missouri), defensive back La’Thaniel Washington (Texas-San Antonio) and defensive tackle Scale Igiehon (Boise State) — combined to form the largest group of Division I signees in school history.
Perhaps reflecting the presence of former Cedar Park coach Chris Ross on its football staff, Boise State recruited Central Texas with vigor, also signing Georgetown linebacker Brandon Hawkins.
Wimberley, which reached a Class 4A, Division II state semifinal this fall, had two FBS signees in quarterback JoJo Weeks (UT-San Antonio) and offensive lineman Ian Burnette (TCU).
Three players opted for Ivy League teams, with San Marcos quarterback Prudencio Calderon and Vandegrift defensive end Oso Ifesinachukwu picking Yale, and Bowie defensive back Joshua Smythe-McCalaulay choosing Columbia.
These area high school football players signed — or planned to sign — with college football programs during the new three-day early signing period that opened Wednesday:
Tristan Wooten, DB, Navy
Pierce Withers, DB, Texas State
Joshua Smythe-McCalaulay, DB, Columbia
Sterling Galban, WR, Texas Tech
Scale Igiehon, DT, Boise State
La’Thaniel Washington, DB, UT-San Antonio
Cam Wilkins, LB, Missouri
Brandon Hawkins, LB, Boise State
Matthew Baldwin, QB, Ohio State
Cameron Dicker, K, Texas
Ochaun Mathis, DE, TCU
Cal Long, DE, Navy
Prudencio Calderon, QB, Yale
Oso Ifesinachukwu, DE, Yale
Braden Cassity, DL, Oklahoma State
Nakia Watson, RB, Wisconsin
Cameron Thomas, WR, Boise State
Ian Burnette, OL, TCU
Jordan Weeks, QB, UT-San Antonio
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