Capsules of area football signees

Buchholz running back Kenny Scott will continue his career at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

Elizabeth Hamilton/Correspondent
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:55 p.m.


Jalen Johnson

School: Buchholz

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 230 pounds

College chosen: Coffeyville Community College (Kan.)

Stats: 46 tackles (18 solo), 2 sacks, 8 passes defended, 2 fumble recoveries.

Quotable: “I didn't think I would get this opportunity last year, but I had a better season this year. It's a great opportunity because there are a lot of kids who won't get this chance.”

Rakeem Wiggins

School: Buchholz

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 235 pounds

College chosen: Coffeyville Community College (Kan.)

Stats: 56 tackles (29 solo), 5 for loss, 5 sacks, 2 caused fumbles, 1 fumble recovery.

Quotable: “I'm happy I can get a free education and play the game I love. I think it's a great program and from what I hear they get you ready to play at the next level (quickly). If it was good enough for Reggie (Nelson), it's good enough for me.”

Kenny Scott

School: Buchholz

Position: Running back

Height: 5-foot-8

Weight: 180 pounds

College chosen: Coffeyville Community College (Kan.)

Stats: 1,662 yards rushing, 15 TDs, career-high 344 at Tallahassee Chiles.

Quotable: “It's always been a dream of mine to play at the next level and I'm ecstatic that Coffeyville gave me that opportunity. It's very exciting.”

Deontrae Neal

School: Buchholz

Position: Defensive Tackle

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 285 pounds

College chosen: Mars Hill College (N.C.)

Stats: 65 tackles (29 solo), 5 for loss, 9.5 sacks.

Quotable: “It feels awesome to sign. The location and their football tradition are what drew me there. It's a dream come true.”

— Mike Ridaught


Keith Kelsey

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 215 pounds

College chosen: Louisville

Other schools considered: Kentucky, South Florida

Stats: First team all-state in Class 6A, who had an area-leading 193 tackles (38 solo), 6 for loss, 5 forced fumbles, 6.5 sacks, 2 blocked field goals.

Quotable: “It was just the greatest feeling to get the process over with. He (Louisville coach Charlie Strong) is just a great person who has influenced me in my life. He is a coach off the field too.”

Chris Thompson

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 170 pounds

College chosen: Florida

Other schools considered: Marshall, Utah, FAU

Stats: First team all-area who caught 25 passes for 465 yards and 7 TDs with a season-long catch of 80 yards. Missed several games with a foot injury.

Quotable: “It has always been a dream since I was little, watching them (Gators) play. It feels good to be able to go there and play there.”

Ralph Webb

Position: Running back

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 190 pounds

College chosen: Vanderbilt

Other schools considered: FAU, Boston College, Minnesota

Stats: First-team all-state who was the area's leading rusher with 2,020 yards (15 games) and 28 TDs. He had a game-high 155 yards and both GHS TDs in the 6A state title loss to Miami Central.

Quotable: “It's very exciting. I feel so much relief without all the pressure on me. Hearing this school wants me, this school wants me. It just feels great that I found my home.”

— Larry Savage


Kyle Stebbins

Position: Running back, defensive back

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 175 pounds

College chosen: Southeastern University (Lakeland)

Other schools considered: Troy University, The Citadel

Stats: Honorable mention all-area who ran for 500 yards and 5 TDs, and also passed for 2 TDs.

Quotable: “Biggest thing about Southeastern, distance from home, far enough to be away, close enough. I will redshirt my freshman year, get five years out of it, be able to get adjusted to college.”

Tyler Stevens

Position: Offensive line

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 260 pounds

College chosen: Webber International (Babson Park)

Other schools considered: None

Stats: Center, two-year starter at center.

Quotable: “It is a small place, very nice, everyone knows each other. They have a wonderful coaching staff, which is one of the things I liked about it. It fits my personality. They are really dedicated to winning and that is what I'm all about.”

Hal Weaver

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 260 pounds

College chosen: Mercer University (Macon, Ga.)

Other schools considered: Stetson, FAU, Jacksonville, Webber

Stats: First-team all-area who was the Bulldogs' best blocker and a two-way starter, Florida-Georgia All-Star Game selection.

Quotable: “I knew I wanted to go to a small school for my education and their mechanical engineering program is really good. They just built a $20 million facility (stadium and football house). It is like a bigger high school, and everyone knows each other. Now I can get that off my shoulders, pull a 3.8 or 3.9 in my school work. I feel like a lot of weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”

— Larry Savage


Laris Page

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 305 pounds

College chosen: Miles College (Fairfield, Ala.)

Other schools considered: None

Stats: First-team all-area who graded 92 percent for season with 18 pancake blocks for the Class 1A regional finalists.

Quotable: “It feels good. It feels unbelievable, really. The school is a lot like Union County, it's small. It is Division II.”

— Larry Savage


David Heinkel

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 180 pounds

College chosen: Missouri Southern State University (Joplin, Mo.)

Other schools considered: None

Stats: Second-team all-area player who at quarterback passed for 824 yards with 7 TDs and 2 interceptions, and ran for 737 yards rushing with 8 TDs.

Quotable: “(Williston head) coach (Jamie) Baker knows people on (MSSU head) coach (Daryl) Day's staff. (Day) said ‘I'll take a look at him but I don't really know if we could use him.' After looking at film of me playing quarterback, Coach Day said ‘Yeah, he can play football. The way he plays, he puts everything into it.'”

Damien Strange

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 170 pounds

College chosen: Jacksonville University

Other schools considered: UConn, Iowa State, Samford (Ala.)

Stats: First-team all-area and second-leading receiver with 49 catches for 829 yards and 10 TDs.

Quotable: “I wanted to stay in state. I would've gone out of state, but most of the schools that offered me out of state were far away and cold. I picked Jacksonville because it is close but not too close. Coach (Kerwin Bell) said that I'm either going to play (slot) receiver or outside receiver.”

— Keith Chartrand

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