Quality reigns supreme with Cenla football signees
Although the quantity of Central Louisiana signees might have been down this year compared to some recent years, the quality of the young men closing one chapter and opening another was still strong.
Cenla had 12 players sign to colleges Wednesday, bringing the overall total to 17 making the journey to play college football.
Montgomery linebacker Kason Lashey will not have to go far to begin his college career, as he signed a non-binding financial aid waiver to Louisiana College.
Lashley was an honorable mention selection to the Class 1A All-State team and he was happy to sign with the Wildcats.
"They came to the school and invited me on the official visit," Lashley said. "I love what they're doing with their football program and the coaches. 5-5 last year and they look to build on that."
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Trench play has been important at Jena the last few seasons, and that culminated with Aaron Boyette signing with Mississippi College and Devin Delasalle inking with Henderson State.
Since playing for the Giants, the duo has helped the program to achieve two perfect regular seasons and three trips to the regional round.
"This is probably I've been looking forward to since I was younger in the backyard playing ball with dad," Boyette said. "This is a very big day for me, I'll never forget it."
"It's one of those things you wait and you build up from 6U to junior high," Delasalle added. "You've been working, putting in the work in the classroom, on the field and in the weight room. It's something special. You're going to be able to look back on this day and think about it for the rest of your life."
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Although Cayden Reynolds and Richard Chark did not play all four years with the rest of their Alexandria Senior High teammates, they made this season a special one for the Trojans as they were just one point shy of the Class 5A quarterfinals.
Reynolds and Chark witnessed their dreams Wednesday after signing with Delta State and ULM, respectively.
"I probably never would have imagined being here today, because I was a big soccer player," Reynolds said. "Signing a football contract is like beyond me."
"This has been a dream to always go D-I," Chark added. "It's just a humbling experience."
Leesville tied Many with the most signees from the two major signing day periods in the area with five as Matthew Anderson signed his National Letter of Intent to Nebraska, Brett Pope accepting a perferred walk-on to Louisiana Tech and DeMarcus McCord going to Iowa Wesleyan. Montae Lynch and Duwon Tolbert will go the junior college route to Tyler Junior College.
"As a coach, it’s their day," Leesville coach Robbie Causey said. "Seeing the smiles on their faces and knowing they are going to use the game to play at the next level and further their education is exciting. I don’t know what it’s like personally, but this is one of things I wanted to do when I came back. I felt like we were an untapped source of athletes that schools didn’t know about."
Matthew Anderson, OL — Nebraska (signed early)
Montae Lynch, OL — Tyler Junior College
DeMarcus McCord, DB — Iowa Wesleyan
Brett Pope, OL — Louisiana Tech (PWO)
Duwon Tolbert, WR — Tyler Junior College
Nikendrick Carter, LB — Florida International (signed early)
Leonard Hickman, OL — Nicholls St.
Myron Warren, DL — Texas (signed early)
Shacori Williams, RB — Army (signed early)
Tavier Williams, DB — ULM (signed early)
Richard Chark, RB — ULM
Cayden Reynolds, K — Delta St.
Aaron Boyette, OL — Mississippi College
Devin Delasalle, DL — Henderson St.
Kolby Galland, DL — Milsaps
Kason Lashley, LB — Louisiana College
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A.J. Gillie, OL — UL Lafayette