Four of Buchholz High School's best senior football players changed their lives this afternoon, signing their letters of intent to play college football. Buchholz head coach Mark Whittemore coached these seniors for one season, and watched them develop into the core of his defensive unit.
After a 6-6 season, the Bobcats finished second in District 7A and gained much recognition from schools across the country. It's schools such as Coffeyville and Mars Hill that gives these seniors a chance, and Whittemore knows that these students are getting a nice opportunity.
Three of the seniors that signed led the defensive front, starting with 6-foot-2, 230 pound defensive end Rakeem Wiggins, who finished the season with 56 total tackles, 29 of those solo. Wiggins added five sacks on the season with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He signed his letter of intent to play for Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas, and he knows that Coffeyville will help him develop greatly for the future.
Coffeyville also added the talents of 6-foot-3, 225 pound defensive end Jalen Johnson, who totaled 46 tackles on the season, 18 solo. He also had two sacks and two fumble recoveries and eight total passes defended. Johnson knew Coffeyville was the right place and was given a warm welcome.
Coffeyville not only added depth on the defensive side of the ball, but they bolsted their offense as well with the signing of 5-foot-8, 165 pound running back Kenny Scott, who compiled 1,662 rushing yards on 233 carries this season while averaging 166 yards per game on the ground. He averaged seven yards per carry and finished the year with 14 rushing touchdowns. Scott knows that with his athleticism, he may be asked to play in multiple positions.
The fourth and final senior to sign out of Buchholz today was defensive end Deontrae Neal. The 6-foot-1, 281 pound end was a force for Whittemore's defensive line with 65 total tackles, 29 of those made by himself. Neal also came away with 9.5 sacks on the season. Neal has signed to play for Mars Hill College in North Carolina, and he knows that this will be a great place to play.
These seniors will be joining their teams soon as they look to jump-start their young college careers.