Six players from the 2022 Jonesboro-Hodge football team will be going to four colleges and universities spread over three states to continue their playing careers in college after singing National Letters of Intent on Friday. The number of players signing breaks the school record of five set a year ago and establishes a new two year total at eleven which rivals most any school in the state and stands second to none among smaller schools of the LHSAA.
Three will stay in state with Dominick Strickland and Zion Gray signing with Centenary College in Shreveport and Cameron “Smoke” Leonard going to Louisiana Christian College in Pineville. Heading to North American University in Stafford, TX is Cartavious “Hambone” Waters and Joshua Tatum while Austin Knotts takes his talents to Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO.
“I am very happy for the guys to be able to continue their careers,” said JHHS head football coach Terrance Blankenship. “They have worked hard for this opportunity and our coaching staff and everyone at JHHS wishes them success in the future.”
The number of players that have signed to play collegiately over the last two years is incredible. Eleven players in two years rivals virtually any school in the state and is especially impressive considering the fact that JHHS plays in the lowest classification of the LHSAA and is in a rural setting. It is also a gleaming example of the excellent work that Blankenship and staff does in helping young men have the opportunity to chase their dreams..
“Seeing your guys get an opportunity to play at the next level is what it’s all about,” said Blankenship. “Some may think a coaching staff is only concerned about winning games, but what is most important to me and our staff is preparing them for their next stage in life, whether it be in football or their working career.”
JHHS National Letter of Intent Signees
|Cartavious Waters||Lineman||North American University||Stafford, TX|
|Joshua Tatum||Lineman||North American University||Stafford, TX|
|Dominick Strickland||Lineman||Centenary College||Shreveport, LA|
|Zion Gray||Wide Receiver||Centenary College||Shreveport, LA|
|Cameron Leonard||Defensive Back||Louisiana Christian College||Pineville, LA|
|Austin Knotts||Lineman||Culver-Stockton College||Canton, MO|
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