Thursday , 24 May 2018

20 McKinney Athletes Make it Official on National Signing Day

By Mike Bruu, TSB Staff

For hundreds of young student-athletes across the country, the first Wednesday in February is a chance to finally celebrate all the hard work they put in to their young careers, and make it official on how they will be spending the next four years of their lives.

Several dedicated McKinney students got the honor of signing their letter of intent in front of family, coaches, and friends Wednesday. 20 athletes from six different sports will move on to the collegiate level from McKinney and McKinney Boyd High School, signing their intent with 18 different schools.

McKinney Boyd was the only school in the city to have two football players sign to Division-I schools. Jamal Palmer, who will attend Baylor — home of 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III — says the atmosphere was his biggest reason for signing with the Bears.

“I’m looking forward to how the team is a family,” Palmer said. “They all seem to work together really well.”

Palmer also said that he doesn’t intend to give Baylor anything less than 100 percent every day.

“My biggest fear would be not working hard enough, that I wouldn’t put out enough effort,” he said.

Cameron Decell, who signed Wednesday to play for Rice University, stated that he chose the Owls not so much for the athletic opportunities, but what the school can offer him in the classroom.

“I’m most excited about the academic opportunities because Rice is ranked 14th in the nation,” said an excited Decell. Cameron plans to become a petroleum engineer while attending Rice.

Don Drake, the athletic director and head football coach at Boyd, offered his congratulations to all of his football signees. “I’m very proud of you and very excited for you,” Drake said. “We know how hard you have all worked for the opportunity to continue to play football and get an education.”

From the entire Town Square Buzz staff, we would like to congratulate every student-athlete who signed this afternoon and will continue to represent the city of McKinney on their journey through college the next four years.

Here is a complete list of all the signees from Wednesday’s Signing Day, and also check out a National Signing Day Image Gallery on TSB by clicking here.

McKinney Boyd

Football                       College
Cameron Decell          Rice University
Jamal Palmer               Baylor University
Jacob Hill                    Trinity Valley Junior College
Jackson Dennis           Lindenwood University Div. 2

Girls Soccer                 College
Courtney  Cox             University of Central Oklahoma
Anna Davies                St. Edward’s University
Kara Dugall                 Rice University
Amanda Elertson         University of Nebraska
Caity Heap                  Texas Tech University
Lindsey Jones             Abilene Christian University
Audrey McGinnis       St. Edward’s University
Madison Thompson    Taylor University

Girls Golf                College
Autumn Hexamer   UT-Tyler

Boys Soccer            College
Joe Haines               Colorado School of Mines
Kevin Wright          College of the Holy Cross

Boys Track              College
Matt Reynolds         Southern Arkansas

McKinney High

Girls Soccer            College
Elizabeth Zupanic  University of Louisiana, Monroe
Tori Hurlburt          Bacone College, OK
Nicole Gostic         St. Edward’s University

Cross Country        College
Meghan Shea         University of Texas, Austin

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