Signing on

14 athletes to sign letters of intent


Danielle Esperiqueta

Running back Greg Eggleston runs with the ball during a game against San Marcos. Eggleston will sign with Tarleton State University on Wednesday.

Parker Maroney and Jackson Posey

A whole host of athletes are set to sign their letters of intent on Wednesday, the NCAA’s National Signing Day, cementing their commitments to compete at the next level. These athletes certainly made their mark on Smithson Valley, and will look to do the same on the collegiate stage.

Blinn College commit Ashley Acuña, is a Ranger volleyball legend. Her defensive prowess has been put on full display this season, setting a school record with 554 digs.

University of Mary-Hardin Baylor commit Kate Myles averaged over two kills per game this season, for a total of 209. She’ll look to breathe life into a Marauders team coming off of a 1-28 finish.

Franklin & Marshall University commit Jada West finished this year with 92 kills, averaging .89 kills per game. She has a chance to be a star offensively at the next level.

Texas Lutheran University commit Tanyse Moehrig is a two-sport star. Her volleyball season was cut short by a knee injury, but she’s getting back on track just in time for basketball season, averaging nine points and seven rebounds per game. She’ll play both for the Bulldogs.

Lady of the Lake University commit Rachel Dziuba is a talented soccer player who was named senior captain before the advent of the season. The midfielder will partake in senior night against Judson tonight.

Chowan university commit Brinna Houlahan will be a key competitor at the collegiate level, especially in the 200 free and 100 butterfly. Her 200 medley relay finished 5th at region competition last week.

Odessa University commit Lauren Gonzales is an athletic infielder who has played varsity since her sophomore season. She’ll look to make waves on a talented Wrangler squad coming off of a 31-22 season.

Schreiner University commit Sydney Drott is a cornerstone of the softball team. The athletic first baseman will look to contribute early for the 17-26 Mountaineers.

Western Texas College commit Caden Norman is a key cog in one of the best high school baseball machines in the state. Perfect Game grades him as an 8/10 – a “potential draft pick and/or excellent college prospect.” He’ll be a welcome addition for the 17-34 Westerners.

Trinity University commit Cullen Betsey led district 26-6A with five interceptions this season. Betsey will look to help build upon an 8-2 season in which the Tigers allowed just 15.1 points per game.

Texas Lutheran University commit Jacob Forton is a three-sport athlete (football, wrestling, lacrosse) who will pursue the former for the Bulldogs. An all-district fullback in 2018, Forton was a consistent offensive presence at running back this season, rushing for 929 yards and ten touchdowns.

Black Hills State University commit Trey Witcher is a vocal locker room presence who led the football team in tackles for loss. The three-year starter was the centerpiece of a defense that ranked among the top in the state, holding opponents to under 20 points per game.

Weber State University commit Devin Smith was a 1st-team all-district center last year, before steamrolling defensive linemen as a left tackle this season. He’ll look to contribute to a Wildcats team that is coming off of an FCS semifinal appearance.

Tarleton State University commit Greg Eggleston will look to continue his football and track excellence at the collegiate level. Eggleston originally committed to play football at West Texas A&M University before Tarleton State offered a two-sport package. The all-area offensive weapon led the football team with 1,695 total yards and 15 touchdowns, and is an elite sprinter on the track.

Signings will take place in the gym Wednesday at 8 a.m.