Four Sulphur Springs players signed national letters of intent to continue their careers on the college level in athletics.
Antun Walton, a standout defensive lineman, inked with Cisco Junior College in football.
Three Wildcats will be playing college baseball. Cole Hill signed with Galveston College; Jenner and Jordan Jackson agreed to attend Grayson County College in Denison.
Walton will be taking his 6-1, 220-pound frame to Cisco. The defensive lineman had 26 tackles, 14 assists for 41 total tackles and two sacks for the Wildcats his senior year. That total could have been higher if he had not been slowed due to an wrist/arm injury.
“I will either play tackle or nose guard. I feel like this is a good move for me,” Walton said. “I liked the school, I hope to play there for a year and half or two years and see where I can go from there.”
Walton’s mother, Laquinda Williams said she was very excited about the chance he has not only to play football, but continue his education.
“Antun is a very explosive defensive player. He is a guy who brings a ton of athleticism to the defensive line - he can really get after the quarterback and disrupt the offense,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “He has worked very hard and invested a lot in our program. We are excited for him and his family. He gets to continue to live out his dream at Cisco.”
Cole Hill, a 5-8, 175-pound shortstop/pitcher for the Wildcats, signed to attend Galveston College and is happy to be going to the campus on the island.
Hill said he first got on the radar of college coaches by attending a baseball camp in San Antonio during the summer.
“I had been talking to the coach. So I took a visit and really like it,” Hill said.
Hill said the college coaches told him he might stay at shortstop, where he plays now, or he could move to centerfield to use his speed.
“This has been my dream since I can’t remember. I just decided to do it. I happy with my choice,” Hill said.
Hill’s dad, Chuck agreed with the decision.
“Cole had other offers. This seemed like the best fit,” Chuck Hill said. “I told he needed to go where he was happy and where he fit in the best. They really wanted him at Galveston, so that’s where he’s going. I am a very proud parent. He made this happen. This is the direction he wanted to go.”
Sulphur Springs head baseball coach Jerrod Hammack agreed with the college coaches saying that Hill could play a variety of places due to his talent and speed.
“Cole is going to do well at Galveston. He has a lot of ability. I fully expect him to contribute immediately and go on from there to the next collegiate level. He can play several places due to his athleticism,” Hammack said.
Two other members of the Wildcats baseball team will be taking their game to Denison as they play for Grayson County College.
Jenner Jackson is a 6-3, 240-pound pitcher/infielder while Jordan Jackson is a speedy, 6-1, 165-pounder who can pitch or play outfield.
Grayson told the Jacksons they were signed primarily to be pitchers for the successful Division I, junior college program. The Vikings have won 78 percent of their games since 1997.
“It was really nice when we visited the campus. I think the college will be the best fit for us. We are glad we got to stay pretty close to home,” Jenner Jackson said.
Jordan Jackson chimed in, “Grayson wanted both of us. To get to go together and play on the same team is great for us. We excited to get to stay together and keep playing ball.”
Phil Jackson, father of the players, said he was glad to see his sons able to attend the same college and still play baseball.
“Some bigger colleges wanted one of them, but not both,” Jackson said. “We could not find a school that wanted them both, until we decided to go to Grayson. I think it is a great choice. They won’t have to redshirt and they can find out if they can play on that level. Then they can go to a bigger school after that. I am happy they are going there and we will get to watch them play right away.”
Hammack added, “This is the end of an era with Jenner and Jordan signing. They have been a big part of the program. It is great fit for them to get to play at Grayson. I am excited for them. I think both of them are going to step up and have big senior years for us.”
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