BRAWLEY – It was a National Signing Day to remember as February 5th marked the first day that High School Football athletes could finally sign their letter of intent to the college they had selected for their academic and football careers.
Alabama again finished with the top-rated recruiting class and USC made a strong late surge as they were able to sign or receive pledges from three undecided top- rated recruits, Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, Athlete John “Juju” Smith, and Offensive Lineman Damien Mama.
While many top recruits made their decisions either on National Signing Day, or live on national television during the High School Football All-American games, local top-recruit Royce Freeman of Imperial was finally able to “make it official” as he signed with Oregon University, a school he had been committed to since July.
After rushing for almost three thousand yards on the season and 41 touchdowns, Freeman also showed the nation his strength in rushing for three touchdowns within the red zone during the 2014 Army All American Game. The Oregon Ducks have had a great success with their running game in recent years, and with Freeman, they will look to continue that success.
Another Imperial Tiger who made a formal commitment on his collegiate future was Quarterback Chris Carter. He officially chose to join the Black Knights of West Point, or as they are known collegiately, as Army.
Army will look to utilize Carter’s stellar vision, leadership and decision making during his collegiate football career as well as his military commitment afterwards.
There was a third Tiger who made his collegiate decision official on Offensive Guard: Evan Pumphrey.
Pumphrey will continue his academic and football career at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix. At 6’1, 250 pounds, Pumphrey and fellow offensive Big Men led the way for Imperial High’s rushing attack going over 4,200 yards on the season.
Other local football athletes who made their National Signing Day decisions were Brawley High’s Donavin Buck who signed with San Diego State University. CIF division V Champions Holtville High added two Signees. Tight end David Lucero to Boise State, and offensive guard, as well as standout Wrestler, Lance Angulo, to U.S. Naval Academy.