National Signing Day hits area high schools


On National Signing Day, CBS4 Sports caught up with athletes from Newberry, Buchholz, Gainesville, Williston and Trenton high schools. Watch what they have to say above.

At Newberry, four-star defensive tackle Jalen Parks and three-star tackle Cory Durden both signed NLIs with Florida State University. The two cousins have been playing together since a young age.

Parks, the No. 9 defensive tackle in the country, finished his senior year with 45 tackles (14 for loss), four sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal. He is following in the footsteps of his father, John Parks, who played for FSU in the mid-1980s.

Durden, the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country, finished his final year with 46 tackles (18 for loss), five sacks and two forced fumbles.

Buchholz sent five football players to the next level Wednesday. All-state defensive end Chris Rumph II signed with Duke. He led the Bobcats with 23 tackles for loss in 2016. All-state wide receiver Luke Whittemore, who led Buchholz in receiving with 945 yards and seven touchdowns, signed with Troy. Defensive back Terrance Coley is staying close to home after signing with Jacksonville University, defensive end Jaret Bruce is headed to West Florida, and defensive tackle Xavier Marshall is off to Warner Southern.

Gainesville High School had one signee, offensive/defensive tackle Deion Webb. He finished his senior year with 25 tackles, including five for loss, and 2.5 sacks. He's headed to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

Over at Williston, linebacker TJ Pitts sent his NLI to University of Central Florida. He totaled 138 tackles, including 12 for loss, and 12 sacks in his final year.

Trenton sent defensive back Jacques Holmes and running back/defensive back Montrez Jackson to the next level. Both helped the Tigers to a District 1A state title in 2015. Holmes will attend Mesabi Range College in Minnesota, and Jackson will attend University of Nebraska-Kearney.

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