Dutchtown, Scotlandville lead local signings

Wide receiver Shelby Christy, who is set to sign with Mississippi State, is one of seven Dutchtown High athletes set to sign with colleges at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the school.

Six of the DHS signees are football players. The seven signees for the Griffins and a total of seven signees for Scotlandville High — four in track and three in football — lead the long list of signings set as the NCAA’s winter signing period begins.

The area’s two other non-LSU SEC football signees — University defensive lineman Tim Williams (Alabama) and Port Allen linebacker Darian Claiborne (Texas A&M) — also are expected to sign.

Christy committed to State last summer, while DHS kicker/punter Tyler Sarrazin committed to Southern Mississippi over the weekend after first committing to Nicholls State. Griffins offensive lineman Brian Hernandez also committed to Nicholls and is set to sign.

Offensive lineman Tyler Chandler and defensive back Justin Sampson are scheduled to sign with Mississippi College. Quarterback Mason Nickens is scheduled to sign a baseball scholarship with LSU-Eunice.

Defensive lineman Tanzel Smart is committed to Tulane, and girls track jumps/sprints specialist D’Lacia McKinley is set to sign with Ole Miss to lead the Scotlandville signees.

Receiver Larry Clark (Texas Southern) and defensive back Dondre Dobbins (Texas-San Antonio) are the other Scotlandville football players expected to sign.

Girls sprinter Takyra Beverly (Grambling) and two boys track competitors bound for William Penn, middle distance specialist Miguel Decuir and sprint/jumps specialist Jaylin Thomas, round out the group of Scotlandville signees.

A breakdown of other schools:

Catholic High

Four football players are expected to sign at 6 p.m. at the school mall/concession area.

Running back Khalil Thomas (McNeese State), offensive lineman Cameron Tom (Southern Miss), offensive lineman Tyler Sparrow (Arkansas-Monticello) and defensive back R.J. Jefferson (Mississippi College) are the Bears set to sign.

McKinley

Four players are set to sign during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony at the school.

Defensive lineman Shawn Tolbert (Texas Southern), defensive back Dave White (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), Alvin Vaughn (Belhaven) and lineman Donovan McCray (Grambling) are the signees.

Central

Three football players and one soccer player are set to sign in a ceremony set for 10:30 a.m. in the gym.

Offensive lineman Tyler Abadie (Southeastern Louisiana), quarterback Brett Courville (Arkansas-Monticello) and safety Thomas Eddleman (Hendrix College) are the football signees. Girls soccer player Ashley McDowell is set to sign with Louisiana College.

Denham Springs

Running back Kaleb Blanchard is scheduled to sign with South Alabama during an 8 a.m. ceremony at the school.

DSHS coach Dru Nettles said lineman Tevin Lawson won’t sign Wednesday and is planning several visits, including ones to Kentucky and TCU.

Nettles said Lawson remains in touch with LSU, the school he originally committed to, and may still consider the Tigers’ grayshirt option. Nettles said Tennessee offered Lawson a scholarship Tuesday, joining a growing list of schools that includes Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and South Alabama.

Southern Lab

Another Southern Miss commitment, receiver Marquise Ricard, leads the list of Southern Lab football players who will participate in a 2:30 p.m. ceremony at the school.

Quarterback/athlete Deonte Shorts is expected to choose between Southern and Grambling. Punter Murphy Nash III is set to sign with SU.

St. Amant

Defensive lineman Nic Bickham and safety Jeffrey Williams will sign at 3 p.m. in the library. Bickham will sign with Louisiana Tech, and Williams is scheduled to sign with Missouri Southern.

Zachary

Chris Taylor and Donald Gage committed last spring and are set to sign at 8 a.m. Taylor, an offensive lineman, is a Tulane commitment, while Gage is set to sign with Houston after passing on a planned trip to Nebraska last weekend.

Parkview

Coach Kenny Guillot announced two commitments Tuesday. Defensive back Manny Mukes committed to Northwestern State, and linebacker Hunter Brian committed to Southeastern. They are set to sign at 12:15 p.m. at the school.

Port Allen

Claiborne is one of two players scheduled to sign at 9 a.m. at the school. Running back Jestin Kelly (Grambling) is the other.

University

Williams is one of two players expected to sign in a ceremony set for the school’s gymnasium at 12:45. Defensive back Jarrod Franklin (Tulane) is also expected to sign.

Considered one of the top Louisiana recruits, Williams committed to the Crimson Tide last month. Franklin also committed to the Green Wave last month.

Others

Walker running back-defensive back Carlton Perkins is expected to sign with the ULL in a ceremony at the school before noon. Coach Dwayne Severio said Perkins’ commitment was finalized in the past two days.

Also, St. James High linebacker Seth Keller is scheduled to sign with Nicholls State during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony at the school.