Signing Day: Cooper trio make big commitments
Thanks to the NCAA, Wednesday marked the first of two high school signing days for student-athletes headed to the next level, and it was a big one at Cooper High School who had three make commitments official.ABILENE, Texas -
The most notable and anticipated, senior WR Myller Royals who officially inked his name as the newest member of the Texas Tech Red Raider football program.
Royals, who leaves Cooper as its all-time career leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns will graduate this month, and then head up to Lubbock to enroll on January 12th just in time for the semester and for spring football.
Royals was courted by more than a dozen colleges during the recruitment period, with Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury even making the trek to Abilene to watch Royals against Grapevine. Tech stayed in the driver’s seat for the 6’5 wide out, who after visits and meetings, chose the Red Raiders who feature that pass-heavy offense. Myller hoping that his early move-in gives him a head start in making a statement to the coaching staff.
“Just trying to get my name going in there as fast as possible -- as much PT [playing time] as I can get as a true freshman,” Royals said after signing. “So I'm going up there early so I can gain weight, and get faster, know the program and everything I have to do before the other recruits get there and everything, so I'm excited for it."
Joining Royals on Wednesday, senior pitcher Camielle Scott made her commitment to Hardin-Simmons University and its softball program on Wednesday.
Scott was a big part of the Lady Coogs success these past four years, including trips to the postseason. She’s thrilled to be staying in Abilene, as is the delight of her fanbase.
"I've been committed here since the beginning of my junior year and I'm so ready to now play college softball," Scott said. "I've been dreaming of this since I was a little girl. My parents have never missed a game in their life -- I love to be able to have my family there."
Finally, Justin Wright, a Cooper linebacker, made his commitment after going through quite the last 24 hours of disappointment to elation. The senior had received a full ride offer from Texas State a while back, but after time passed, that offer somehow shifted to a partial offer. Wright decided to withdraw his commitment, hoping that next opportunity would come along.
It did just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday night – the day before signing day.
Wright got the call from the University of Tulsa, and within an hour, made his decision to accept – before signing on Wednesday morning to make it official. Certainly a relief that this process has concluded as he looks forward to the transition.
“I'm very pleased on how it played out,” smiled Wright at Wednesday signing ceremony. “You know, Tulsa is one of the schools I've always wanted to go to an they told me a lot when they offered me yesterday that it's like a blue collar mentality and in my mind I fit that role."