Byrd athletes ready to sign with colleges


Jimmy Watson

Shreveport Times

The NCAA’s Early Signing Period won’t see spectacular numbers of athletes from Northwest Louisiana schools making college selections, according to responses submitted to The Times.

Among the 33 area coaches responding, it appears just five area football players will sign during the early period, which runs Wednesday through Friday. Byrd, which will play for the LHSAA Division I state championship after Christmas, will have fullback Venzell Thompson sign with Air Force.

“Choosing Air Force felt like the right decision. It’s stationed in a beautiful place, the people are wonderful, and it’s an atmosphere I want to be in,” Thompson told The Times. “Growing up I’ve always wanted to be around good people who open up and show you respect.”

Byrd's Venzell Thompson will sign with Air Force on Wednesday.

Byrd defensive lineman Carson Bruno will sign with Louisiana Tech, with he and Thompson planning to officially sign at 3 p.m. Wednesday on the football practice field at Byrd.

“The Tech coaches were the first to come around, and have stuck around contacting me every single week since they offered me,” Bruno said. “They have great coaches who I have built a great relationship with now, and they have a winning culture. I feel like I will have the chance to contribute early to the team.”

Huntington lineman Erron Bean said he will also sign with La. Tech on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and he will be the only early signee for the Raiders, which have several athletes expected to eventually sign.

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