FLINT TWP. — The best football season in Carman-Ainsworth history continued to pay dividends last Wednesday, when seven players signed national letters-of-intent to continue their education and athletic careers in college.
Demarion Allen and Darryl Johnson signed with Austin Peay State University, Jevonte Alexander with Indiana State, Brandon Walker with North Dakota, Jaylyn Boone- Williams with Michigan Tech, L’Daryl Mosley with Arizona Western, and Malik Seales with Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. Jordan Marsh signed with Cleary University’s women’s soccer program.
Allen also looked at Siena Heights, Grand Valley State and Northwood before choosing Austin Peay, a Div. 1 school in Clarksville, Tenn.
“I just wanted to get out of Michigan and start a new journey in my life,” he said.
Allen will major in digital communications.
Johnson also considered Concordia, Siena Heights and Findlay, Ohio.
“I like the program at Austin Peay,” he said. “The players are cool, and I want to help the team.”
Johnson will major in business management.
Alexander also was looking at Austin Peay, as well as North Dakota, Ferris State and Findlay, but chose Indiana State, the Terre Haute school made famous by Larry Bird.
“I feel like I can go in and make an impact fast,” said Alexander, who quarterbacked the Cavaliers to an 11-2 record and will play slot receiver and kick returner in college.
Alexander will major in physical therapy.
Walker also considered Austin Peay, along with Saginaw Valley State, Ferris State and Northern Michigan but liked what he saw at North Dakota.
“When I went on my trip there, I felt like it was the right place for me,” he said. “The education system is good, and it’s a chance for me to get out of Michigan and play football and turn the program around.”
Walker will major in business management.
Boone-Williams was the only player to stay in-state. He also considered Northwood, Hillsdale and Siena Heights.
“I like the atmosphere,” he said of Michigan Tech. “It’s a winning team and they have great academics, so I can make a lot of money when I get out of college.”
Boone-Williams will study kinesiology.
Mosley picked Arizona Western over Ohio Dominican and Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio.
“It was out of state and one of the top schools in that division,” he said of the National Junior College Athletic Association school in Yuma, Ariz.
Mosley will major in sports management.
Seales might be running into Mosley next season while playing for Scottsdale CC, which was on Arizona Western’s schedule last year. Seales also considered Ferris State, Northern Colorado and Eastern Michigan.
“It was the farthest school from Michigan,” he said. “I wanted to get as far away as I could.”
Seales will major in criminal justice.
Marsh signed to play soccer with Cleary, a business school in Howell that competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. She also visited Rochester College and Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill.
“I picked Cleary because it’s a small school and has my major,” said Marsh, who will major in entrepreneurship. “One of the big reasons is that my sister (Shelby) goes there and I’ll get to play with her again.”