FLINT TWP. — Eight Carman- Ainsworth student-athletes, including three football players headed to the same college, signed their national letters-ofintent Wednesday.
Shane Barron, a heavily recruited receiver and defensive back, will join lineman Myles Overton and defensive back Brandon Lenoir at Northern Colorado. Defensive end Shahid Muhammad will play football at Michigan Tech, and linebacker Rummeal Branch will play at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Kamrin Gold signed to play volleyball at Maryland, Jasmine Jones will play soccer at Prairie View A&M and Courtney Glinka will play soccer at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids.
Barron was being courted by Toledo, where he ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash during a workout, as well as Western Michigan, Grand Valley State and Ferris. But he was intrigued by the package deal offered by Div. 1 Northern Colorado.
“I like how they’re rebuilding right now, and I want to come in and start something new with my boys,” he said.
Barron will major in criminal justice, with an eye on a career in police work or the FBI.
Overton also had an offer from Morgan State plus some verbal interest from other schools. But the 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman liked the idea of going to the next level with some company.
“I kind of didn’t want to go to college by myself,” he said. “It’s Div. 1 and my teammates are going, so we might as well continue something that we’ve already got going.”
Lenoir had interest from Div. 2 schools Wayne State and Grand Valley State, but jumped at the chance to play for Northern Colorado with his teammates.
“We always said we wanted to go to the same school,” he said. “They say it’s real rare. We’re going to make the best of it. We’re going to finish it in college.”
Muhammad, a 6-2, 220-pound defensive end, also had offers from Culver Stockton in Missouri and Wayne State, but focused more on his career goals in picking Michigan Tech.
“I want to become a mechanical engineer, and they have one of the top programs in the country,” he said.
Branch will attend Div. 1-AA Arkansas- Pine Bluff on a music scholarship and play football as a preferred walk-on. He also drew interest from Siena Heights and Culver-Stockton, but envisions a career as a vocalist.
“They have a real known music program (at Pine Bluff),” he said. “The coach really wanted me and said I could walk on the team and still have my music scholarship.”
Gold originally committed to Grand Valley State but switched to Div. 1 Maryland. She also drew attention from several Big Ten schools, along with West Virginia, Mississippi State, Florida and Florida State.
“I just wanted bigger and better,” said Gold. “Grand Valley is a great school, but I think I needed more of the whole package.”
Gold will major in pre-med, with a goal of becoming an obstetrician.
Jones, a forward on the soccer team, also had offers from Olivet College, as well as basketball offers from Olivet, Adrian and Siena Heights. She picked Prairie View for more than just sports.
“I always wanted to go to an HBCU (historically black college or university),” she said. “When I made my official visit, I met the team, the coach, the campus and just fell in love with everything about it.”
Jones will major in criminal justice and plans to work in juvenile delinquency.
Glinka, a center-midfielder on the Lady Cavs’ soccer team, was focused on Grace Bible all along. She plans to go into elementary education.
“I liked that it’s a Christian-based college and it’s very small so I can get my studies done,” she said.