Speech to Text for National Signing Day: Part 2
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5 p-m... it's one of the biggest days of the year for the wtva sports team. it's national signing day, where high school football players across the country make their official decisions on where they will play in college. wtva sports director jim holder joins us with a look at what's happened locally today. these days, we have two of these. there's the early signing period in december, and the regular signing day that we're used to here in february. we're doing things a little different this time. we're showcasing different signees on different shows, and we're posting them to wtva.com. north pontotoc had three signings this morning. receiver and cornerback brendon fields signed with william penn university, an naia school in iowa that's about ten hours away from ecru. the vikings' other two to sign are staying much closer to home. offensive lineman luke tutor signed with northeast, and linebacker corley hooper signed with icc. hooper also played quarterback last season, and tutor blocked for hooper. but now, they'll play for rival schools on opposite sides of the ball. hooper: "we haven't talked about it much, i just told him to do what was best for him, and he told me the same thing, so, i'm happy for him that he got an opportunity to go where he wants to go." tutor: "it's gonna be different, i've always blocked for corley, i've always kept him safe, but now, i'm gonna have to step up and try to block him." fields: "all three of us have put so much effort into it, i'm just great to see that they're signing today, and find them a home." shannon high school had five players sign this afternoon. from left to right, buddy baughman, k'maiyus cayson, thailon whitfield, and javis wren signed with icc. on the far right, jerry marion is headed to bethel college in kansas. but on all of their minds, their fallen teammate, cam billups, who was killed in a car accident a couple of years ago, and he would have been a senior. billups was the inspiration for the red raiders' division championship run last season. him." "you know, that's one thing about this group, they stuck together, i've been blessed to have them since their freshman year, and we lost cam last season, and so, they've been honoring him." we're posting area signees from today at wtva.com. we've got plenty more still to come on wtva nine news at five, plus in sports at six. for now, i'm jim