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— By PATRIC FLANNIGAN

Sports editor

The National Signing Day frenzy didn’t skip over Ouachita County on Wednesday. Three students athletes from Ouachita County schools signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their football careers on the gridiron.

Each Ouachita County school not only offered great athletes but quality students from good families that are more focused on team goals than their own. Neither student has had any discipline problems and will be assets to their selective programs in the future.

More students are expected to sign to play college football at each school later this year.

The festivities began with Camden Fairview Middle Linebacker Tyree Holliman signing his NOI to play football for the Southern Arkansas University Muleriders. Holliman is the son of Candace McKinney and Tyrone Holliman.

Holliman is one of the state’s few two-time All State football student athletes. During his tenure with C.F., Holliman racked up over 300 tackles. He also entered the backfield on offense and was a force in short yardage situations.

Holliman is the definition of a team leader. He has improved under the tutelage of C.F. Head Coach Jake Monden in each of his three years in football. He saw time as a sophomore becoming a full time starter his junior year.

Holliman is a three sport athlete serving on the track and basketball teams as well.

An hour later, Harmony Grove’s Kentrell Hill signed his NOI to be a Wonder Boy at Arkansas Tech University. Hill is the son of Patricia and Kenneth Hill.

Hill has been a three-year starter for the Hornets and is a key contributed to H.G.’s back-to-back history making seasons as the team advanced to the semi-finals for the first time in the school’s history his sophomore and junior seasons. Hill can be described as a play maker and is a versatile wide receiver and defensive back. He stands 6’2 and has a 40 inch vertical and 4.47 speed. Hill’s coach, Ernie Horstkamp said Hill had offers from nearly every Division 2 school in the state. Hill plans to major in biology.

Then in the afternoon, it was Bearden’s Garrett McWhorter’s turn to signed his NOI to join Holliman as an SAU Mulerider. McWhorter is the son of Jana and Mike McWhorter

McWhorter has also been a three year starter for the Bears. McWhorter has done it all for his team and coach Trey Outlaw playing tight end, wide receiver, defensive end, linebacker and full back.

McWhorter is an Academic All Star and was a finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award earlier this season. He is a four-sport athlete participating in track, baseball, and basketball throughout his career and improving in each sport.

McWhorter has also been involved with different community service and church projects. He was recruited as a defensive end for the Muleriders.

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