High school athletes sign to play at colleges

St. Pius X’s Carson Rodgers, at left, poses for a picture with his family after signing with Texas Wesleyan on Wednesday afternoon. (Contributed photo)

It was an exciting Wednesday for a number of the area’s high school students who will be continuing their athletic careers at the college level.

More than a dozen players from area schools signed to play in college, led by Heights girls basketball star Gracelynn Alvarez signing with the University of Texas-El Paso. The Bulldogs also had Billy Thursland commit to the University of Tulsa football program as a preferred walk-on.

The full list of the area’s college signees is below.


Girls Basketball

Gracelynn Alvarez – UTEP


Billy Thursland – Tulsa (preferred walk-on)

Brian Mayes – Incarnate Word

Kendric Rhymes – Kilgore Junior College

Patrick McDowell – Texas A&M Kingsville

Christopher Smith – Texas A&M Kingsville

Keyondrick Douglas – Blinn Junior College

Jonovan Foreman – Pittsburgh State

Byron McDaniel – McMurry

Zayan Primes – Howard Payne

Darius Howard – Gustavus Adolphus College


Jovanny Garcia – University of St. Thomas


Bethany Davila – Briar Cliff University

Alexandria Hill – Jarvis Christian College


Carson Rodgers – Texas Wesleyan (football, baseball)

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