Players taking their talents to the next level

Published 3:49 pm Friday, February 6, 2015

National Signing Day is always an important day throughout the country, as players let their fans know where they plan on playing their sport for the next four years.

In Washington Parish, two schools celebrated the signings of four total players.

It’s players having their dreams come true.

At Pine, quarterback Derrick Dillon, who had verbally committed to the University of Florida, made a switch and signed his National Letter of Intent with Louisiana State University.

“After they offered me, I was talking to coach Cam a lot and then I was debating,” Dillon said. “So, when I went on the visit, I enjoyed myself. It felt right for me, so that was what decided my decision.”

Over at Franklinton, the Demons celebrated the signings of two football players and a baseball player.

Demons offensive linemen Adrian Magee and P.J. Burkhalter, along with utility baseball player Morgan Angelo, are taking their talents to the next level.

Magee is going to Louisiana State University to play for the Tigers.

Burkhalter is headed to Nicholls State University for football to play for the Colonels.

On the diamond, Angelo will play for the LSU-Eunice Bengal Tigers.

Magee said he likes the way the school runs, the way athletics operates there, and the way the school help the student athletes with their schoolwork.

Burkhalter said he chose Nicholls State, which is located in Thibodaux, because of the people.

“I like the people over there and the atmosphere,” Burkhalter said. “It felt like a family.”

Angelo feels it’s a good decision.

“They’re going to give me opportunities to go somewhere and play better ball,” Angelo said. “I might have a chance to win a championship there.”

LSU-Eunice has won four National Championships since 2006. Those have been in 2006, 08, 10 and 12. The Bengal Tigers were National runner-up in 2013.

These are the players who signed on National Signing Day. More could be signing before the 2015-16 school year begins.