A trio of Marion football athletes signed their National Letters of Intent on in front of their friends, family and coaches on Wednesday at Marion High School.
Senior Jackson Allen, an All-District tight end and wide-receiver, plans to play at Texas A&M Commerce, senior Brevin Wilson, an All-District H-back and defensive back, signed to continue his athletic career at Howard Payne University in Brownwood and senior Elijah Lebron, an All-District linebacker, inked in his future to play at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.
The three football athletes helped the 2018 Marion football program (10-2) win the championship title in District 15-3A-DI, go undefeated in district and set a new school record for wins in a season.
The Bulldogs also reached the area round in the playoffs for the first time in five years.
“Jackson, Brevin, Elijah, are not only great football players, but they are great students,” first-year football head coach Ryne Miller said. “It’s just a true honor to watch these guys sign. I was in their shoes 15 years ago and it’s fun to watch these guys sign and enjoy it with their families and their friends. They put in all the hard work on the football field, in the classroom and it has paid off for them. The reward is they get to go play college football, get some scholarships and graduate with a college degree.”
In his senior year, Allen caught for 1,209 yards and 14 touchdowns on 69 catches, which led him to earn the Co-Offensive MVP superlative in District 15-3A-DI.
Allen said “it feels great” to sign to play college football at the next level and is excited to be successful at Texas A&M Commerce.
“I love the program, I love the coaches and they have great things there,” Allen said. “It was a great decision for me. We have great coaches here at Marion, they have pushed me to the limit and I’m hoping at the next level the college coaches will just do the same thing.”
Allen also plays basketball for the Marion Bulldogs under the direction of boys basketball head coach Jon Allen — who also is Jackson’s father.
“It’s just been a dream to see him excel at everything he does,” his father said. “Football, basketball — whatever makes him happy, I’m happy for him. We just want to see him excel at anything he does. Just very proud and it’s awesome.”
Wilson, also a Marion varsity basketball player, said he’s been playing football for a long time and is thrilled to be able to continue to do so at Howard Payne University in Brownwood.
“I like what they are doing up there,” Wilson said. “I took a visit last Monday, and they showed me their facilities and the coaches spoke about their philosophy, and I agree with their morals and I think they are building a great program up in Brownwood.”
Lebron has played varsity football throughout his high school career — the first three years in Japan and his senior year for the Marion Bulldogs.
Although Lebron was only a Bulldog for a year, he said he learned a lot and plans to take all his football knowledge to the next level.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “I can’t wait to start school and athletics this fall at Evangel. I love the campus, the football aspect and the school aspect, so I knew it was a perfect fit for me.”