Three members of the Dodge City Red Demons football squad and a member of the girls track team signed their national letter of intents to participate in collegiate sports Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the DCHS Auditorium.
Davis commits to Air Force
Parker Davis signed to play Division I football for the Air Force Academy. Davis had verbally committed to the Falcons last June, but made his decision official Wednesday morning.
Davis had said he wanted to be in the military and that there is a chance he could be an instant contributor to the Falcons' offense considering they only have two returners at that position and he is bigger than both of them.
"After looking at all my options, I thought Air Force was my best," Davis said. "It's close to home and in a competitive conference (Mountain West Conference). The coaches are outstanding people I want to be around. And when I get out, I won't have any money to pay back, plus I'll have a job."
Davis said many Ivy League and the Army and Naval Academies also recruited him, as did Vanderbilt and Duke. He said he chose the Falcons over a final list that included Navy, Vanderbilt and Harvard. Davis will have at least a five-year commitment to the United States Air Force when he graduates from the academy.
Davis ran for 992 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, despite missing two games with an injury. He also had 75 tackles for the Red Demon defense.
Duckett signs to play at Butler
Dakota Duckett signed to play for the Butler Grizzlies of the Jayhawk Conference. Duckett will join fellow Red Demon Trey Hallman under head coach Troy Morrell. The Grizzlies lost in the national championship game to Iowa Western last fall.
Duckett will be competing for a starting position as a receiver for the Grizzlies. He chose Butler over Hutchinson and Dodge City Community Colleges and Fort Hays State University.
"They showed themselves as a family," Duckett said. "They don't just say it, they show you they care. Trey was also one of the reasons I went out there, as well as one of my cousins (Cortez Webb). They both said they liked it out there."
Duckett was second in the Western Athletic Conference in catches (62) and yards (747) with seven touchdowns in his senior season.
Sonday signs with Conqs
Offensive lineman Bryce Sonday signed to participate in both football and track for Dodge City Community College. Sonday will play football in the fall and throw the shot put and discus for the Conqs in the spring. Sonday is the current Class 6A state champion in the discus, throwing 170 feet-10 inches to win the title at last year's KSHSAA meet.
Page 2 of 2 - Sonday said he wanted to do both sports and that the Conqs were his best opportunity to help him prepare to leap to a four-year program when his commitment was through. Sonday chose the Conqs over Hutchinson, Fort Hays State, Pitt State and Emporia State.
"The other colleges weren't eager for me to do both football and track," Sonday said. "I might miss a couple of football workouts in the spring, but that's it. I want to be one of the keys to rebuilding the track program out here."
Wilson signs with FHSU
Summer Wilson has signed a letter of intent to compete in track for Fort Hays State University.
Wilson chose the Tigers over Wichita State and Pittsburg State. Wilson, who finished second in the Class 6A 100-yard hurdles at the KSHSAA meet at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium, will compete in the heptathlon for FHSU.
"It's close to home, but far away," Wilson said Wilson said about her choice of colleges. "I liked the campus and they have a good nursing program, which is what I'm going to do. It wasn't my first choice but I have family there, so I won't be alone."