Tyler High Athletes Commit to Play Football at Collegiate Level

Four Tyler High School senior athletes will continue their football careers at the collegiate level after graduation. During a ceremony held today at the campus, these athletes signed their letters of intent in front of coaches, teammates, and family members.

“Congratulations to these student athletes for working hard and realizing their goals to play at the next level,” Tyler ISD Athletic Director Greg Priest said.

Tyler High students signing letters of intent include:

Jacques Jones, Trinity Valley Community College
2nd Team All-District Linebacker
Rushing - 41 / 342 yds / five TDs
Tackles - seven
Sacks - one
Tyler High Coach Ricklan Holmes: “Very happy that Jacques finished his high school career here as a Lion. Awesome kid with the heart of a champion. Glad he will have a chance to continue his education and play football at the next level.”

 Ashton Williams, McPherson College

Defensive Lineman
2nd Team All-District Offensive Lineman
Tackles - 24
QB Hurries - two
Tyler High Coach Ricklan Holmes: “Super kid with a high potential to be a great addition to society and to the college football team he will be playing for. Glad to see Ashton’s growth over the years as a person and football player.”

KenYontae Pinkard, McPherson College
Honorable Mention All-District Utility Player
Passing - 58 / 926 yds / six TDs
Rushing – 182 yds / four TDs
Tyler High Coach Ricklan Holmes: “KenYontae is a very unselfish player with the heart of a Lion. His athletic ability will carry him far in football, but his personality with carry him even farther in life.”

Preston Johnson, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor
Defensive Lineman
2nd Team All-District Defensive End
Tackles – 29
Sacks - two
Caused Fumbles – one
QB Hurries - one

Tyler High Coach Ricklan Holmes: “Preston’s growth as a person far exceeds his growth as a player and because of that, he is in the position he is in to play college football and get a higher education. Hard worker and even better teammate.”

For more information, contact Greg Priest at 903-262-3080.