GONZALES – East Ascension had a total of nine players sign football scholarships on National Signing Day led by defensive end Deshon Hall who held his commitment to Louisiana Tech.
Hall turned down offers from Wisconsin, Colorado and Kansas after earning first-team all-district and honorable mention All-State following a senior season in which he recorded 53 tackles and 12 sacks.
Wide receivers Markquell Stewart and Shaivonn Robinson signed with McNeese State and Southern Arkansas. Robinson was a first-team all-district pick.
Signing with Mesabi Range Community College were Jaqunn Mitchell, Derrick Smith and Nick Massey. Mitchell and Smith were first-team all-district.
Offensive lineman Cooper Ducote signed with Milsaps College, while linebacker Donrell McKenzie inked with Arkansas-Monticello and defensive back Tahj Ballard penned with Arkansas Baptist.
East Ascension softball players Rachel Ducote (Christian Brothers of Memphis) and Brynnen Gautreau (Lindenwood of Belleville, Illinois) also signed scholarships.