Three student athletes at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School were recognized on Feb. 2–National Signing Day. Leroy Paige, Justin Doyle, and Kendall Santee signed acceptance letters and committed to playing college football for the 2022-2023 school year.
“When I started this team two years ago, I had no idea the impact these young men would have on this program as well as on myself as a coach,” says Coach Joseph Riley, III. “These young men are my living proof that hard work pays off and as a coach, I could not have asked for a better reward.”
Leroy Paige has signed on to play football at Grambling State University. He currently plays safety/wide receiver for the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Jaguars. During his senior year, he completed 56 tackles, three forced fumbles, seven sacks, five pass breaks, and six tackles for loss. He also scored eight touchdowns during the season. He plans to major in electrical engineering and pursue a career in the NFL after graduating from college.
Justin Doyle will become a Lumberjack, playing football at Stephen F. Austin State University. Justin is the running back for MLK and he had a stellar senior year, rushing the ball 987 times and scoring 10 touchdowns. Justin will major in sports medicine with the hopes of continuing his football career in the NFL after graduation.
Kendall Santee also accepted a position to play on the Stephen F. Austin State University football team. He currently plays center for MLK. Kendall rushed for 1,000 yards and executed 10 pancake blocks. He will major in business and plans to open a restaurant after he graduates college.