Nine parish stars celebrate National Signing Day

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
Dutchtown signings included: standing from left to right: manager Sam Pruet, Justin Sampson and Mason Nickens. Sitting down from left to right: Tyler Sarrazin, Shelby Christy, David Elias, Brian Hernandez and Billy Chandler. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

National Signing Day was a special moment for many high school players around the state, and Ascension parish was no exception. Nine player from the area all inked their names on letters of intent to take their games to the next level.

The epicenter of it all was Dutchtown High. Wednesday, their gymnasium was packed with students, family and media members to see seven Griffins officially become college bound.

Heading the list was receiver Shelby Christy as he signed to play at Mississippi State--where he committed to play last summer. He will continue the tradition of Griffins playing in the SEC--like Landon Collins and Eddie Lacy at Alabama and Eric Reid at LSU.

Christy was a first-team All-District 5-5A selection at wide receiver this past season. He helped Dutchtown finish 7-2 and earn a spot in the second round of the playoffs where they lost to eventual state champion Rummel 21-10.

Along with Christy, offensive linemen Brian Hernandez and Billy Chandler both signed. Hernandez, a first-team all-district selection, signed with Nicholls State while Chandler, a second-team all-district player, signed with Mississippi College.

Defensive back Justin Sampson will join Chandler at Mississippi. Sampson garnered second-team all-district honors this year.

Sampson's defensive counterpart David Elias will be taking his talents to UL Monroe. The Griffin defensive tackle not only made first-team all-district this year, but he was also named District 5-5A Defensive MVP. Along with that, he was an honorable mention All-State selection.

Elias was joined on the All-State team by kicker-punter Tyler Sarrazin. Sarrazin was a first-team all-district kicker and punter, and he made first-team All-State for his punting duties.

On the power of that impressive resume and his skill-set, he signed with Southern Miss.

The only non-football signing of the day came from the Griffins' first-team all-district quarterback Mason Nickens. Even though he did get attention for his work on the football field, he decided playing baseball at LSU-Eunice was the best option for him.

Nickens was a first-team all-district outfielder last year for the Griffin baseball team.

However, Dutchtown wasn't the only school in the parish celebrating Signing Day; St. Amant had two players sign their names to the dotted line as well.

Defensive back Jeffrey Williams and defensive lineman Nic Bickham both signed as their friends and family crowded the school library.

Both helped lead the Gators to a resurgent 7-2 year that culminated in their first playoff appearance in nearly a decade.

Williams signed with Missouri Southern while Bickham signed with Louisiana Tech. Bickham was a first-team all-district selection this past season.

For pictures of all the players who signed last Wednesday, check out our photo gallery entitled "National Signing Day."