Seven EA athletes celebrate National Signing Day

Kyle Riviere
From left to right: Maylen Mire, Thomas Levy, Chandler Perer, Jimel London, Adrian Bowie, and Derrick and Darren Lebouef. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

For the second straight year, East Ascension celebrated National Signing Day with seven heralded senior athletes inking their letters of intent to continue their playing careers at the college level.

Last season, all seven signees were football players. This year, six were from the football program, and one was on the girl’s soccer team.

The football players that signed were all-everything player Jimel London, outside linebacker Adrian Bowie, running back Thomas Levy, offensive lineman Chandler Perer and twins Darren and Derrick Lebouef.

The girl’s soccer signee was Maylen Mire.

“It’s a special day for our young people. It’s a special day for East Ascension,” Spartan head football coach and Athletic Director Darnell Lee said. “I’m very excited for the young people we have on stage at this time. I had a chance to watch them grow from freshmen to seniors.”

It should be no surprise so many members of the Spartan football team signed with colleges. They are coming off of a tremendous season that saw them go 8-2, win a share of the District 5-5A championship and reach the second round of the playoffs.

The headliner of the six was London. He signed with the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

London had a phenomenal season that saw him rush for more than 900 yards and 12 touchdowns as a dynamic weapon on offense. He scored two more touchdowns as a return specialist, and at cornerback, he had three interceptions.

He was flooded with postseason honors that included being named the District 5-5A Co-Offensive MVP and being a nominee for the Warrick Dunn Award. He was also All-State, and he was a first-team selection on the All-Parish team as an offensive athlete, return man and defensive back.

Perer signed with McNeese State. For the second straight season, he was both an all-district and All-Parish performer on the offensive line for East Ascension.

Bowie signed with Blinn Junior College after a great first season as a starter for the Spartan defense.

Bowie was one of the team’s best pass-rushers and was an honorable mention selection on the all-district team.

Levy also signed with Arkansas at Monticello.

He began the year at wide receiver but transitioned to running back when starter Ralph Williams went down with a knee injury.

Coach Lee said that Levy will being changing positions once again at the next level. He’s expected to play defensive back.

Finally, twins Darren and Derrick Leboeuf won’t be separating any time soon. Both are headed to CMP Prep.

Mire and the East Ascension girl’s soccer team just completed a successful 2017 season under first-year head coach Jennifer Franklin.

The Lady Spartans went 11-9-2 and reached the playoffs.

Mire was one of the driving forces behind their run. As a junior, she was a second-team all-district performer.

She signed with Louisiana College.

Coach Lee couldn’t have been prouder of the student-athletes. He said, “They made so many sacrifices, and I think these scholarships are well rewarded for the amount of work they’ve put in.”