National Signing Day

Marshall football players sign letters of intent to play college football during a ceremony Wednesday. Those signing were Marcus Bledsoe, Brevin Randle, Tahj Washington, Christian Hood and DeKendrick Bender.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 was National Sign Day as high school athletes across the country inked their letter of commitments to continue their athletic career at the collegiate level.

Wide receiver Tahj Washington signed a deal to attend University of Memphis to catch passes for the Tigers. Offensive lineman Christian Hood will play at Houston Baptist University. Linebacker Brevin Randle decided to stay put in East Texas and attend Stephen F. Austin to suit up for Lumberjacks. Wide receiver DeKendrick Bender will attend Southern Arkansas to catch some passes for the Muleriders and Marcus Bledsoe will also stay close to home as he’ll suit up for Louisiana College.

“It’s a great opportunity for our kids to be able to play at the next level and get a quality education paid for while continuing their athletic career,” Marshall athletic director and head football coach Jake Griedl said. “I’m excited for them. It’s very gratifying to see kids you’ve been working with for years take the next step. We hate to see them go but we know that we’ve equipped them with the right tools to have success at the next level. We’re really excited to see what they’ve accomplished and it’s just the next step of their journey. Up to this point, it was our job to get them ready for that journey.”

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a 10-parts series looking back at the biggest athletic stories at Marshall High School during the 2018-19 school year.