National Signing Day: Argyle High and Liberty Christian School

National Signing Day: Argyle High and Liberty Christian School

by Steve Gamel

Argyle and Liberty Christian held their respective National Signing Day ceremonies earlier this month, and given the large number of athletes who took part, it’s no wonder why both are seen as athletic powerhouses.

The schools combined to recognize 15 athletes during the annual recruitment ceremony on February 3, which is the first day a high school senior can sign a binding national letter of intent for college football. While the day is marked in the media as a football-heavy signing day, athletes in other sports take part.

That was certainly true at Liberty Christian. The Warriors had five girls soccer players sign on the dotted line, a list highlighted by twin sisters Addison and Dakota Milner, who have the chance to continue their careers with Oklahoma Christian. Liberty Christian’s football signing class was led by quarterback Nick Starkel, who inked a deal with Texas A&M.

Argyle had seven signings – all football. Tight end J.C. Chalk signed with Clemson while the duo of David Bearden and Ty Smith signed what the Air Force Academy calls certificates of intent. There was also one who went the Ivy League route as do-it-all receiver Drew Estrada signed with Dartmouth.

Argyle football coach Todd Rodgers said that signing day is always a special day for any athlete.

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t say I will miss them all, but I’m excited they have made a name for themselves and have this opportunity,” he said. “This is a chance to see them make their own impression, and it will be fun to see and hear from them as they experience new things.”

The two biggest signings of the day were Argyle’s Chalk and Liberty Christian’s Starkel. Chalk had been committed to Clemson since he was a sophomore. He played in three state title games during his high school career, winning one, and finished his senior year with 547 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Starkel signed with Texas A&M after originally de-committing from Oklahoma State in December. He threw for 3,091 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior and also made a name for himself when he finished as a finalist at the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback competition last summer.

“Every one of these athletes picked a school that fits them to a T both academically and athletically,” Rodgers said of his signees. “They proactively found environments that play to
their strengths.”

Below is the complete list of signings, per school:

Argyle

Football:

J.C. Chalk,
Clemson

Ty Smith,
Air Force

David Bearden,
Air Force

Drew Estrada,
Dartmouth

Taylor Sweatt,
Truman

Gage McCook,
Harding

Hudson Speed,
Hardin-Simmons

Liberty Christian

Football:

Nick Starkel,
Texas A&M

Justus Lee,
Arizona (preferred walk-on)

Garrett Johnson,
Howard Payne

Soccer:

Rachel Beierman,
Oklahoma Baptist

Reagan Mann,
Oklahoma Baptist

Dani Maniguet,
Oklahoma Christian

Addison Milner,
Oklahoma Christian

Dakota Milner,
Oklahoma Christian


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