National Signing Day 2018 Argyle & Liberty Christian

National Signing Day 2018 Argyle & Liberty Christian

by Steve Gamel

Both Argyle High School and Liberty Christian again had a slew of college prospects in multiple sports put pen to paper during last month’s highly-anticipated National Signing Day.

Both schools combined for 12 signees representing four sports during the annual recruitment ceremony on Feb. 1, which is the first day college football teams can officially sign 2018 freshman. Many athletes from around Denton County, including those from Argyle and Liberty, made their commitments well in advance. But this was a chance to make it all official.

Of the 12 signees, eight were from Argyle. That list was highlighted by soccer player Hannah Gladys, who graduated early but came back for the signing ceremony. Gladys, a three-year starter for the Lady Eagles, scored 81 goals during her standout career, including 32 as a junior.

Gladys is expected to fit right in at UNT, which has never had a losing season.

Jon Copeland, Argyle’s senior quarterback who had a season-ending knee injury late in the year, was one of the feel-good stories of the day as he will get to continue his career with Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Copeland turned out to be one of the better quarterbacks in Argyle football history. Before his injury, Copeland amassed 1,975 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. He also rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns.

He was one of five Eagle football players to make their college choices official, joining Cale Nanny, Wes McCollum, Preston Coyle, and Owen Petrie.

Argyle also had one baseball signee, Ben Pounds, and a golf signee, Will Gilster.

Liberty Christian’s 2018 signing day class was relatively small with only four signees. But three of those signees were Division I prospects. Grant Sawyer signed with Tulsa as an outside linebacker after recording 97 tackles, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions as a senior while being named a TAPPS all-state honorable mention selection.

Meanwhile, Savannah Holmes signed to play soccer at Liberty University. Holmes, who attends Liberty but does not play soccer for the school, was one of two soccer signees as Sarah Albert signed with Oklahoma Christian.

Sadler Engel, a star offensive lineman for the Warriors, signed with Division I FCS school, Abilene Christian. Below is the entire list of Feb. 1 college signings from Argyle and Liberty Christian.


Jon Copeland, Argyle, Incarnate Word
Preston Coyle, Argyle, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Cale Nanny, Argyle, Hardin-Simmons
Wes McCollum, Argyle, Navarro College
Owen Petrie, Argyle, Sul Ross State
Grant Sawyer, Liberty Christian, Tulsa
Sadler Engel, Liberty Christian, Abilene Christian

Hannah Gladys, Argyle, University of North Texas
Savannah Holmes, Liberty Christian, Liberty University
Sarah Albert, Liberty Christian, Oklahoma Christian

Ben Pound, Argyle, Bossier Parrish Community College

Will Gilster, Argyle, Texas Wesleyan

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