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PT Athletes Sign Football and Track Scholarships on National Signing Day

“The upside for Dalton Ferrell is tremendous,” said Coach Randy Wyatt. “I think he’s starting to understand the game. All these guys are first year starters, and the fact that they are sitting here today tells you that they have a great attitude, a great work ethic, and the intangibles needed to be successful in life.”

Howard Smith was a wide receiver and free safety for the Tornado in 2016. He had 18 receptions for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns despite missing action with an injury.

“One of the things about Howard that I’m most proud of is that even though this year was a really rough year for him, he always kept a positive attitude,” said Coach Randy Wyatt. “In not giving up he showed great leadership to the underclassmen. The sky is the limit for him.”

Hunter Watkins was a wide receiver on the football team and ran middle distance on the track team. He had 37 receptions for 880 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016, and he was the state Class 2A champion in the 400 meter dash.

“I’ve been coaching track since 2000, and this is the highest scholarship that any track athlete that I have coached has received,” said Coach Randy Wyatt. “Hunter came to us his junior year and had never run track or played football at the high school level and to have accomplished what he has accomplished tells you a lot about his work ethic and his attitude. The be able to do two sports on a collegiate level and handle your academics is a challenge, but I have no doubt that Hunter can do it.”

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