Seniors Tyrez Shipmon and Mea Williams participated in a special signing day event at Lakota West High School March 7, 2011. At the event, Shipmon signed a letter of intent to play football at Central State University, while Williams signed on to play basketball at Wilmington College.
Shipmon (photo – right – click to enlarge), who was also considering Miami (Ohio), Georgetown and Jacksonville State, picked CSU “because of God, prayer, the coaching staff and school history.” Furthermore, Shipmon’s brother (Terrance), who will be a sophomore at CSU in the fall, helped Tyrez with his decision.
Williams, who has been a member of the Lakota West varsity basketball team for the past three seasons, was also considering Eastern Kentucky, Southeast Missouri, St. Bonaventure and Mt. Saint Joe.
“I felt Wilmington would be the best fit for me,” Williams said in a release. “You have to do what is best for you, not what is a good look for you. Wilmington feels just like home to me and the team has a lot of great people to be around.”
So far this school year, including Shipmon and Williams, 22 Lakota West High School student athletes have signed to play sports in college. Nine other students signed during the February National Signing Day period and 11 signed during November’s Signing Day period.