National Football Signing Day scatters Rangers across nation

JEREMY GARZA
Staff Writer

The first Wednesday in February could be considered a national holiday for college football fans. That’s right, National Signing Day.

It’s more than just choosing a new team, but a new home, new friends and new campus.

For the KC football team, that means losing many of their key players from its  8-3 2012 team.

Wide receiver Ed’Marques Batties, who was a NJCAA Second Team Offensive All-American, signed with  Middle Tennessee State.

“I felt at home there,” Batties said. “I enjoyed the coaches and they make their team feel like a family.”

Cornerback James Jones, who was a NJCAA All-American honorable mention, will be taking his talents about 160 miles west to the University of North Texas in Denton.

He is one of four KC football players who have signed with Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

The other two FBS signees include tight end Steven Borden  with the University of Kentucky and defensive lineman DeAngelo Brooks, who will head across the state border to Louisiana Tech University.

One of the biggest mysteries was linebacker Charles Woods, who decided to sign with Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Woods was named NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Year for 2012 and was named to the NJCAA First Team All-Defense Team.

Other notable players who signed were safety DeMarcus Armstrong (Minot State University); defensive lineman Paul Brown  (Midwestern State University); quarterback Ty Chapa (Northwestern Oklahoma State University); offensive lineman Greg Lunceford (Southeastern Oklahoma State University); and offensive lineman Tramon Shead (Lamar University).

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