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February 5, 2014

National Signing Day: Indians Franklin, Stewart and Anderson sign with ETBU

Melchor becomes JHS's first D-I soccer signee in 9 years



It's not often a high school library shuts down for a half hour in the middle of a school day, but that's exactly what happened at Jacksonville High School Wednesday morning, and for good reason.

The school's library was the location of Jacksonville's National Signing Day activities, with four young men, three football players and a soccer standout, having signed their official paperwork as to where they each would continue their respective educations and athletic careers.

The Tribe honorees included Claude Franklin, who is the son of Claude and Shawna Franklin; Justin Stewart, who is the son of James and Glenda Stewart; Lekendrick Anderson, who's parents are Latresha and Dwight Rivers and LeKeldrick Anderson; and Martin Melchor, who is the son of Maria Melchor.

Franklin, Stewart and Anderson will all be playing football for four-year colleges, with Melchor's sport being soccer.

Franklin, a wide receiver, will be attending Texas A & M Commerce (NCAA, Division II), while Stewart and Anderson both inked with East Texas Baptist University (NCAA,Division III) in Marshall.

Stewart is an offensive lineman and Anderson was recruited as a linebacker.

Melchor, who is one of East Texas' premier junior soccer players, signed with Coastal Carolina University (CCU), a NCAA Division I member who is nationally ranked.

CCU, located in Conway, SC, finished 19-5 last year which included going 9-1 in Big South Conference play, and went three rounds deep in the NCAA National Tournament.

Melchor became Jacksonville's first D-I soccer signee since 2005 when Josh Nannen played for the United States Air Force Academy.

Also in the 80's, Brandon Burgert (2002) represented the Indians in D-I soccer as a member of the Bradley University team.

Melchor was heavily recruited by a wide range of colleges, after playing well in the regional Olympic Development Program, including at least one more D-I school, Old Dominion University of Norfolk,VA.

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