2023 Gridiron Football All-Americans Sign With Colleges On National Signing Day

The fifth annual Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game proved to be the most diverse and most talented football game in the history of this great event, and it has showed on National Signing Day with the majority of the players from the game going to play college football at the next level including a couple that will be playing at the Division I level. After all their hard work throughout the prep career, it is time to congratulate these Gridiron Football All-Americans by taking the next step in their football journey.

Make sure to keep coming back to this article as it will continue to update when there are more players that decide to either commit or sign after National Signing Day.

West Team:

Center High School (Center, TX) RB Kaden Dixon Signs With NAU:

The first overall pick of the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game Draft earned that right after having an incredible prep career for the Center Roughriders rushing for 4,560 yards and 61 touchdowns on 590 carries including 2,200 yards and 33 touchdowns his junior season. At 6’2, 190 pounds, Kaden Dixon brings power and 4.5/40 speed to the Big Sky Conference where he will suit up for the NAU Lumberjacks.

Salmen High School (Slidell, LA) RB Jacobi Jefferson Signs With Pearl River Community College:

Salmen High School (Slidell, LA) running back Jacobi Jefferson was one of the most exciting running backs in Louisiana to watch this year, and he will take his incredible playmaking ability to Pearl River Community College next fall. Jefferson showed his explosiveness in the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game where he had a big 12 yard run, which led to the eventual go ahead touchdown for Team West. The 1st Team All-State running back made a lot of plays for the Spartans where he ran for 1,916 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Escambia High School (Pensacola, FL) DB Tadarius Wright Signs With West Alabama:

Escambia High School (Pensacola, FL) defensive back Tadarius Wright set the tone in the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game for what kind of game it was going to be as he had the first interception of the game for Team West. Making those type of plays is what he has done for the Gators as he has totaled 83 tackles, nine pass breakups, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception this past season. The Gators Team MVP will be taking his talents to West Alabama where he will play college football.

Barton High School (Barton, AR) DB Dequincy Wilson Commits To Northeastern State:

Barton High School (Barton, AR) defensive back Dequincy Wilson has committed to play football at Northeastern State. The lone Arkansas representative in the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game was a standout two-way player for the Bears. Offensively, the All-Conference player is coming off 65 carries for 548 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with four catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns on offense while defensively, he had 66 tackles, eight tackles for loss, five interceptions, a forced fumble, and a 97-yard pick six.

Foster High School (Richmond, TX) DE Christopher White Commits To Butler Community College:

Foster High School (Richmond, TX) defensive end Christopher White has been a standout defensive end for the Falcons and now, he is going to start his college football career at Butler Community College. At 6’5, 240 pounds, the 1st Team All-District selection was a tough player to block because of his quickness and length. White finished his senior season with 66 total tackles, seven sacks, 15 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and even a blocked field goal. In the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game, White was a part of an impressive Team West defensive front with two tackles and a sack.

Calvary Baptist Academy (Shreveport, LA) LB Hutch Grace Signs With Ouachita Baptist:

Calvary Baptist Academy (Shreveport, LA) linebacker Hutch Grace is a state champion, Gridiron Football All-American, and now he is going to be a college football player as he has signed with Ouachita Baptist. Leading the Cavaliers to an undefeated state championship, Grace was a tackling machine and an excellent leader for the program with 295 tackles, 11 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and 11 interceptions including four that were returned for touchdowns. The three time All-State selection ended his prolific high school career with an excellent performance in the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game with 3.5 tackles and a sack.

Escambia High School (Pensacola, FL) DT Ryan McVay Signs With Pearl River Community College:

A second Escambia Gator from the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game has signed to play college football in defensive tackle Ryan McVay. The 6’2, 275 pound defensive lineman will join Salmen running back Jacobi Jefferson at Pearl River Community College. Whether it was throughout his high school career or in the bowl game, McVay proved to be very tough to block. This past season, he had an insane stat line of 116 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries. During the bowl game, he stuffed the stat sheet with three tackles, one sack, one TFL, and a huge force fumble that led to the go ahead touchdown for Team West.

Alexandria High School (Alexandria, LA) WR Amyrion Mingo Signs With Arkansas Pine Bluff:

Alexandria High School (Alexandria, LA) wide receiver Amyrion Mingo has been a playmaker on both sides of the football throughout his prep career as a two-time All-District selection on both sides of the football. This past season, he was a first team All-State selection with 29 tackles, four interceptions, 12 pass breakups on defense while he had 19 catches for 204 yards and four touchdowns on offense. Mingo will take his talents to play college football at Arkansas Pine Bluff.

Terrebonne High School (Houma, LA) LB Jalil Matthews Signs With Arkansas Monticello:

Terrebonne High School (Houma, LA) linebacker Jalil Matthews was one of the most versatile defensive players from the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game as he could play either safety or outside linebacker, and he will showcase that at the college level after signing with Arkansas Monticello. Throughout his career, the 1st Team All-District selection was a tackling machine finishing with 160 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. In the bowl game, Matthews posted a tackle.

Warren Easton High School (New Orleans, LA) DE Nasir Hudson Commits To Independence Community College:

Warren Easton High School (New Orleans, LA) defensive end Nasir Hudson has committed to play football at Independence Community College. The Fighting Eagles’ 1st Team All-District selection’s regular season was cut short because of the team’s season ending early, but he made the most of it with 28 tackles, five TFLs, and four sacks. In the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game, Hudson was part of a stout defensive line and made his impact with two tackles, a half sack, and two quarterback hurries.

Walker High School (Walker, LA) WR Jamari Evans Signs With Tyler Junior College:

Walker High School (Walker, LA) wide receiver Jamari Evans has had quite the season for the Wildcats in leading them to their best season ever in program history. This past season, Evans had 1,033 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns while earning a lot of awards in the process making 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Parish, and 1st Team All-State. He also was the Offensive MVP for District and Parish this past season as well. The productive wide receiver had one of the biggest offensive plays in the bowl game with a 19 yard reception. Evans will be playing college football at the next level with Tyler Junior College.

Neville High School (Monroe, LA) LB Vincent Butcher Signs With Centenary College:

Neville High School (Monroe, LA) linebacker Vincent Butcher is a three-year letterman for one of the top programs in North Louisiana and he will continue his playing career at Centenary College. Butcher is coming off a great senior season in which he made 1st Team All-District with 51 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, and a forced fumble. In the bowl game, he finished with 1.5 tackles.

Independence High School (Independence, LA) RB Michi Bean Signs With Southwest Mississippi Community College:

Independence High School (Independence, LA) running back Michi Bean has signed to play college football at Southwest Mississippi Community College. Bean has been a great foundational piece for head coach Travis Mikel as the three time 1st Team All-District running back has accounted for 3,456 all-purpose yards and 36 total touchdowns.

Chiefland High School (Chiefland, FL) LB Lawrence Rivers Commits To Gallaudet University:

Chiefland High School (Chiefland, FL) linebacker Lawrence Rivers has overcome a lot to get to this point. Despite being half deaf, that has not gotten in the way of Rivers being a college football player after committing to Gallaudet University. During his prep career, the two time All-Area selection has racked up 122 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, two blocked punts, and two interceptions.

Comeaux High School (Lafayette, LA) DB Alex Simon Signs With Clarke University:

Comeaux High School (Lafayette, LA) defensive back Alex Simon is another versatile defensive back that can play cornerback, safety, and linebacker. At 6’0, 150 pounds with 4.5/40 speed, Simon used his length and awareness to get 41 tackles this season. He will take his talents to play college football at Clarke University.

East Ascension High School (Gonzales, LA) OL Adam Wiggins Signs With Centenary College:

East Ascension High School (Gonzales, LA) offensive lineman Adam Wiggins will be continuing to play his college football at Centenary College. Wiggins was a part of one of the best offensive lines in the state of Louisiana this past season and gave up 0 sacks in the process. In the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game, he helped pave the way for a rushing attack that had over 130 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Livingston Collegiate Academy (New Orleans, LA) OL Alton Risin Signs With St. Olaf College:

Livingston Collegiate Academy (New Orleans, LA) offensive lineman Alton Risin will be continuing to play college football as he has signed to play for St. Olaf College. At 6’2, 255 pounds, Risin has been one of the foundational pieces for a young Wolves football program as he has made All-District twice including 1st Team All-District this past season. He has also been a top performer for one of our Gridiron Football Elite Camps where he earned an invitation to play in the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game.

Opelousas High School (Opelousas, LA) OL Joseph Milton Commits To Northwestern State:

Another Louisiana high school football state champion and Gridiron Football All-American has signed to play college football in Opelousas High School (Opelousas, LA) offensive lineman Joseph Milton. The 1st Team All-District and All-State selection has committed to play football for the Northwestern State Demons. Milton led an offensive line that was one of the best in the entire state and paved the way for one of the state’s leading rushers in D’Shaun Ford while helping the team earn their first state championship ever.

Westminster Christian Academy (Opelousas, LA) OL Brenn Ray Signs With Louisiana Christian:

Another offensive lineman from the Opelousas area that played in the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game will be playing college football at the next level as Westminster Christian Academy offensive lineman Brenn Ray has signed with Louisiana Christian. Ray has been a consistent, productive player over his high school career for the Crusaders as a four-time All-District selection including being named 1st Team All-District twice.

Heights High School (Houston, TX) K/P Shawn Haenicke-Prevost Signs With Texas A&M-Kingsville

Heights High School (Houston, TX) kicker/punter Shawn Haenicke-Prevost was one of three kickers/punters from the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game and he has signed to play college football at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The 1st Team All-District kicker/punter averaged over 40 yards per punt and converted on 98% of his extra point attempts. In the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game, Prevost made both of his extra points and helped flip the field to help the Team West defense as he averaged over 30 yards per punt during the game.

Comeaux High School (Lafayette, LA) WR Jayden Sonnier Signs With Louisiana Christian:

Comeaux High School (Lafayette, LA) wide receiver Jayden Sonnier has signed to play college football at Louisiana Christian. Sonnier is a really good athlete for the Comeaux Spartans as he played some quarterback last season as well. Last season, he accounted for over 2,000 total yards of offense with over 1,500 through the air and over 600 on the ground. The Comeaux athlete showed his versatility in the bowl game as he had both a carry and a reception in the game.

Southwood High School (Shreveport, LA) DT Travail Hamilton Signs With Bethel College:

Southwood High School (Shreveport, LA) defensive tackle Travail Hamilton was one of many standout defensive linemen from the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game and he will continue to play his college football at the next level at Bethel College. The 6’3, 280 pound defensive lineman was a tough player to block during his playing career as he had over 10 sacks and 10 TFLs this past season. He created just as much havoc in the bowl game finishing with 1.5 tackles and a half sack.

Holy Savior Menard (Alexandria, LA) DT Braylon Dusang Commits To Independence Community College:

Holy Savior Menard (Alexandria, LA) defensive tackle Braylon Dusang was one of the biggest, strongest players to play in the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game and now, he has committed to play college football at Independence Community College. The 6’4, 305 pound interior defensive lineman has been a 1st Team All-District lineman on both sides of the football during his prep career and was invited to play in the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game after having a strong showing at one of our elite camps last spring.

Team East:

Tioga High School (Ball, LA) DB Ja’Corian Norris Signs With The UL Ragin’ Cajuns:

Tioga High School (Ball, LA) defensive back Ja’Corian Norris is the first player on this list to have signed with a Division I FBS college football program as he will take his talents to Lafayette to play for the UL Ragin’ Cajuns. Norris was one of the most underrated recruits in the state of Louisiana from this class as all he did was make plays for the Tioga Indians. The 1st Team All-State selection did it all as he had 91 tackles, seven interceptions including five that were returned for touchdowns, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, five kickoff return touchdowns, and a punt return for a touchdown. Overall, he scored 11 touchdowns in three different ways. Showing off his ball skills throughout the season, Norris showed his big time hitting ability in the bowl game with four tackles and a PBU.

U-High (Baton Rouge, LA) WR/K/P Granville Anderson II Signs With Tufts University:

Perhaps, the best jack of all trades from the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game was U-High wide receiver Granville Anderson II, who showed that he can not only impress with his catching ability, but his kicking ability as well. Playing for one of the most prestigious football programs in the Baton Rouge area in U-High, he set a single season reception record as a junior and has combined to have 109 receptions for 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns the last two seasons. He also has averaged 45 yards per punt and has combined to make 137 of 143 total kicks (field goals/extra points) including a game winning field goal against Catholic High. The versatile playmaker showcased his hands and leg in his final high school game as he had a catch in the game while averaging 31 yards per punt for Team East. Anderson will play his college football at Tufts University.

Episcopal High School (Baton Rouge, LA) RB Braeden George Signs With Navy:

Episcopal High School (Baton Rouge, LA) running back Braeden George is one of the most electrifying running backs in the state of Louisiana and deservingly so, will get the chance play major Division I college football while serve his country at the Naval Academy. The 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-State running back found paydirt plenty of times this past season as he accounted for 1,854 yards and 28 touchdowns. George capped off his incredible high school career as good as you possibly could in the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game as he earned Team East Offensive MVP honors with 84 yards rushing and the team’s only touchdown.

Peabody Magnet High School (Alexandria, LA) WR Dartavin Depass Signs With Grambling:

Peabody Magnet High School (Alexandria, LA) wide receiver Dartavin Depass is another great prospect from Central Louisiana that will be staying in the state of Louisiana to play college football as the 1st Team All-District Offensive MVP has signed with Grambling. Depass is coming off a very productive season in which he made plays as a runner and as a receiver. Last season, the 6’2, 180 pound playmaker had 786 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns to go with 820 receiving yards and eight touchdowns receiving.

Dutchtown High School (Geismar, LA) DT Diego Spears Signs With McNeese State

Dutchtown High School (Geismar, LA) defensive tackle Diego Spears was all over the field making plays in the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game just like he was doing it throughout his high school football career as the two time All-District and All-State selection had 120 tackles, 24 sacks, 41 TFLs, and two pass breakups the last two seasons. Spears ended his prep career with a bang and represented the Griffins in a big way by earning Team East Defensive MVP with 4.5 tackles 1.5 sacks, and 2 TFLs. He will continue his high school career at McNeese State.

Slidell High School (Slidell, LA) DE Jalen Anderson Commits To Pearl River Community College:

If there was anybody else that was in serious consideration for the Team East Defensive MVP, it was Slidell High School (Slidell, LA) defensive end Jalen Anderson, who was a living nightmare for quarterbacks in the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game. In the bowl game, he finished with four tackles, two sacks, and two quarterback hurries. Getting in the backfield has been something that Anderson is used to doing during his prep career. Nicknamed the Joker, going up against him was no laughing matter as he finished as a 1st Team All-District selection. He is the third different player from the bowl game that will be taking his talents to Pearl River Community College.

McDonogh 35 High School (New Orleans, LA) LB Peyton McFarland Signs With Grambling:

McDonogh 35 High School (New Orleans, LA) linebacker Peyton McFarland is the second player from Team East that will be signing to play college football at Grambling. McFarland is another great pass rush specialist that has made a name for himself by getting to the quarterback. This past season, McFarland had 73 total tackles, 15 sacks, 27 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and an interception. The former Gridiron Football Player of the Week and 2nd Team All-State selection posted a tackle in the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game.

Pine High School (Franklinton, LA) RB James Owens Signs With Louisiana Christian:

Pine High School (Franklinton, LA) running back James Owens is going to play his college football at Louisiana Christian. The 1st Team All-District selection is coming off a tremendous senior season accounting for 1,665 total yards (1,013 yards rushing and 652 yards receiving) and 25 touchdowns. The three-time All-District selection earned his invitation to play in the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game after having a standout performance at the Gridiron Football Elite Camp this past spring.

Acadiana Christian High School (Lafayette, LA) QB Samuel Tullos Signs With Louisiana Christian:

Acadiana Christian High School (Lafayette, LA) quarterback Samuel Tullos closes the book on an incredible prep career and now will begin his next story at Louisiana Christian. Tullos was a winner for the Defenders guiding his team to four league championships. The dual threat quarterback has thrown for 4,248 yards and 46 touchdowns while also adding 2,080 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground in the 27 career games.

Southern Lab High School (Baton Rouge, LA) RB Douglas Thornton Signs With Louisiana Christian:

Southern Lab High School (Baton Rouge, LA) running back Douglas Thornton is the third Louisiana state champion football player to have signed with a college as he signed his letter of intent with Louisiana Christian. The two time state champion and 1st Team All-District running back has been a versatile back for the Kittens as he has accounted for 3,500 rushing yards, 700 receiving yards, 35 rushing touchdowns, and six receiving touchdowns.

Notre Dame High School (Crowley, LA) TE Hayden Johnson Signs With Louisiana Christian:

Notre Dame High School (Crowley, LA) tight end Hayden Johnson was one of two tight ends that played in the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game. The Notre Dame Pio will be continuing his football playing career with Louisiana Christian. Playing for legendary head coach Lewis Cook, the 6’1, 215 pound tight end made 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-Parish with 14 catches for 275 yards and five touchdowns.

Northwest High School (Opelousas, LA) DE Mackenzie Ardoin Signs With Navy:

Northwest High School (Opelousas, LA) defensive end Mackenzie Ardoin is the second player from Team East that will be playing college football and also serving his country for the Naval Academy. At 6’4, 220 pounds, the long, rangy, and athletic defensive end had a senior season to remember as he helped lead the Raiders to their best season yet making it all the way to the semifinals with a 1st Team All-State season. The four time All-District selection finished the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game with three tackles.

Peabody Magnet High School (Alexandria, LA) LB Cedric Allen Jr. Signs With Culver-Stockton:

Peabody Magnet High School (Alexandria, LA) linebacker Cedric Allen Jr. is the second Warhorse to have signed to play college football. At 5’10, 180 pounds, the two time All-District selection has been a tackling machine for his head coach Harry Coleman as he has over 135 tackles as an outside linebacker/safety hybrid to go along with over 13 sacks, five forced fumbles, and three interceptions including two that were returned for touchdowns. In the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game, Allen posted a tackle and he will be playing his college football at Culver-Stockton.

Woodlawn High School (Baton Rouge, LA) OL Cedric May Commits To ETBU:

Woodlawn High School (Baton Rouge, LA) offensive lineman Cedric May will be playing his college football at East Texas Baptist University. The former Panthers defensive lineman has made a full time transition to the offensive side of the football this past season and has fit in perfectly. At 6’2, 295 pounds, May is big, strong, and will bring a physical presence to the Tigers.

Rosepine High School (Rosepine, LA) OL Blaine Savoie Commits To Louisiana Christian:

Rosepine High School (Rosepine, LA) offensive lineman Blaine Savoie will continue to play college football at Louisiana Christian. The 5’11, 265 pound offensive lineman earned an invitation to play in the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game after a strong performance at the Elite Camp this past spring. Savoie is one of the offensive linemen that paved the way for Braeden George to have an MVP performance on the ground for Team East in the bowl game.

Marksville High School (Marksville, LA) DT Demerion Dupas Signs With Henderson State:

Marksville High School (Marksville, LA) defensive tackle Demerion Dupas is going to continue his playing career as he has signed to play football with Henderson State. Playing for the Tigers, Dupas has enjoyed a great prep career earning 154 total tackles (62 solo), five sacks, and a forced fumble while also making All-District and All-Parish for three straight years. In the 2023 Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game, the 6’1, 265 pound defensive tackle showed why he averaged at least five tackles per game throughout his career with 3.5 tackles and a sack.

Sterlington High School (Monroe, LA) OT Mitch Hodnett Signs With TCU:

The highest rated signee from the Gridiron Football All-American Bowl Game is Sterlington High School (Monroe, LA) offensive tackle Mitch Hodnett, who signed with TCU. At 6’5, 295 pounds, Hodnett has all the tools to be a great Power Five starting tackle for the Horned Frogs. Rated as a three star prospect by 247, Hodnett is also a fantastic track and field athlete as a top five finisher in the state championship finals.

Kenner Discovery High School (Kenner, LA) WR Lance Rumbelow Commits To Calumet College of Saint Joseph:

Kenner Discovery High School (Kenner, LA) wide receiver Lance Rumbelow has committed to play college football at Calumet College of St. Joseph. Rumbelow was a big play threat for the Owls as he averaged over 26 yards per catch on 14 catches for 365 yards and six touchdowns. He also averaged 30 yards per punt return and 29 yards per kick return as well.

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