Four Tyler ISD student athletes sign letters of intent to play football for Division I schools

December 19, 2019


Four Tyler ISD athletes signed letters of intent to play football for Division I (DI) schools during today’s DI early signing opportunity.


John Tyler High School cornerback Kitan Crawford committed to The University of Texas at Austin. The John Tyler standout earned 7-5A Division I First Team All-District Running Back honors, as well as First Team All-District Cornerback honors, for the 2019 season.


“Kitan is big, fast, and physical,” John Tyler Head Football Coach Ricklan Holmes said. “That combination, along with the knowledge of defensive schemes and great man-to-man coverage skills, make him the dominant defensive back that he is. Kitan is an old soul and he deals with stuff unlike most 16- and 17-year old kids. He has been a little bit more mature about the recruitment process than most. The love that he has for The University of Texas is what has kept him 100% committed.”


Robert E. Lee High School had three signees, with Elliott Davison committing to the University of Incarnate Word, Jamal Ligon to The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Mark Patton to Tyler Junior College.


Former Tyler Lee coach, Kurt Traylor, described Davison as, “a silent warrior; one of the hardest working kids on our team. Elliott has the ability to lead others in a positive and respectful way.”


Traylor described Ligon as a leader by example, “Jamal never took a play off in practice or games. Je is the hardest working kid I ever coached! A man of integrity and discipline.” Ligon received 11-6A Utility Player of the Year for the 2019 season.


Receiving 11-6A First Team All-District Fullback honors, Traylor describes Patton as, “the ultimate definition of selfless! He never complained or made excuses about moving positions. Mark wanted what was best for his teammates and not for him! He showed up and worked hard every day.”


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