Trojan trio honored on National Signing Day

Published 10:44 pm Wednesday, February 1, 2012

High school athletes across the nation put pen to paper and fired up the office fax machines on National Signing Day.

Charles Henderson High School saw a trio of athletes take part in the ceremonies at Wagoner Hall on campus Wednesday. With teammates and the student body in attendance, DeQuante Shockley, Jalin Lawson and Sharlie Brooks signed their National Letters of Intent to attend the institutions of their choice.

Shockley, a linebacker on the football team, and Brooks, a cross country star, will both attend the University of West Alabama while Lawson, shortstop for the Trojans baseball team, will suit up for Central Alabama Community College next season.

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In front of a packed gymnasium, Charles Henderson defensive coordinator Adam Helms praised Shockley for his tireless work ethic and perseverance.

“DeQuante played a number of roles for us this season,” Helms said. “He did a great job of accepting the challenges and performing at a high level.”

Shockley was gracious during the celebration thanking his family, teachers and teammates.

“I want to thank my teammates for pushing me harder than I knew I could go, the teachers helping keep me straight academically and my coaches,” He said. “In life, things might not always go your way. You’ve got to make the most of the opportunities you have.”

Shockley also referenced late Charles Henderson coach Tyrone Black and former head coach Hugh Fountain.

“I know Coach Black would be proud,” Shockley said. “And I want to thank Coach Fountain as well.”

Head baseball coach Derek Irons was also very complimentary of the Trojans signee on the diamond.

“Jalin is very talented,” he said. “He has probably one of the best bats in the state. He is very passionate about the game and has tremendous upside.”

Lawson said he was happy to get it behind him as to concentrate on the upcoming high school season.

“It feels good (to sign),” he said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play at the next level. I’m going to keep working and stay focused on my academics.”

Lawson lead the Trojans in doubles, home runs, runs scored, and stolen bases. He batted .449 for the season and against Eufaula last season tied an ASHAA record with three home runs in a single game.

Cross country coach Steve Haug took to the podium to pay tribute to Sharlie Brooks.

“She is the type that will do anything that needs to be done,” Haug said. “At one point she was 15th in the state. This is a wonderful opportunity that has come to her.”

Brooks was excited about having the opportunity to continue her cross country career at West Alabama.

“I loved the campus. It was a very friendly atmosphere,” Brooks said. “When I first started running, I knew I loved it and wanted to get to this point. It means so much to me to have the opportunity.”

All three athletes signed their Letters of Intent surrounded by family and coaches.