A few Parkland High School Matadors are feeling ready to hit the turf now onto the next level. Two stand outs are staying in Texas, and running back Deion Hankins is going to continue his legacy here in the Borderland.
While finishing off their high school careers, Hankins along with Khatib Lyles and Dontavius Campbell are carrying their own records with them putting them on an all star list leading them to their college football careers.
Hankins signed to UTEP, being El Paso’s all time leading rusher. Lyles signed to University of North Texas with a total of 17 touchdowns this season, and Campbell signed to Oklahoma Panhandle State University and carried 1,049 yards in kick off and punt returns this season.
These football players told KTSM getting to this point was no easy task, however did not stop them from reaching their goals.
“Growing up, this was my main goal to bring my mom out the house to do my best for her and my whole family. Just to succeed not only for my mom but my community, for God, and play my heart out wherever I go,” Hankins shared, “It was stressful this whole recruiting process but I just had to stay grounded, stay humble, and continue to focus on my main goal which was actually going to college. I’m here now, so North Texas Bound,” Lyles said.
Hankins along with Lyles are looking to end their Senior year on a high note academically, but these teammates will be facing off as Conference U.S.A. foes once they put on their college jerseyes for the first time, when fall camp begins in August.