Bryan vs Rudder

Bryan running back Hunter Batten breaks through the Rudder defense for a 57-yard rushing touchdown Friday at Merrill Green Stadium. The Vikings won 33-20.

With the Feb. 1 football national signing day a little over a week away, a trio of Brazos Valley players announced commitments on Sunday through social media.

Rockdale running back Davion Ford committed to Houston, Bryan running back Hunter Batten committed to Howard Payne and Bremond defensive lineman J.R. Rocha committed to Texas A&M Commerce.

Ford also had offers from University of Central Florida, Boise State and North Texas. He took his official visit to Houston on Jan. 20 and verbally committed to the Cougars on Sunday over Twitter. 

Ford was fourth in the Brazos Valley in total regular-season scoring (164) and rushed for 1,278 yards.

Batten became the second Brazos Valley running back to commit to play in college Sunday. Batten led Bryan with 1,016 regular-season rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Vikings quarterback Mason Ray committed to Texas A&M Commerce on Jan. 14 and wide receiver Joseph Hedge and offensive lineman Garrison Tullos have interest from multiple schools.

Rocha was a first-team Class-2A APSE all-state selection for the Tigers, who won the Class-2A Division II state championship. He tallied 101 tackles and nine sacks in the regular season.

“I’d like to thank my mom, dad, brother and my girlfriend for being so supportive and understanding of how much traveling to camps and games we had to do just for me to live my dream,” said Rocha in a Twitter post announcing his commitment.

Bremond wide receiver Joe Williams, who missed a portion of the season with a knee injury, is expected to sign to run track at Houston.

College Station defensive back Jarren Jones announced Monday afternoon over Twitter that he has an offer to play at Division-III Hardin-Simmons. Cougars running back Chris Monroe Jr. has yet to announce a commitment, but visited Texas Lutheran over the weekend.

A&M Consolidated linebacker Abel Daily committed to Lamar University on Monday, while teammate Tyon Merchant is still undecided after decommitting from Oklahoma State during the playoffs this year. The defensive back had an in-home visit with Arizona State on Nov. 29 and has interest from other Division I programs.

Rudder wide receiver Josh Johnson had an in-home visit with UT-Permian Basion on Jan. 18 and also has interest from Howard Payne and Texas Lutheran.


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