Leroy Scott, South Houston High School's senior
cornerback and a high-school football standout the past four seasons, signed a national letter of intent with the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday, joining a parade of a half-dozen Trojans to formally agree to college offers.
Scott had verbally committed to sign with the Longhorns before his junior year. He was recently visited on campus by UT head coach Mack Brown and Major Applewhite, the Longhorns' new offensive coordinator.
Wednesday was the first day for high-school seniors across the country to sign college letters.
"I'm very excited on this special day, because all the hard work that I put in is finally paying off," Scott said.
Scott's mother, Katrina Scott, was at school to celebrate his signing.
"To have my mother there was very special so she could see the first of my many accomplishments," Scott said.
Five of Scott's teammates -- Joe Allen, Simon Beltran, Breland Dortch, Guy Peel and Dennis Robertson -- signed with Grand View University in Des Moines.
"It means the world to me," Beltran said. "I love playing football, and I'm among the few who get that chance of a lifetime to play on a college level."
The seniors were joined by C.L. Whittington, the Trojans' head football coach; Dr. Steve Fullen, the school's principal; Pasadena ISD Athletic Director Mike Stephens and Rodney Chant, the district's assistant athletic director.
"Signing today is special," Whittington said, "because this puts you on a path to a bright future."
South Houston Head Coach C.L. Whittington huddles with five seniors as they sign college letters with Grand View University on Wednesday. Making their college commitments were Breland Dortch, Dennis Robertson, Guy Peel, Simon Beltran and Joe Allen.