Roughrider athlete Chris Jackson signs letter of intent to play football at Howard Payne University

“Chris is a good kid and a good example and role model for today's youth,” — said Alex Munoz, CHS teacher and coach

Center High School standout athlete in track, basketball and football on Wednesday morning signed a college letter of intent to play football for the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets starting this fall.

Jackson played on offense and defense for the Roughriders and was a defensive standout for the Center varsity football team the past two seasons. He was credited with being in on 58 tackles this past season and averaged 8.3 tackles per game for the Riders.

He will be trading in his No. 6 purple and gold Rougrider jersey to play for the Brownwood-based Yellow Jackets.

Coach and CHS mathematics teacher Alex Munoz said he has been able to work with Jackson both as a coach and as a teacher at Center High School.

“Chris is a good kid and a good example and role model for today's youth,” Munoz said. “He's a great kid in the classroom. I had the opportunity to teach him in Algebra II and he was a top notch kid in the classroom.”

Munoz said Jackson played varsity Rider football for two years, varsity basketball for two years and was on the varsity track team for four years.

“I'm proud of him for being able to expand his career and hopefully see him do many great things in the future,” Munoz said.

New Center ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach said while he did not have the pleasure of coaching Jackson, he is proud to see the Center senior take a giant step forward in advancing both his football career and his education.

At Howard Payne “he's going to be playing in one of the toughest conferences in the country,” Ponder said. He credited Roughrider Coach Cody Ross with helping Jackson get connected with officials at Howard Payne University.

“We appreciate him doing that,” Ponder said.

The signing ceremony took place in the Center High School Library with fellow teammates, family and students on hand to congratulate Jackson.

Among those on hand was his mother, Omeisha Williams, who said she was proud of the effort Jackson put in both from an academic and athletic standpoint to be in a position to take advantage of the Howard Payne University scholarship opportunity.

“I'm just very excited for him to be able to have this experience,” she said.

Howard Payne kicks off the 2019 season on Saturday, Sept. 7 on the road for a non-conference game against Austin College.

Howard Payne will open American Southwest Conference play on September 14 at McMurry University in Abilene, before the Yellow Jackets home opener on Sept. 21versus Hardin-Simmons University, said Jackets Head Coach Braxton Harris in a prepared statement.
The Jackets will be at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on Sept. 28, and then have their second home game on Oct. 5 versus Louisiana College.
After a bye week on Oct. 12, the Jackets will take on Texas Lutheran University on Oct. 19 at home. One of the nearest games to Shelby County for the HPU team will be on Oct. 26 when the Jackets travel to Marshall to take on East Texas Baptist University.

For a photo gallery of Wednesday's college letter signing ceremony, please click here:

Photo gallery of Chris Jackson's college signing ceremony

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