By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
The first or second weeks of February has became occasions for annual celebrations at Prescott High School in recent years. With the Curley Wolves now established statewide as a perennial athletics powerhouse, especially in high school football, a number of Prescott’s senior athletes over the years have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level.
This week brought four more names to this storied Curley Wolf athletic honor roll of sorts as Kobe Gillard, Cameron Cox, Trey Rucker, and Ryan Johnson all signed national letters to play college football at the next level, according to a statement released by Valarie Cobb, Wednesday evening.
Gillard, Cox, Rucker and Johnson were all instrumental in leading Prescott to a sensational 12-2 record and a berth the Class 3A semifinals in 2018.
Gillard, an All-State lineman for Prescott, signed with Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. He was named to the All Arkansas Football Second Offense Team for 2017-18. Gillard played both defensive tackle and offensive guard for the Curley Wolves in 2018. He is 6’1″ and was listed at 325 lbs.
Rucker, also an interior lineman, signed with Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, where another Rucker from Prescott, Trevor, was well-known as an all-star baseball player.
The Prescott throwing battery of Quarterback Ryan Johnson and Wide Receiver Cameron Cox, both signed to play at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
Cox is a 6’1″ senior, weighing in at 190 lbs., and he was credited with 52 receptions and 972 yards over the course of the 2018 campaign, mostly from Johnson himself. Cox also scored seven touchdowns.
Johnson is 6’8″, weighing in at 210 lbs. with both foot speed and a tall pocket presence that allowed him to view and exploit opposing defenses.
During 2018, Johnson enjoyed a QBR rating of 132.00. He was credited with throwing for 1984 yards, completing 107 of 174 passes with 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Johnson also rushed for 10 touchdowns, gaining 870 yards, and enjoying three 100-yard games during the season, making him a true dual-threat.
Gillard and Cox are also selected to play in 64th annual Arkansas Army National Guard AHSCA All-Star Football game, which happens at the end of the current academic year, this summer at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
In 2018, three Prescott student-athletes Thomas Muldrow, Ka’ Darius Pearson and Derrick Thompson Jr. all signed National Letters of Intent to continue athletic careers in football.
Muldrow signed a preferred walk-on at the University of Arkansas to join the Razorbacks, while Pearson signed to play football at Henderson State University and Thompson Jr. signed to play football at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma.
In 2017, the Curley Wolves saw Derrick Flynn, Carlos Vanhook, Jay Marks, Ja’Mozyia Williamson, Deonte Jamison and Hunter Grimes all sign football letters following Prescott’s 2016 state championship run.
Also, in 2018, Prescott had one non-footballer, Hank Crain, also sign a national letter of intent; Crain signed to play college golf at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.