One of the most decorated athletes in Plain Dealing history is now an Aggie.
Senior Keldrick Carper, the reigning Times Male Athlete of the Year, inked football scholarship papers with Texas A&M Monday in a ceremony at the school.
“I signed and I’ll be leaving soon,” Carper told The Times. “I’ll be starting school there Jan. 13 and I plan on majoring in Pre-Law with expectations of becoming an attorney.”
Words like “dynamic” and “versatile” are often applied to athletes like Carper, who was also a standout on track for the Lions during his 3 ½ years at the school northern Bossier Parish.
“Keldrick embodies everything you desire from an athlete within your program,” Plain Dealing coach James Thurman said. “He is a selfless contributor who would do whatever is asked of him to help his team succeed. Texas A&M is not only receiving a fantastic football player, they are without question gaining an outstanding young man.”
Carper caught 52 passes for 863 yards while rushing for 384 yards on 72 carries with 15 total touchdowns. Defensively, he had 95 tackles and 4 interceptions. He averaged 16.4 yards per reception and 5.3 yards per carry.
“I’m solid with A&M. I’m sold on the entire school,” he said.
Carper said a couple of schools came in on him late and tried to turn his head from College Station. He didn’t waver and is looking forward to heading southwest with some reservations.
“It’ll be a tough transition, I’m sure, not being at home and with those I’m most familiar with,” he said. “But choosing Texas A&M was the best decision for me.”
The senior wide receiver had narrowed his choices to Arkansas, Miami, Notre Dame and the Aggies before committing to A&M on Twitter in June.
The 6-foot-3, 184-pound speedster scored 22 of Plain Dealing’s 25 touchdowns in 2015 and caught 66 passes for 947 yards. He rushed 112 times for 716 yards. The 4.0 student has been selected to The Times All-City teams in football, basketball and track in the past.
He is listed as a four-star recruit by Rivals and 247sports.
Josh Mosley, Zi’Kerrion Baker top District 1-4A awards
Woodlawn quarterback Josh Mosley was named the top offensive player and Minden linebacker Zi’Kerrion Baker was named the defensive MVP on the District 1-4A All-District team released Monday.
Mosely led the Knights to the district title by completing 177 passes for 1,289 yards with 18 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He rushed for another 860 yards and five touchdowns, averaging nearly 6 yards per carry for coach Jerwin Wilson.
Baker was the mainstay of one of the best defenses in the area, compiling 101 tackles with 9 sacks for a minus 52 yards for coach Spencer Heard.
Also making the first team on offense were Trivenskey Mosley, Larry Moton Jr. and Montrell Burnham (Woodlawn), Delmonte Hall and Dustin Hien (North DeSoto), Patrick Heard, Kelcey Miller, Tavarius Edwards, Darien Mitchell and Antonio Rivette (Minden), John Westmoreland, Doyle Adams Jr., Colton Sessions and Brooks Cram (Benton) and Lecedric Smith and Peyton Bogan (Northwood) and Mario Flores (Bossier).
Defensive first team members included TJ Anderson and Jordan Myles (Benton), Dontae Cawthorn (Fair Park), Cameron Morgan, Leonardo McCarter and Ventavious Williams (Minden), Vickers Haynes, Ardarryun Chism, Corey Bell, Latravious Lewis, Joshua Dykes and Larry Moton Jr. (Woodlawn), Hunter Bates and Deon Thomas (North DeSoto), Egbert Phillips (Northwood) and Keimun Daniels (Bossier).