Better late than never for these notable signees

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By Robert Howey

National Signing Day, the day when high school football players can sign with the school of their choice, was over two months ago – Feb. 1.
I know it’s been some time since those ace recruits inked, but as they say, there’s football season, football recruiting and then spring football.
Well, we’re in spring football, so here’s a little football recruiting news. This might be a tad old, but then you might have missed it, too.
First up is Andre Foulks, who Lancaster Bruins’ fans are quite familiar with in seasons past. Remember he was an ace in the LHS defensive line before transferring to York High School for his senior season.
Foulks, as a LHS junior, earned the Bruins’ Best Defensive Lineman Award and racked up 80 tackles, eight sacks, four caused fumbles and an interception for a TD.
In his senior season with the Cougars, Foulks continued his solid play. York’s defensive player of the year, Foulks was the team’s player of the week five times. He was named all-county and all-region.
Foulks finished the 2011 season with 161 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and eight forced fumbles. As they say in football circles, he was in the opponents’ backfield enough to earn a letter at their school.
His solid play earned him a scholarship to Wingate University. Foulks will see a familiar face at Wingate in former Bruins’ football standout Robert Fletcher, a senior defensive back for the Bulldogs. Wingate also has another local link in coach Mike Pope, the former Lancaster High assistant and Indian Land High head coach, who is director of high school relations and works with the offensive line.
Fletcher’s brother is Darius Robinson, the former Bruins’ star defensive player who is now at J.C. Smith University in Charlotte.
On a personal note, I have a nephew, James Howey, who is set to play at the next level.
James, named for my late father, is my brother David Howey’s son. David attended school here before moving on to Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va., where he graduated from high school in 1979. He pursued a career in the Army following his graduation at USC. His military career landed him at Fort Leavenworth and his son James played football at Lansing High School.
In true Howey tradition, he played in the offensive line and his solid play this season earned him All-Kaw Valley second-team honors and a chance to play college football at Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas.
Highland, known as Kansas first college because it was, is nicknamed the Scotties.
Besides our surname, we share some similarities.
James’ high school number is 53, the same number I wore in my senior campaign at LHS in 1972.
He also likes to write sports, and is a sports writer for the Leavenworth Times.
Judging by some of his work, if football doesn’t pan out, he’s has something to fall back on, but I’m happy he, like Andre, has a chance to play at the next level because he worked hard to get there.

Contact sports editor Robert Howey at 283-1157