Signing Day at Woodlawn (Shreveport)!
by Jace LeJeune
What a day for Louisiana High School football as some of the best football players sign their letter of intent to the college of their choice. There are so many talented players in the entire state of Louisiana, and it is great that they are recognized for not only what they do on the football field, but in the classroom as well. Today, Louisiana Football Magazine covered National Signing Day for four different schools. The second school that we covered today is Woodlawn (Shreveport). Back in their hayday, Woodlawn (Shreveport) was a football powerhouse in the state of Louisiana and produced plenty of great players such as Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw, Joe Ferguson (former Arkansas and NFL quarterback), Robert Pennywell (former Grambling State and Atlanta Falcons linebacker), and many others who would go on to have great careers. Today, Coach Jerwin Wilson has rebuilt the historic Woodlawn (Shreveport) football program back to what it once was. This season, the Knights had a big time season winning ten games, a district championship, and making to the second round of the playoffs where they would go on to lose to Plaquemine High School. What is even more impressive is that this senior group started their careers for Woodlawn trying to win enough games just to get into the playoffs. Now, as seniors, they ended their football careers as District Champions and making Woodlawn a big time program once again. Earlier today at Woodlawn High School, four great players signed their letter of intent to the school of their choice. They are OL/DL Montrell Burnham, OL/DL Vontrell Burnham, CB Corey Bell, and QB Joshua Mosley. We caught up with Woodlawn Head Coach Jerwin Wilson as he talked about the seniors’ impact while at Woodlawn and what they mean to the program. Below are the following players and the college that they signed with:
OL/DL Montrell Burnham (6’0, 270)
- Signed with Waylon Baptist in Plainview, Texas
- One of the twin brothers in the football family, Montrell Burnham played all four years while at Woodlawn High School. No matter the school you play for, to play for an entire high school career is quite an accomplishment. He was the leader for this team this season, and was the key reason for the big time season for the Knights this season. Montrell was named 1st team All-District and was a big time force on the offensive line. He will be hard to replace for the Knights next season.
- Coach Wilson: “Montrell Burnham was one of our veterans as he played all four years for us. He is a great leader and was our main leader this year. Not only is he a really good player, but he is a good student as well.”
OL/DL Vontrell Burnham (6’1, 275)
- Signed with Waylon Baptist in Plainview, Texas
- The other brother in the Burnham family, Vontrell may arguably be the best offensive lineman on the team according to his head coach. Both guys are great leaders and great players to have on a team. Now, Waylon Baptist gets the privilege to have both twins in their football program.
- Coach Wilson: “Vontrell Burnham was the other main captain for us this year. He could be the best offensive lineman on the team this year. He will be successful with whatever he does in life whether it will be on the football field or off it.”
CB Corey Bell (6’0, 170)
- Signed with Arkansas Pine-Bluff
- Corey Bell is a really good athlete at cornerback. This season, he was named 1st Team All-District and Honorable Mention for the 4A All-State team. Not only is he signing with Golden Lions to play football, but he is also planning to run track as well. For Wilson, Bell is another great defensive back to come through the program.
- Coach Wilson: “Corey Bell is a great defensive back and am glad that he was able to go through the program. He also plans to run track as well while at Arkansas Pine-Bluff. I believe Corey has a future at the next level.”
QB Joshua Mosley (6’2, 190)
- Signed with Garden City Community College
- The Mosley combination worked pretty well for the Knights this year with senior QB Josh Mosley and junior RB Trivensky Mosley leading a very explosive offense that has scored at least 24 points in every game this season. Joshua Mosley has only played one year for the Knights but what a year it was. The first year starting quarterback led the Knights to a 10-2 season and a district championship. He also was named 1st team All-District and 4A All-State Honorable Mention.
- Coach Wilson: “Joshua Mosley played for us for one year because he was a transfer student. It means the world for what he accomplished in his only year with us. To lead us to a district championship and a playoff win has given him an opportunity to play for Garden City Community College, which was a team that played in the Junior College National Championship.”