Region 8 HS athletes sign to play college sports (2020-2021)

Region 8 HS athletes sign to play college sports (2020-2021)
(Source: KAIT)

Some of the best standouts in Region 8 high school sports are heading to the next level.

We’ll update this page over the coming days and months with athletes that have signed to play college sports.

If we missed any signings or would like to tell us about a upcoming ceremony, feel free to email Sports Director Chris Hudgison (


Jaylan West (Rivercrest) - Southeast Missouri

Marco Avant (Jonesboro) - Arkansas (raw interview here)

Terry Wells (Wynne) - Arkansas (raw interview here)

Justin Livingston (Nettleton) - Harding

Darius Brown (Salem) - Harding

Ty Dugger (Harding Academy) - Harding

Adam Fager (Harding Academy) - Harding

Jaylen Shepard (West Memphis) - Arkansas Tech

Bentley Hart (Brookland) - Missouri S&T

Gage Hershberger (Mountain Home) - Missouri S&T

River Engle (Westside) - Lyon

Zayne Alls (Hoxie) - Lyon

Milton Lewis (Trumann) - Northeastern State

DJ Johnson (Marion) - William Penn

Markel Wynn (Marion) - Lincoln University

Dekari Clark (Blytheville) - Arkansas Baptist

Braelyn Moore (Jonesboro) - Arkansas Baptist

Tajiri Ellis (Marion) - Graceland University


Dawson Chester (Pocahontas) - Arkansas State (raw interview here)

Sawyer Bentley (Jonesboro) - Arkansas State (raw interview here)

Cross Jumper (Jonesboro) - Tennessee (raw interview here)

Nate Crider (Greene County Tech) - Connors State

Chris Reynolds (Newport) - Williams Baptist

Mari Thomas (Walnut Ridge) - Crowder College

Caleb Suiter (Buffalo Island Central) - Benedictine College


Isabella Higginbottom (Batesville) - Missouri

Israel Malone (Nettleton) - Eastern Oklahoma State

Wakiryah Daniels (Nettleton) - Labette Community College

Makayla Ward (Corning) - Crowley’s Ridge College

Ariel Martin (Corning) - Crowley’s Ridge College

Jayden Wiedeman (Corning) - Williams Baptist

Shmyira Brown (Forrest City) - Crowley’s Ridge College

Erin Davis (Westside) - Crowley’s Ridge College

Lamont Jackson (Blytheville) - Three Rivers

Jesse Kinard (Buffalo Island Central) - Covenant College

Lakiya Scott (Jonesboro) - Labette Community College

Kate Gilbert (Mountain Home) - Drury

Bailey Augustine (Walnut Ridge) - Union


Emilee Engles (Izard County) - Lyon

Helena Garcia (Brookland) - Three Rivers

Abby Pittman (Valley View) - National Park College

Anna Mason (Riverside) - Southwest Tennessee CC


Ashton Hamrick (Brookland) - Lyon

Hannah Pickering (Westside) - Lyon

Jadyn Hesse (Harrisburg) - Crowley’s Ridge College

Laney Blankenship (Paragould) - Lyon



Madison Holmes (Paragould) - UCA


Kade Carter (Westside) - Williams Baptist

Cross Country/Track

Mary Beth Bailey (Jonesboro) - Arkansas Tech (raw interview here)

Jessica Smith (Brookland) - Williams Baptist


Hannah Gray (Greene County Tech) - Williams Baptist

Samantha Jones (Greene County Tech) - Lyon

Luke Powell (Valley View) - Lyon



Tyson Cox (Nettleton) - Arkansas State

Caraja Kelly (Nettleton) - Arkansas State

Lynda Roberts (Westside) - Crowley’s Ridge

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