Three Blinn College football players signed national letters of intent today to continue their playing careers at Division I football programs.
Defensive back Ken Butler signed with Georgia Southern, linebacker Ryan Flannigan signed with the University of Kentucky and defensive lineman Kyle Holmes signed with Lamar University.
“All three are not only fine football players, but they worked equally hard in the classroom to ensure that they meet the NCAA’s strict requirements for transfer eligibility,” said defensive coordinator Thomas Rocco.
“I’m proud of what these young men accomplished in our program and look forward to watching them succeed at the next level.”
Butler, a 5-11, 200-pounder, recorded 73 tackles and forced seven fumbles in 10 games on his way to NJCAA All-America and all-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors this season. Coached by Mike Jackson at La Marque High School, Butler came to Blinn as a 2011 all-state selection.
At Georgia Southern, Butler will play under former Blinn head coach Willie Fritz, who won two NJCAA national titles with the Buccaneers, and former Blinn defensive coordinator Michael Mutz.
Flannigan, a 6-3, 230-pound sophomore, recorded 22 tackles and two interceptions in five games this season. He came to Blinn from Marshall High School, where he earned all-district and all-state honors under coach James Williams.
Holmes, a 6-3, 232-pound sophomore, recorded 36 tackles, including six sacks, in 10 games on his way to all-conference honors this season. He also forced one fumble. Holmes came to Blinn after earning all-district honors at Beaumont Central High School, where he was coached by Andrew Washington.
Blinn football is one of the most storied programs in the NJCAA, with four national championships, including the first back-to-back national titles in league history in 1995 and 1996. The Buccaneers have appeared in 12 bowl games and compiled a 285-205-11 record since 1964.
Nine former players, three coaches, three College administrators and the 1972 Buccaneer team have been inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame. Additionally, 47 former Buccaneers have played in the NFL and 90 have been named NJCAA All-Americans.
For more information on Blinn football, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
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