Qwoy Blunt and Shane Johnson were stars at Shoemaker in their respective sports this season. Now it’s time to take their skills to the next level.
Blunt and Johnson made their college commitments official this week and will participate in a college signing ceremony at 3:20 p.m. at the school’s gymnasium.
Blunt, a wide receiver, will sign to play for Southwestern Oklahoma State University, while Johnson, a guard on the basketball team, will play for Western Texas College.
“I’m very excited,” Blunt said. “I knew this was going to come, but I didn’t know when. I’m just ready for the moment.”
“I’m blessed to play again,” Johnson said. “I always appreciate the opportunity. Not a lot of kids get that chance so I’m always going to be grateful to play again.”
Blunt helped the Grey Wolves make history last season with a 7-4 record and a third-place finish in District 8-5A, and was a part of Shoemaker’s second playoff team since the school opened in 2000.
He was one of the district’s top receivers, with 44 catches for 659 yards and six touchdowns, and had two catches for 50 yards in Shoemaker’s first-round playoff loss to Mansfield Timberview.
Blunt said he chose SWOSU after developing a relationship with the coaching staff during a visit three weeks ago. He also considered attending Sam Houston State, East Texas Baptist and Oklahoma Panhandle State.
“I knew that it was the place for me,” Blunt said. “They told me exactly what I wanted to hear about playing time, and my parents loved it also.”
SWOSU is an NCAA Division II school that plays in the Great American Conference.
The Bulldogs finished fifth in conference in 2013 and had an overall record of 6-5.
Johnson was recently named to the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game after helping the Grey Wolves basketball team finish second in district.
The Grey Wolves were supposed to be rebuilding under first-year head coach Emund Prichett, but instead excelled thanks to Johnson’s 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game.
Shoemaker nearly upset No. 5 South Grand Prairie in the first round of the playoffs and Johnson was named to both the District 8-5A and Killeen Daily Herald Boys All-Area first teams.
Johnson said despite the high school accolades, he now looks forward to proving himself at the collegiate level.
“There’s plenty I’ve got to prove,” Johnson said.
“I haven’t shown everybody what I’m capable of and I’m trying to get to that level.”
WTC is located in Snyder and competes in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.