By Jeffery Armstrong
Jonesboro High basketball player Brent Ragsdale might not have known it, but when he signed his letter of intent to play college basketball Wednesday at the school, he actually made a little history.
"Brent is the first scholarship signee myself and coach [Dan] Maehlman have had for basketball," said Jonesboro head basketball coach Mack Cain. "We've had kids sign in other sports like football and volleyball, but not in basketball. This is a tremendous honor."
Ragsdale will be headed to the Midwest, signing a basketball scholarship to Lincoln Trail Community College in Robinson, Ill. Ragsdale was happy with his choice n he said Lincoln Trail's basketball team is among the top juco teams in the country.
"I'd like to thank my family, friends and my coaches for helping me get this scholarship," Ragsdale said in front of family members, teammates and school administrators.
"This is an opportunity for me to better myself and get a good education."
Ragsdale's family was very happy to see him sign a college scholarship.
"I'm excited n this is a milestone moment for me to see my son and my daughter go off to college this fall," said Ragsdale's mother Laurie Hope.
"I believe Brent will do well at Lincoln Trail."
Ragsdale's twin sister Brittney, who's seven minutes older than her brother, said she's very happy for Brent and wishes him the best. Brittney, captain of the Jonesboro band's Color Guard, will be attending Georgia Southern in the fall.
"I'm very proud of my brother n I believe he's the first in the family to sign an athletic scholarship," she said.
"I'm really happy for Brent. I'm really going to miss him and I plan to try and see him play whenever I can."
Ragsdale's grandmother Jimmie Andrews praised her grandson for being a good person and for getting his scholarship to a pretty good junior college.
"I'm very proud of Brent for getting through school without doing drugs or any mess like that," she said.
"He sets a good example for others and he will have an opportunity to have a good life."
Cain said that he's excited for Ragsdale and his future, especially if he hits the books hard. Cain said that Lincoln Trail has been known to send its hard-working players on the court and in the classroom to Division I schools such as Ball State, Illinois, Indiana and Butler.
"Brent has the ability to get better as a player and as an individual," said Cain.
"In two years, if he does what he's supposed to do, we'll see him on the Division I level."