Jaxon Starling became the fifteenth member of the Charles Page High School Class of 2016 to sign a collegiate letter of intent.
The former Sandite linebacker will play defensive end for the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm.
Starling was fourth among his team in overall tackles this past season, but led the team in tackles for loss. He racked up 55 total tackles with 23 for loss of 136 yards. 9 of those were sacks totaling a team-high 83 yards. He also forced a fumble in the playoff win over Booker T Washington.
Starling is the fifth member of the football team to commit to collegiate team. Jacob Taber will be playing for Fort Hayes State University. Cole Dixon is signed with Northeastern State University. Parker Taylor and Lane Lettich are both headed to Southwestern College.
SNU is a NCAA Division II team that competes in the Great American Conference. Last season the Crimson Storm won only one game in a 33-32 overtime thriller against Oklahoma Baptist University, but the school has high hopes for the 2016 season after hiring Andy Lambert as the new Head Coach.
The SNU program is young. This upcoming season will be only the seventeenth year of SNU football, and Lambert is only the fourth head coach to take the reigns. He previously spent twelve years at Sterling College in Kansas and amassed a 72-52 record. He was thrice named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Previously he was at Trinity International University. Both previous programs were last in their conference the year before Lambert arrived.
Starling will be the first Sandite to play for the Crimson Storm since Shave Devers played Wide Receiver in 2011.