NEWS Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
February 4, 2015 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909)595-1261 ext. 31204
Brahma Football Star Joins National Signing Day
DIAMOND BAR, CA--Diamond Bar High School standout football player Antonio “Noodles” Hull officially committed to the University of Wyoming during National Signing Day on February 4.
Hull signed a coveted 4-year full ride scholarship to play Division I football.
Family members, staff, and students from the Pathways Communication Academy cheered for Hull during the signing ceremony held in the theatre.
“I want to thank God, my family, my coaches, and Diamond Bar High for their support. I won’t let you down!” the 17-year-old said on stage.
Hull was lauded for the accomplishment during the celebration.
“This is huge! There are over a million high school football players and less than 2% receive full-ride Division I scholarships. You truly have to be gifted and blessed - and you definitely earned it,” commented Head Football Coach Marcus Hughes.
As a junior Hull was declared ineligible to play by a CIF ruling. Players traditionally gain attention from college scouts during their junior year.
“This road has not been easy for Antonio. He’s proven to all of us that he can step up and meet any challenge whether it’s on the field or in the classroom. And that makes today even more special,” Principal Catherine Real said. “We’re so incredibly proud of you!”
Hull came back with a strong senior season along with the interest of several colleges.
He finished up with 1,278 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. He was successful returning kicks and 38 tackles on defense.
Next year he will play defensive back and return kicks for the Cowboys.
“He did it! When others stepped away, he stepped up!” praised Assistant Principal John Terry.
“Antonio, watching you play on that field is amazing. You’re an amazing athlete. But even more you’re an amazing young man.”
“It’s extremely rare for a player to miss his whole junior. He came out his senior year and played hard and was a great teammate and leader on the field,” Hughes added.
A year ago, Hull made a commitment to match his academic performance with his athletic performance.
“Antonio is a true testament to what you can be if you set your heart and mind to accepting nothing less from yourself than your personal best,” said Pathways Director Julie Salas.
“I think Wyoming liked who I am in the classroom and on the field,” Hull proudly said.
“This is one of the most talented football players I’ve ever seen on a high school team, And I have no doubt when you get to Wyoming you’re going to be putting on quite a show up there,” Athletic Director Kevin Ferguson stated.
“And make sure you bring that winter coat – you’re going to need it!” he added.
Diamond Bar High School football player Antonio Hull signed a national letter of intent to play at University of Wyoming. Shown with Pathways Director Julie Salas, Principal Catherine Real, Coach Marcus Hughes, and Assistant Principal John Terry.