Six Central Players Jump to Next Level

Published 02/07 2014 12:26AM

Updated 02/07 2014 01:12AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) This week's winter storm pushed back national signing day celebrations for local schools Wednesday, so on Thursday afternoon Central football players got together for a belated ceremony.

Six Indian athletes -- the most under head coach Jeff Wallace -- are moving up to play at the next level.

A pair of those players are sticking around MIAA territory.

Running back Derek Gray signed his letter of intent to play for the hometown Missouri Western Griffons next season. Gray rushed for 1,309 yards and 14 touchdowns during his senior season.

Kyle Fox is joining Gray's new -- and now biggest -- rival, Northwest. Fox will play defensive back for the Bearcats. He led Central with seven interceptions in 2013. Fox's brother Jared is currently a junior defensive back at Northwest.

Central is also sending two players to Division I football programs.

Jeb Drost is going to play for Kansas State University, while Tyree Mayfield is headed for Wyoming.

Drost heads to Manhattan already having a connection with head coach Bill Snyder. Drost's father Jeff played under Snyder when he was the offensive coordinator at Iowa. Drost earned all-city honors during his senior season.

Mayfield is one of three Central products to sign with Wyoming since 2008. Ghaali Muhammad played running back and linebacker for the Cowboys, and Malkaam Muhammad is currently a sophomore linebacker.

In his senior season, Mayfield led the Indians with 370 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 30 receptions.

Jacob Kaiser and Ceyonte Bell will remain teammates after their time together at Central. Both football players will play for the Quincy Hawks in Quincy, Ill.

Kaiser is one of three quarterbacks to join Quincy on national signing day. As a senior, he threw for 1,062 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 92 completions. He accounted for 46 total touchdowns in his career.

Bell will join the Hawks defensive backfield. He picked off three passes in 2013 returning one for a touchdown, and also recording 35 tackles. Offensively, Bell also caught three touchdown passes.

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