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Wayne celebrates football signings

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 04:17 PM

WAYNE — Wayne High School formally celebrated the college football signings of Dwight Blankenship and James Egnor during a Tuesday ceremony.

The senior members of Wayne’s undefeated Class AA state championship squad in 2012 officially signed last week with West Virginia schools.

Blankenhip, a three-year letterman who played tight end and defensive tackle for the Pioneers, signed with West Virginia State University.

He made 45 tackles in 2012, including 20 for losses, while also catching four passes for 48 yards.

"They have a new coaching staff and I like his idea for the future," Blankenship said. "I feel a lot of pride being from West Virginia and knowing I'll be able to play the rest of my football in this state."

Blankenship plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Egnor signed with Glenville State, which is also an NCAA Division II member of the new Mountain East Conference.

His 2012 statistics as a strong safety included 30 tackles, four interceptions and a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown against Sissonville. He was a three-year starter in the Wayne secondary.

He also rushed for 534 yards and seven touchdowns as a fullback.

“I feel good about being able to sign to play at an in-state school with the history that their program has," Egnor said. "I chose Glenville because they were an in-state school that really appealed to me and offered all the courses I want to study in."

Egnor also plans to major in Criminal Justice.