Hoxie High School senior Zayne Alls has committed to play football at Lyon College this fall.
The two-year starter at center for the Mustangs signed his letter of intent last Wednesday during a ceremony surrounded by family, teammates and coaches.
“I remember Zayne coming to all our elementary football camps when he was little,” HHS head coach Tom Sears said as he introduced Alls before he signed. “This was what he always wanted to do, so this is a special day for him.”
Alls was selected first team All-Conference and second team All-State following his senior season, during which he had a 78 percent blocking grade and recorded eight knockdowns.
“It feels awesome,” Alls said of getting to continue his football career at the collegiate level. “I’ve worked my whole career to get to this point and it just feels great to finally get it done.”
He said the best part about playing at Hoxie has been being a part of a quality program.
“Coach Sears has built this program,” Alls said. “It’s been a true honor to play for him and with all these guys. We have great coaches here. They’re good at developing players.”
That development has him feeling good about the next stage.
“I couldn’t ask for better than Coach Sears, Coach Parmer and Coach Cole,” he said. “They’ve got me ready for the next level.”
Coach Sears is quick to give the credit back to Alls.
“He’s a fantastic young man,” Coach Sears said. “He’s the perfect example of taking care of your academics, as well as your athletics, which is allowing him to go to a school like Lyon.”
Alls is the son of Anthony and Peggy Alls of Black Rock. He has an eight-year-old sister, Piper, who is in the third grade at Hoxie School.
He is the grandson of Larry and Sandy Bonner and Glendal and Carlene Floyd, all of Walnut Ridge, and Dennis Alls of Black Rock.