NLI Day: Highland's Sparks and Smith sign with Central Methodist

Central Methodist head football coach Jody Ford seems to have it figured out when it comes to the Clarence Cannon Conference. Not long after landing Kyle Kovar from Clark County, Ford was in Ewing today to sign two more of the conference's best playmakers, Highland's Derick Smith and Chris Sparks.

"Coach Ford is a great coach - he's had some success in the NAIA level in the past. He's got me playing at strong safety, which is what I wanted to do and what I'm excited for at the next level,"

"He told us that they didn't have a very good season last year, but things will be changed this year and turned around. I figured if he thinks it can happen, then it will happen. I think we can have a lot of success this year,"

"With Chris and Derick stepping in, they have a chance to make the bus on day 1, travel with us and play a lot with us on special teams, in our nickel and dime packages, and in many of our DB sets that we put out on the field. They're really smart kids, I think they do a nice job of understanding schemes, and putting not only themselves in the right places but their teammates in the right places too,"