One of the most heralded defensive football players in Booneville’s history, Noah Reyes signed a letter of intent to play college football for Arkansas Tech University Wednesday.

Flanked by his mother, sister and Doc and Emily Crowley,and head coach Scott Hyatt looking on, the signing ceremony was held in the school’s auditorium in front of the student body.

The fourth member of the Booneville High School Class of 2019 to sign a letter of intent, Reyes was All Conference, All State and was selected to play in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All Star game after the Bearcats completed a 15-0 state title season.

Reyes was named to the Times Record’s All Area Preps football team, was named the Arkansas Democrat Gazette Division II defensive player of the year and was named to the USA Today’s All Arkansas team. Additionally, Reyes was the Hooten’s Farm Bureau Class 3A defensive player of the year.

During the 2018 season Reyes had 71 total tackles, leading the team with five quarterback sacks and 28 tackles for a loss. He also forced four fumbles, recovered one and was responsible for a safety.

For his career Reyes had 199 tackles with 12.5 sacks and 56.5 for a loss.

In a statement read by athletic director Ricky May, Reyes thanked all of his coaches but made special mention of line coach Jacob Hattabaugh for the many miles traveled to combines, camps and making contact with coaches across the country on Reyes’ behalf.

One of those camps was at Tech, where Reyes landed his first offer, which, he said, played a part in his decision.

“It felt like home,” Reyes said. “A big reason I wanted to go there was they had a lot of interest in me from the beginning.”

However, Tech, who plays in the Great American Conference, fired head coach Raymond Monica after a 3-8 season this year and has replaced him with Bo Atterberry.

“The D-line coach (Kurt Corbin) stayed, so they were still interested,” Reyes said.

Reyes picked Tech over GAC foe Ouachita Baptist, Southwest Baptist, and Fort Scott Junior College.