06 Feb 2020

Seven Bears Sign To Compete At The Next Level On National Signing Day

CHS Head Football Coach Gabe Fertitta, has one more accomplishment to add to his already incredible 2019 football season – seven of his Bears committed to play football at the collegiate level next year. On National Signing Day, the CHS Bears had seven players sign to play college football in the fall – Connor Finucane (OL), Army-West Point; Joseph Alexander (OL), Harvard University; Brian Hibbard (FB), Rice University; Emory Duggar (LS), Rochester City Community College; Hayden Shaheen (LB), Nicholls State University; Josh Parker (RB), McNeese State University and Braelen Morgan (Slot), Southern University.

These seven young men join the nearly 200 former Bears since 1987 to play college football. Currently, CHS alumni represent the SEC, ACC, Sun Belt, Big 12, SWAC, and Southland Conferences. In addition, two former Bears also currently play in the NFL – Cam Tom ’13 and Derrius Guice ’15, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire ’17, sure to follow next season.

In addition to the seven signees, the 2019 Bears claimed seven All-Metro players, eight All-State players and 13 Academic All-State players.

Coach Gabe Fertitta's Comments

Connor Finucane (Offensive Line) – Army West Point – I am extremely excited for Connor to join the fraternity of alumni from CHS at West Point. He will be joining current West Point Tight End and CHS alumnus Chris Cameron ‘17. Connor was the highest rated player in Army’s 2020 Signing Class, and will be a direct enrollee into the football program.

Joseph Alexander (Offensive Line) – Harvard University – Joseph chose Harvard over 20 other scholarship opportunities. The last CHS football player to play in the Ivy League, was Joe’s former position coach and Catholic High School graduate Sanders Davis ’10. Joe has been a physical presence on the offensive line for three years. His physical play along with his intellectual prowess, made him an easy selection for multiple All-State teams this year.

Brian Hibbard (Fullback) – Rice University – Brian accepted a scholarship to attend Rice University as a fullback, even though he was a four-year starter for the bears as an offensive lineman.  Brian was a two-time All-State selection and the number one rated fullback in the country this year. Rice will be getting a great player and an unbelievable student of the game.

Emory Duggar (Long Snapper) – Rochester City Community College – Emory will be attending junior college in Minnesota as a long snapper on one of the most successful junior college programs in the country. Rochester played for a national championship just a few years ago.  Attending Rochester will allow Emory to be recruited again in two years, and hopefully sign a scholarship to snap at the highest levels of college football.

Hayden Shaheen (Linebacker) – Nicholls State University – Hayden signed a scholarship to play linebacker at Nicholls State University. There, Hayden will join CHS alumnus Elijah Reames ’19, on the defensive side of the ball. The Nicholls staff is extremely excited to add another Cur Dog Defensive player to their already solid playoff team.

Josh Parker (Running Back) – McNeese State University – Josh will join the McNeese program following in the footsteps of former CHS standout Khalil Thomas ’14. The McNeese program is now led by former LSU running back coach Frank Wilson. Josh was the top priority for the new staff when they were put in place prior to signing day. Josh will be a great addition to the McNeese family and I know he will continue to make us proud long after he graduates.

Braelen Morgan (Slot) – Southern University – Braelen chose to take his talents to the SWAC Conference, and join his former teammate and CHS alumnus Tre’ Square ’17, at Southern University.  Braelen was a touchdown scoring machine for the Bears during his three year stint as a running back and receiver. His electric style of play will be a welcomed addition to the Southern program. We are extremely proud of Braelen and all he has accomplished at CHS.