LEXINGTON, Miss. – 2018 Holmes County Central High School graduate Devlin Kirklin is beginning a new chapter in his life. The 6’1”, 190# Safety signed with New Mexico State University and will head to Las Cruces, NM for the Fall 2020 semester. He is one of 11 high school and junior-college football players who signed National Letters of Intent with NM State on Wednesday, Dec. 18th, the first day of college football’s early signing period.
Kirklin is the second HCCSD football player to sign with a Division 1 university. The first player was Damien Dickens who went to Colorado State in 2017. There is a lot of anticipation that senior Montra Edwards will also sign to play Division 1 football when he reveals his college decision during the regular signing period beginning on Feb. 5, 2020.
Devlin Kirklin graduated with honors from HCCHS with a 3.6 GPA and went to Holmes Community College where he played cornerback and majored in History. His high school teacher, Antwayn Patrick said he was an outstanding person in high school and knows New Mexico will “offer him an opportunity to explore and enjoy a completely different part of the country.”
Devlin said, “I get the chance to play for a premiere football program while earning a free education and NM State gives me an opportunity to play right away.”
Dr. James L. Henderson, Superintendent of Schools said, “Devlin Kirklin’s opportunity to study and be a New Mexico State Aggie just shows the excellence of Holmes County students and their families. Our students can, and are, and will compete with the best students in the world, both on the field and in the classroom.”
Front, left to right: Robert Kirklin, Sr., Devlin, Catherine (mother)
Back: Stephanie, Kevin, Sheila, Yasmine, Arianna