SETX Signing Day: Arceneaux's UH pledge highlights signing day in SETX

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When David Green took over as Beaumont United boys basketball coach in 2018, he kept hearing the same name around town.

“Everyone was telling me, you need to go to see this Terrance Arceneaux kid, because he could really change your program,” Green recalled.

Green made his way over to Martin Luther King Middle School, where he got his first-glimpse of Arceneaux, who was only in eighth grade at the time. Four years and a state title later, Arceneaux has surpassed any possible expectations, becoming one of the top recruits in Texas and taking the Timberwolves to new heights as a team.

On Wednesday, the 6-foot-7 United star forward made his college choice official, signing to play next season at the University of Houston. In front of a crowd full of friends and family, Arceneaux put pen to paper on his National Letter of Intent, joining a Cougars program fresh off a run to the NCAA Final Four in 2020.

“They’re a winning school right now. They’re hot,” Arceneaux said of his decision to sign with Houston. “They’re signing other pieces to help me and help the team win, so that’s exciting to see.”

Arceneaux had offers from some of the best college basketball programs in the country, including defending national champion Baylor. Other in-state schools like Texas and Texas A&M offered too, but Arceneaux stuck with the Cougars after verbally committing in September.

He said Houston initially showed interested early in the coronavirus pandemic, making the recruiting process a little bit tougher. However, when the recruiting period reopened, Arceneaux’s feelings toward Houston were reaffirmed.

“Things just picked up over time and we became a family,” Arceneaux said. “That’s when I knew.”

Entering his senior year, Arceneaux is already the most accomplished basketball player in United’s brief history. He hit a game-winning 3-pointer in overtime during the Class 5A state championship game against Dallas Kimball. It made him a household name in Beaumont sports history, and Arceneaux doesn’t mind the attention.

He wore the state championship ring and gold medal on Wednesday during the signing ceremony.

“I only take it off when I’m on the court,” he said of the championship memorabilia.

With his college decision now made, Arceneaux feels free to focus on getting back to that title game once again. The undefeated Timberwolves return their “big three” of Arceneaux, Wesley Yates and Trealyn Porchia, all of whom have Division I scholarship offers.

“I love the challenge,” Arceneaux said of a potential target on the Timberwolves’ back. “We work every day for it as a team, so we’re ready.”

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Southeast Texas athletes signing NLI's:

Terrance Arceneaux: Basketball, University of Houston

Bailey Edwards: Softball, NC State

Sydnie Cline: Softball, Blinn College

Madyson Henley: Softball, Blinn College

Abigail Flores: Softball, Baylor University

Grace Thompson: Softball, Ole Miss

Kanon Sundgren: Baseball, Weatherford College

Arceneaux’s ceremony highlighted a day full of signings in Southeast Texas. Here’s who else made their college decisions on Wednesday:

Bruins slugger off to Ole Miss

A power hitter in the middle of West Brook’s softball lineup signed with an SEC school. Grace Thompson, an infielder with plenty of pop in the bat, chose on Wednesday to play college ball at Ole Miss next season.

Thompson is quick with the glove, but thinks her power will translate well to the college level. The combination lured Ole Miss into the recruiting battle for Thompson, who said the Rebels were a top choice from the start.

“I want to hit doubles, triples and home runs,” Thompson said. “I’m not here to put the ball in play. I hit hard.”

Flores, Edwards share special signings

Before Bailey Edwards held her own signing ceremony at Lumberton on Wednesday, she showed up to Beaumont United in the morning to support Abigail Flores during hers.

Flores, who has starred on the Beaumont United softball team since the school was formed, became the program’s first college signee on Wednesday. She’ll play catcher at Baylor University, and Edwards was sitting in the front row to see it happen.

Making school history at United is nothing new for Flores. She holds the school’s home run record, while also serving as the Timberwolves’ primary pitcher.

“We’ve signed plenty of football players and plenty of basketball players, but to be able to have softball join in, I think that’s an awesome accomplishment,” United head softball coach Caleb Ceasar said.

Flores was also a national champion with her select softball team, the Texas Bombers. She and Edwards became close spending long hours travelling the country playing in tournaments together.

Edwards signed with her college choice, North Carolina State, later in the afternoon. She’s a senior shortstop at Lumberton who plans to play outfield in college. Flores made sure she was there, switching out her Baylor shirt for some NC State gear to support her friend.

“We’ve dreamt about this day since 12U, and I couldn’t imagine a better person to accomplish this dream with,” Edwards said.

Two other Lumberton softball player signed alongside Edwards during the ceremony at Lumberton. Sydnie Cline and Madyson Henley will both attend Blinn College.

Matt Faye is a Sports Reporter and Columnist for the Beaumont Enterprise. Contact him at or on Twitter . 

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