MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. -- Mount Carmel senior Blake Kight signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career at Missouri Baptist University in the fall.
Kight began the afternoon by thanking everyone in attendance, particularly his family, friends and coaches. Shortly after Kight inked his NLI to continue his career as a Spartan.
On the field, the 5-foot-11 Kight was a multi-year starter for the Aces. He recorded 79 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries for the Aces in his senior campaign. Kight suffered an elbow injury toward the end of the season that had him limited with a pretty sizable cast, but to his credit, he toughed it out.
His tough-nosed, relentless pursuit, and bruising power style of play at linebacker make you believe he has the potential to be successful at the next level.
Missouri Baptist concluded their fifth season as a football program in 2018. They finished the season with a 4-7 record and have steadily improved from each previous season, exhibiting tremendous promise as a rising program.
"They're building it up, they're bringing in a lot of guys," Kight spoke of Missouri Baptist. "They had a D-I transfer this week and a few JUCO transfers so they're building it up and it's going to have a really good future."
The Trojans inked 24 signees on National Signing Day, including Kight. He chosed Missouri Baptist over seven other offers he had, including McKendree University, St. Francis, a walk-on opportunity at SIU, among others.
Kight said how family oriented the program in Creve Coeur, Mo. was stood out to him from the others.
"Like everybody there, they're really close," Kight said. "Everyone just pushes each other in the classroom and on the field and it's just what's best for me."
After graduation, Kight will make the two and a half hour trip to MBU as he furthers his athletic and academic career as a Spartan. He'll carry many memories of being an Ace with him and appreciates all of the support he's received along the way.
"Definitely. Mount Carmel's done a lot for me," Kight said. "I love the team, I love the town, the community's just amazing."