#NationalSigningDay: Star wide receiver Joey Felton continues career at Yale


Braden Weinel

The Felton family smiles for the cameras as Joey makes commitment to Yale.

On February 6, high school athletes all across the country celebrated National Signing Day with friends and family, signing their letters of intent. In Joey Felton’s case, he will be playing for Yale.

“When someone hears Yale, they know exactly what school that is,” said Felton. Felton is able to say he’s both a scholar and an athlete, meeting the rigorous admissions standards.

Felton helped carry the football team to win the 3A State Championship his junior year. With 950 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, he led the team in both.

In his senior season he excelled again, assisting the team to another 3A State game. Although they didn’t come out with the win, Felton played a great game and finished his high school career with 2,004 total receiving yards and 34 total touchdowns.

“He had the ability to change the game in one play. Few guys have that ability, but he’s one of them,” said Coach Rick Conner.

Conner says one of the things he’ll miss most about Felton is his game changing ability. “Joey is so fast, he competes so well. Whenever you gave him the ball, it was always the right choice.”

Although he’s signing for football, Felton also excels in lacrosse and track. Immediately following the state football game, Felton joined indoor track team for his first season. In his first race he broke the school record in the 55 meter dash. Throughout the season he has continued to break his own record: his time is 6.53 seconds.

Felton’s parent’s were heavily involved in the Yale decision. “I took a week off work, and we toured across the East Coast, visiting some of the colleges he had offers from,” said Jack Felton, Joey’s father.

The Felton family wanted to make sure Joey chose the college which best fit him. Felton had offers from 11 schools, including Harvard, Dartmouth, and Georgia. After meeting his future coaches and teammates, Felton knew Yale was the best option.

“I think everyone gets nervous to start something new, so I am nervous to start playing at a higher level, but that isn’t going to set me back,” said Felton.