Arlington ISD's new centralized ceremony a hit

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kolby Listenbee is already attending classes at TCU, but the former Arlington Bowie quarterback didn’t want to miss Wednesday's Signing Day ceremony.

For the first time, the event was under one roof at the Arlington ISD’s Professional Development Center for all six of the district’s high schools, and Listenbee was there to walk across the stage, shake the hands of dignitaries and have his picture made with Bowie coach Kenny Perry.

Listenbee (6-foot, 177), who led Bowie to the third round of the playoffs, is listed as a wide receiver with the Frogs but still hopes to get a shot at quarterback. He committed long before TCU joined the Big 12.

“The conference change is pretty cool because TCU will got a lot more exposure playing all the Texas schools,’’ said Listenbee, one of five Bowie D-1 recruits.

Perry said the district’s centralized ceremony “is a great way to showcase the talent we have, and we have a lot of it in Arlington.’’

Said Bowie defensive end Jesse Rogers, who signed with North Carolina: "This way we get to see the guys that have been your competition.''