Signing Day for high school athletes is one that can determine the rest of their career in sports, if they choose to have one.

 

Story by Josh German, Lydia Kicklighter

Signing Day for high school athletes is one that can determine the rest of their career in sports, if they choose to have one.  Six seniors signed to their dream school for varying reasons.

“I chose to play soccer at Lander University because they offered me the most money and that’s the most important reason. A lot stood out to me when choosing to go there. I love the sports complex and the size of the school,” senior Emily Jermstad said.

While one student chose based on scholarships, others choose because of how they feel while on the campus, and that they feel at home there.

“[I chose Lander] because I love the soccer team, the coaches and facilities. Everything about the school made me feel at home,” senior Kelsey Guard said.

Senior TJ Shook shares the same feelings about where he will be attending next year, the University of South Carolina, to play baseball.

Other students chose where they knew they would be completely focused on their sport, because if they have sports scholarships, they need to be focused to keep them.

“I have a few friends up there [at Erskine], and it’s small.  So there’s not many distractions so I can focus on baseball,” senior Branden Deans said.

Different reasons for picking a school to play their sport at could be family.  

“I have family up in Iowa, grandparents and uncles, and being near them will help me transition into college. It [Loras College] is a smaller D3 school, but they’re ranked number 1 in the nation so I know I can go up there and compete,” senior Jonah Potts said.

Signing to an Ivy League school is quite the accomplishment for Cole Douglas. Even though he didn’t attend his father’s alma mater, he is still proud.

“We talked and he felt that the Ivy League experience superseded any family traditions that we have, and I’m happy that he is starting his own path. And I’ll support him no matter what,” Cole’s father, Jack Douglas said.

According to Cole, the sports program is not the only thing he looked at when picking a school to attend after high school. To him, academics and education is equally as important, if not more, and this is one of the main things that propelled Cole to choose Dartmouth.

“I felt like my prospects for the future would be infinitely better at an Ivy League school,” senior Cole Douglas said. “I wanted to make a name for myself while getting a top of the line education.”