Most college sports fans will tell you there are three parts to the season—what happens on the field, what happens in the offseason practices, and what happens on National Signing Day.
The signing day ritual has practically turned into an unofficial holiday for fans across the country, especially in football, as they wait to see who will don uniforms for their favorite team or alma mater, and it all starts again today.
College football tends to steal the thunder on National Signing Day with hours of media coverage set to air on radio and television, but it is also a time for athletes in other sports to finally put an end to the late-night phone calls from recruiters.
Northgate linebacker, James Skalski, has been one of the county’s most visible college recruits over the last couple of years, but it all comes to an end today when he signs with Clemson.
Skalski was named the Newnan Times-Herald MVP after helping the Vikings to a 12-2 record and a trip to the Class AAAAA Final Four last season.
The Vikings linebacker, who also earned all-state honors, has been verbally committed to Clemson since the end of his junior season.
Skalski’s Northgate teammates, Chris Age, Zach Lyle, and Matt Lewis will announce their college decisions this afternoon.
The Vikings’ Drew Latham and Kyle Feldbauer are also weighing options and could sign scholarship offers today.
Newnan’s Emanuel Bridges will sign his letter of intent with Georgia Tech. The former Cougars’ linebacker enrolled in college in January after completing his high school requirements early and is not expected to attend the ceremony at Newnan. Bridges helped lead Newnan to a 9-3 record and second-round trip to the playoffs.
Newnan’s Chancellor Johnson, who quarterbacked the football team and pitches on the baseball team, has an offer to play both baseball and football at Albany State and could sign today.
DeShon Rosser also has an offer to play football at Albany State, but could entertain other options.
DeMarcus Tinsley is expected to sign with North Carolina A&T in Greensboro.
As many as seven East Coweta soccer players are expected to sign scholarships this afternoon.
Among the Lady Indians getting the chance to play at the next level are Kelsey Weaver, who will sign with Furman; Morgan Haase, who will play at Valdosta State; Danielle Lewis, who will play at Armstrong State; Ashton Rohrschneider, who will play at Shorter; and Sabrina Wright, who will play at Gordon College.
East Coweta boys soccer player Jordan Madison will play at Oglethorpe University.