CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Wednesday marked a big day across the Buckeye State and the nation for our student athletes moving onto to the college arena.
It’s National Signing Day where high school students make their formal commitment to play at different universities and colleges.
2 NEWS was there as some Centerville Elks signed on the dotted line making it official.
More than 25 students will be playing football, lacrosse, basketball and several other sports on the college level.
To get to this point, the students we spoke with say it took a lot practice and dedication to their beloved sport.
For most, that commitment won’t stop when high school ends. Many of the athletes are already preparing for training as soon as a month after graduation.
They tell 2 NEWS there’s a lot behind this very special moment, and for some committing to these colleges is about more than just playing sports.
“It’s going to be tough because you have the naval academy. You’ve got academics, military and football so you’ve got a three-headed monster,” Naval Academy recruit Jacob Harrison described. “I’m good at managing my time. It should be okay. It’s going to be a different experience and one that’s going to shape my life.”
Fellow football player Adam Hensley recounted how he and his family first learned his good news.
“When I first told my dad about West Virginia (University) offer – because West Virginia was the first to offer me- and I told him to pick me up for school and I told him and he just started crying and balling and he was really happy,” he described.
Another NFL hopeful, Spencer Crisp signed Wednesday and says he credits everyone him for this success.
“I’m not suppose to be where I am right now, but God’s path was greater than any other path and from everyone in my community and around me God put them to help me get there honestly,” Crisp said.
District officials tell 2 NEWS they couldn’t be prouder of these students achievement both on and off the field.