When it comes to National Signing Day, we don't get too many indecisive high school athletes in North Central West Virginia, or at least I've never been to the type of signing where the athlete picks up a hat, out of a choice of four, and lets everyone in the room know via head gear which college he/she plans to attend.
National Signing Day is still a lot of fun.
There are certain times when you'll see a high school football player (just an example) super happy. They're go nuts when they beat their biggest rival or win a playoff game, but it's a different type of smile you see on his face when he inks his name to the college football program of his choice. I think one of the greatest things about athletes in our area signing letters of intent, is that they're almost always signing to stay around here and continue their football careers.
We saw a lot of athletes sign to A-B this Feb. 1. That is to be expected as the Battlers are building a team from scratch and Coach Creehan has said he wants to recruit WV kids.
Fairmont State picked up a great recruiting class including a ton of local star players like Nick Alvaro, Colton Burr, Garrett Stanley, Tyler Benton and Trevor Malnick. The Falcons also signed two-time defending class AAA state championship quarterback Brandon Ashenfelter from Martinsburg.
Wesleyan and Glenville State also got signatures from players who made a name for themselves in our area. I'm very anxious to see how each and every one of the athletes who signed a letter of intent do at the next level.
When it comes to the other fall sports, Wesleyan signed a few local soccer players. You know those athletes are about to join a winning program as the Lady Bobcats have won the WVIAC regular season title several times in the last couple of years.
Probably more than any other sport, it's local runners who are signing to join a Division I program. Across the entire state, there are a handful of great cross country teams. That is probably mostly thanks to West Virginia's natural terrain to train for cross country on. WVU is a prestigious running school, and Coach Sean Cleary has asked several local runners sign to join the Mountaineers.
In general, it's amazing to see these athletes want to continue their respective sports at the next level. What's even more amazing is the look on their faces as they literally, sign on the dotted line.