By Austin Stanley, for the Herald
National Signing Day is a crazy day in the world of college football. High school student-athletes officially sign a National Letter of Intent to play college sports at the schools that have been recruiting them for their talents during their prep careers.
Yesterday was not only National Signing Day for college football, but students in track, cross country, soccer, softball and baseball signed the dotted line to become future college student-athletes.
Independence High School produced maybe the best single crop of football signees ever at one school in Williamson County, as RaShaan Gaulden and Vic Wharton III both signed with the University of Tennessee and Finis Stribling signed with Missouri. A national TV audience, via ESPN, was on hand for their signing, along with Steven Satchell, a fourth Division I signee, heading to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Two others, Drake Dormann and Deion Sims, both signed with Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tennessee. Teammate Kent Katzman signed to play soccer at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.
Not all were recruited as “five star” or “can’t miss” recruits.
Ravenwood’s Wesley Horky opted to postpone his signing with the University of Tennessee and pursue Oklahoma University as a last minute offer. The nation’s top long snapper in the 2014 class, he fills the need of every team- having a guy you can trust to never have a bad snap.
“It’s a big deal to have somebody that you can count on with short snaps and long snaps,” Will Hester, Ravenwood’s head coach, said. “That’s one of the parts of the game that we didn’t really have to worry about with Wesley doing it.”
Horky was named to the 2014 Under Armour All-American team and participated in the Jan. 2 game with some of the top recruits in the country.
Posted on: 2/6/2014