Not every college-bound high school athlete knows what school they’ll be signing with when the fall National Signing Day passes in November. A few more don’t know the answer when the winter signing day rolls around in February.
The list of local athletes who have made their intentions known since winter signing day is available, however; some were still up in the air as to where they would play next season, while others had made a verbal commitment but had yet to sign.
A national letter of intent is a contract between an athlete and a college. The student agrees to enroll at a specific school, and that school agrees to provide financial aid. There are eligibility penalties if an athlete later enrolls at another school, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
• Baseball: Jake Benedict, Middle Creek, Wake Tech; Austin Campbell, Apex, Methodist; William Cunningham, Wake Home School, Barton; Jacob Ennis, Wake Home School, William Peace; Perry Gray, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Tech; Luke Harvey, Wake Home School, Covenant College (Ga.); Keenen Herring, Middle Creek, Pitt Community College; Robbie Kellerman, Cary, Trinity (Tex.); Cameron Marshall, Cary Academy, Davidson; Gavin Russell, Cary, UNC-Greensboro; Luca Scelsi, Green Hope, Brunswick Community College.
Boys’ basketball: Anthanee Doyle, Holly Springs, Queens College; D.J. Lowe, Holly Springs, Catawba; John Mosser, Green Hope, Mercer; Quinton Ray, Middle Creek, Campbell; Mike Taylor, Grace Christian, Randolph-Macon (Va.).
Girls’ basketball: Joy Hunter, Athens Drive, Wake Tech; Jordan Webb, Panther Creek, Palm Beach State (Fla.).
Cross country: Colin Godwin, Cary Academy, MIT.
Gymnastics: Alyssa Tucker, Athens Drive, Lindenwood (Mo.).
Boys’ lacrosse: Jake Hargrove, Athens Drive, Hampden-Syndey (Va.); Nick Nesbitt, Athens Drive, Guilford College; John Padden, Athens Drive, Guilford College.
Girls’ golf: Maddi MacClurg, Green Hope, UNC-Greensboro.
Football: Eddie Auslander, Green Hope, Carnegie-Mellon (Pa.); Tyler Baddick, Green Hope, Averett (Va.); Jacob Best, Green Hope, Randolph-Macon (Va.); Hunter Clemons, Apex, Randolph-Macon (Va.); Sammy Habta, Athens Drive, Greensboro College; Zac Hynus, Holly Springs, Westminster College (Utah); Gavin Locklear, Apex, N.C. State*; Adam Parent, Green Hope, Western Carolina*; Steven Parrish, Athens Drive, Methodist; Daniel Riddle, Athens Drive, Western Carolina*; Terry Whitehead, Green Hope, Milford Academy (Neb.).
Rugby: Jacob Milchuk, Athens Drive, Furman.
Boys’ soccer: Austin Brogan, Athens Drive, Wake Tech; James Compton, Panther Creek, Virginia Tech; Max Swartz, Panther Creek, Ohio State; Connor Talbot, Middle Creek, Mars Hill; Brian Wendaglass, Cary, UNC-Asheville.
Girls’ soccer: Kate Hobble, Apex, Johns Hopkins; Ellice Johnson, Athens Drive, Meredith; Samantha Mendez, Middle Creek, Meredith; Tori Tate, Athens Drive, Meredith.
Boys’ swimming: Anthony Galante, Athens Drive, Pittsburgh; Adam Linker, Cary Academy, N.C. State; Brandon Ress, Cary, Towson; Tad Spence, Green Hope, College of Charleston.
Girls’ swimming: Kendall Pena, Middle Creek, N.C. State; Torie Pena, Middle Creek, Indianapolis; Victoria Tschoke, Apex, Liberty; Maddie Witzke, Holly Springs, N.C. State.
Girls’ tennis: Audrey Channell, Green Hope, Navy.
Track and field: Brianna Heilsnis, Apex, Clayton State (Ga.).
Volleyball: Lydia Rooth, Grace Christian, Southeastern (Fla.).
*Denotes invited walk-on for football