Many of the nation’s top high school football recruits made their decision and signed with their college of their choice today, on Signing Day, Feb. 2.
At 7 a.m. this morning, three players from the Lakota West football program gathered in the high school’s community room to participate in a Signing Day event.
One of the most notable signees, 6-foot-5 285-pound offensive lineman Ryan Kelly, officially signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Alabama. Kelly committed to Alabama and head coach Nick Saban this past July. At the time, Alabama was coming off a season where it won its 17th national championship.
Kelly, who had offers from Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Michigan, Cincinnati and many others, joins Alabama, who ESPN.com currently considers to have the No. 3 recruiting class in the country.
ESPN.com also ranks Kelly as the No. 4 offensive center in the country. Other recruiting services, Rivals.com (No. 6 center) and Scout.com (No. 2 center) also have Kelly ranked as one of the top offensive line recruits in the entire nation.
Meanwhile, Kelly’s teammates, defensive lineman Matt Fox (6’4” 230 lbs.) and OL Phil Brinkman (6’4” 260 lbs.) also signed with schools on Signing Day.
Fox, who had been trying to decide between Princeton and Air Force, received a late offer from Ball State just days before Signing Day. The First-Team All-GMC selection has decided to sign with Ball State.
Brinkman, who was a Second-Team All-GMC selection, signed with Indianapolis. Brinkman was also considering Georgetown (Ky.) and St. Francis (Ind.), but committed to Indy about a week ago.
“We were in the market for some quality offensive linemen and Phil fit that bill,” University of Indianapolis head coach Bob Bartolomeo said. “He is a tough, hard-nosed player. I have watched a lot of tape of him and we are getting a guy who can move and can play multiple spots on the offensive line.”
Also signing today, but not participating in the Signing Day event were Lakota West girls’ soccer players Alex Azeez (Purdue), Devyn Ciotti (Louisville) and Megan Cravenor (Cincinnati).
In November, the following Lakota West athletes signed:
Yasmine Battle, softball, Mississippi Valley State; Alex Caudill, softball, Northern Kentucky; Lexi Dannemiller, volleyball, Michigan; Ty Davis, wrestling, Central Michigan; Ronni Grandison (photo), basketball, Massachusetts; Jaymee Heineke, lacrosse, Cincinnati; Ashley Jeffers, golf, Western Illinois; Kaitlin Jennings, lacrosse, St. Bonaventure; Liz McMahon, volleyball, Illinois; Korey Ward, golf, Xavier; and Taylor Wogenstahl, golf, Northern Kentucky.
Soccer and football players had to wait until Feb. 2 and could not sign during Signing Day in November.
WestChesterBuzz.com will also cover the Lakota East Signing Day event, which was rescheduled due to the weather, Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:45 a.m. at the high school.
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