On the February 7, 2018 National Signing Day, while athletes from all over the country were committing to colleges, nine of Central High’s athletes were signing their letter-of-intent in front of an audience of proud family members, coaches and teachers.
Each of the athletes had their own academic and athletic reasons behind their choices. Football linebacker Jacob Hollins committed to the University of Illinois and made his decision based on his dream of pursuing a professional career in sports. Hollins stated, “It gave me the best opportunity to do what I always wanted to do, play football in the NFL.” Free safety Jaden Williams was looking for a college that would show concern for him as a person, not just an athlete. After committing to the University of Colorado Mines he explained, “They were interested in me, which made me excited in return and added more to the recruiting process.”
Additional football players who committed at the event were middle linebacker Tre Walker who signed with the University of Idaho, and running back Jevon Bigelow who committed to the University of Wyoming.
The boys’ soccer team’s center midfielder Jimmy Lorenti decided to stay a little closer to home and committed to the University of California at Merced.
From girls’ basketball, forward and center Imani Lacy signed with the University of Nevada, while guard Jessica Spencer committed to Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Softball also had two athletes sign with softball outfielder, Sydnee Turner committing to Mount Mercy University and pitcher Destiny Ricks committing to the University of Texas Southern. Turner stated, “I felt like I was already at home when I was there.”