On National Signing Day—this year it was on February 5— high school seniors from all across the nation were eligible to sign a binding letter of intent to play college (or junior college) football.
Consider NSD a downplayed version of the NFL draft. A number one recruit is chosen, the top players are hounded by reporters days before they decide on a team, coaches scramble for top players, etc.
On Facebook, ICTMN asked readers if they knew high school players who had signed letters of intent on NSD and the response was strong. This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are some players to root for during the 2014-2015 college football season.
Osceola, Seminole Tribe of Florida, signed his national letter of intent with Kentucky Christian University, in Grayson, Kentucky. “Some of my friends were playing, so I decided to go out for the team,” Osceola, 17, told the Seminole Tribune. “I fell in love with the game. I like the environment under the Friday night lights, and the team is like a family.”
White, Chickasaw/Seminole/Creek, signed his national letter of intent with the Ohio University Bobcats out of the MAC conference. White is a 5-foot-9, 165 lbs running back from Seminole High School. According to NewsOk.com, the high school football standout went through a “hectic” recruiting process. The RB originally accepted a verbal offer to Southern Miss, but after a visit to Athens, Ohio, he changed his mind.
This past season, White rushed for 3,133 yards and earned 41 touchdowns. He led the state in rushing yards per game at 241.0.
Swiftwater, Oglala Nation, signed his national letter of intent with Black Hills State University. Swiftwater is a 6-foot-3, 195 lbs wide receiver from Hot Springs, South Dakota.
Recently, the Rapid City Journal profiled Swiftwater, who battled bullying and family issues to make it to the college level. “I knew I could play basketball,” Swiftwater told the paper. “I’ve always played basketball, but playing football in Hot Springs really opened up my eyes to what I could really do.”
Gorham, Cheyenne and Arapaho, signed his national letter of intent with Emporia State University out of Emporia, Kansas. Gorham is a 6-foot-3, 290 lbs defensive tackle/guard out of Perkins Tryon High School. The university’s football club sent out this congratulatory tweet.
Tilley, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, signed his national letter of intent with Haskell Indian Nations University. Tilley, a 5-foot-9, 190lbs. wide receiver and defensive back, played at Seminole High School in Seminole, Oklahoma.
The Lake City High School (ID) senior signed with Idaho State University to play football for the 2014-15 football season. McGee, an 18-year-old senior was also offered a scholarship. The 6-foot-1, 168-pound quarterback was the 5A Inland Empire League’s co-most valuable player. He passed for 1,320 yards and 13 touchdowns, and rushed for eight more.
Picard, the 400lbs running back for White Swan High School signed off to play as a defensive lineman for the Everett Red Raiders, a junior college in Washington state.
In an interview with CNN last year, Picard was asked what he plans to do in the future. “Graduate from high school … go play at WSU, you know, wherever they want me to play … if possible, even go pro,” he said. “But I know it’s going to take a lot of work to get to that next level and the next level after that, and I know what I have to do to get to that next level, and I’m going to do what I gotta do to get there.”