It was a day most student athletes dream of; the day they publicly sign a letter of intent to the college of their choice. 31 student athletes across District Five participated in National Signing Day where they signed their letters of intent in front of their families, peers and coaches.
Among Chapin High School’s five signees were Will Register, a future University of South Carolina football player, and Makenzye Whitman who signed with Winthrop to play softball.
Whitman loved having the majority of Chapin High School’s student body present to witness her decision.
“It’s really exciting just to know that everyone here supports us and wanted to be a part of this,” she said.
Chapin High School’s Head Football Coach Justin Gentry congratulated all of the signees saying they represent the very best that Chapin has to offer.
“We are all very proud of our student athletes who are signing letters of intent today and know you will go on to do great things,” he said.
Bobby Irby was one of 15 players to sign a letter of intent at Dutch Fork High School. Irby said he can’t wait to play football at Newberry College.
“It’s the best feeling of my life. Everyone here at Dutch Fork High has helped us all so much. We’ve become better men and the coaches here have pushed us so much,” said Irby.
Dutch Fork High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Tom Knotts said National Signing Day is a cumulation of every student athlete’s hard work both on and off the field.
“National Signing Day is a tremendously important day in the life of a student athlete’s life. Although each has their own unique story, it took countless hours of work to reach this point, both on the field and in the classroom,” said Knotts.
Irmo High School had eleven student athletes make their decisions official. Irmo High Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Reggie Kennedy had nothing but praise for his students, but pushed them to finish what they started.
“We are very proud of our student athletes and signing their letters of intent today,” said Kennedy. “If you really look at it, they will impact the world from so many different angles. My philosophy is to teach the game of life through athletics. We just set the foundation for our students both in the classroom and on the playing fields. I want you all to build off of that and go do something great.”
Here is a full list of District Five’s student athletes who signed a letter of intent today:
Chapin High School
Andrew Gallagher – Newberry College for soccer
Will Register – University of South Carolina for football
Kale Rhame – Charleston Southern University for football
Will Webster – Coastal Carolina for football
Makenzye Whitman – Winthrop for softball
Dutch Fork High School
Bryson Cannon – Independence Community College for football
Chris Colburn – Limestone College for football
Ward Hacklen – Spartanburg Methodist College for baseball
Isaiah Hair – Limestone College for football
Jon Holton – North Greenville University for football
Meredith Holton – College of Charleston for soccer
Bobby Irby – Newberry College for football
Lauren Joch – Wofford College for tennis
Bailey Malovic – Highland Community College for football
Meghan Murphy – Emory University for softball
Reese Nichols – Newberry College for football
Summer Sampson – Hiwassee College for volleyball
Malik Sumter – Georgia State University for football
Alison Walsh – Limestone College for tennis
Brian Wilson – Wingate University for football
Irmo High School
Robyn Abernethy – Columbia College for softball
Kristen Bane – Presbyterian College for soccer
Jer’Nasia Coleman – USC Upstate for track
Nick Comfort – Newberry College for football
Kaylyn Hernandez – Columbia International University for soccer
Sydney Kay – Methodist University for softball
Zafir Kelly – South Carolina State College for football
Shakem McIntosh-Bradley – Highland University, Kansas for football
Rebekah Reinhard – Columbia International University for soccer
Janna Rickenbaker – Columbia International University for soccer
Jeffrey Tharp – Newberry College for football