Many area high school athletes signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. National letters obligate the athlete and the school to each other in exchange for the promise of some athletic scholarship assistance.
The first NLI signing day for most sports was in November, but football, track and field, cross country and soccer athletes cannot sign until the February signing period.
The vast majority of athletes who sign national letters do not receive full scholarships but instead receive some financial assistance. Some schools, including schools in the Ivy League, do not give athletic scholarships but do give financial aid to students.
Below is a list of area class of 2014 athletes who made a commitment to play a college sport since the fall signing period. That list was published Nov. 20 and included many athletes who signed in February.
Sean Bowman, boys soccer, Charlotte; Chase Denison, baseball, NYU; Carter Hicks, baseball, Guilford.
Justin Christian, baseball, Lenoir-Rhyne.
Maria Annunziata, softball, Meredith; Rachel Bartolomeo, girls track, N.C. State; Lukas Bowler, football, St. Francis Xavier (Canada); William Gauger, boys soccer, Wake Forest; Laura Magdefrau, girls soccer, Christian Brothers (Tenn.); Chase Rhode, boys soccer, Wake Forest; Shawn Stankavage, football, Vanderbilt; Faith Wilson, girls soccer, Wingate; Cheyenne Wood, volleyball, LSU.
Kaitlyn Checkan, softball, N.C. Wesleyan; Wan’ye Davis, football, Tusculum; Trevor Ellis, football, Tusculum (Tenn.); Grant Hayes, baseball, Wake Tech CC; Jamie Rogers, girls tennis, Navy; Morgan Walker, girls soccer, Arcadia (Pa.).
Daniel Kurtzer, baseball, Rhodes College (Tenn.).
Valerie Biesack, girls soccer, Queens; Keith Gorman, boys soccer, UNC-Asheville; Trevor Phillips, football, UNC-Pembroke; Dean Rutherford, boys soccer, Charlotte; Tyler Williams, football, Lenoir-Rhyne.
Grace Christian (Raleigh)
Josh Greene, baseball, N.C. Central.
Zack Compton, boys soccer, Buffalo; Tom Nobles, boys cross country, Charlotte.
Matt Devers, baseball, Lenoir CC.
Tom Hartshorn, football, Campbell; Jade Loftis, girls soccer, Mars Hill; Justin Medwar, boys lacrosse, Lynchburg (Va.); Justin Panepinto, boys tennis, Washington College (Md.); Jay Schuller, football, Campbell; Jessica Stringfellow, girls swimming, Queens College; Jordan Towler, baseball, Concord (W.Va.); Kate Weisner, girls soccer, Catawba.
Justin Byers, football, Army; Carly Catella, girls swimming, Penn; Gretchen Dettlinger, girls soccer, Pfeiffer; Terrance Lasater, football, Navy; Gregg Storey, football, Liberty; J.T. Wise, football, Navy.
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