Here's a list of county athletes who signed letters of intent and made college commitments today!
Sam Rogers chose Tuesday night to walk on at Virginia Tech, picking the Hokies walk-on offer over Virginia. Rogers told HanoverCountySports.org that Tech's winning tradition and coaching staff did help give Virginia Tech an edge in the final decision. He will be groomed to be a fullback/H-back.
Tailback L.J. Jones signed a letter of intent at Morehead State University, an FCS program in Kentucky.
Lineman Josh Hutto signed a letter of intent to play for Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. Campbell, also an FCS program, is in the same league (Pioneer) as Morehead State, so Jones and Hutto will see each other from opposite sides of the field when the two teams meet on October 5th!
Donte Haynesworth officially signed with Norfolk State, where he will play in the defensive secondary for the Spartans, joining a team that includes former Hermitage quarterback Brendan Riddick, now a running back at NSU.
In baseball, star shortstop Andrew Knizner had made his commitment to NC State months ago. Today's signing was a formality, but cemented Knizner into a program with a legitimate chance to win the ACC and make the College World Series in both 2014 and 2015.
In softball, pitcher Shannon Albright chose an interesting path, signing with a brand-new college program at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Georgia. She will pitch there, her preferred position, which attracted her to the new school, as well as their head coach, Melissa Wood.
Chad Jacob is a Keydet! He officially signed this morning with VMI to play football. Head Coach Roscoe Johnson told HanoverCountySports.org he expects five to six more players to make their college decisions in the next several weeks.
A lacrosse player, goalie Fitz Rogers, committed to play at Randolph-Macon. Rogers is one of the first lacrosse players from the county to make a college commitment. Lacrosse is now scheduled, pending final approval, to be VHSL sanctioned in the county in 2014.
Travis Phillips will continue his track career at East Carolina University. Phillips, who starred at wide receiver for the Patriots football team, will also have an opportunity to play football for the Pirates as well, a team on the move soon from Conference USA to the Big East Conference.
Track stars Jessica Shelton and Malina Richardson both signed to attend Radford University!
And finally, we broke the news earlier this week that Tyler and Jasmine Pinder, four-year varsity basketball players (and twins), have committed to play collegiately at Bridgewater College.
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