Several athletes signed college scholarships for National Signing Day at both Bay High and Bozeman. At Bay High, 14 athletes inking scholarships.
Mike Everett, Nigel Hill, and Martez Mason will all play at the Atlanta Sports Academy. Dushawn Green, Devian Taylor, Jordan Gipson, and Steven Battle signed with YUBA College in California. Telvion Malone Boyd signed with Edward Waters in Jacksonville. Kyle Melquist inked with North Carolina Wesleyan College. Dustyn Howard signed with Faulkner. Dance Estes and Darreyen Sims will play at Southeastern University in Lakeland next year. Tyron Lewis signed with Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina. Preston Brown, who graduated last year, signed a baseball scholarship with Northland College in Minnesota.
At Bozeman School, two softball players, and two football players signed scholarships today in front of the whole school. Kinsley Faulkenberry will be staying in Bay County, as she signed at scholarship with Gulf Coast. Nicole Migliori will play at Wallace Community College.
Chandler Burkett signed a DI football scholarship with the University of Maryland, and quarterback Jacob Martinez inked with the University of Buffalo.
Both head football coach Loren Tillman at Bozeman and head coach Jimmy Longerbeam at Bay agree that preparing the kids athletically is only part of preparing them for college.
"It's very big for our community and it's very big for school," said Coach Tillman. "I'm very proud of them. We talked about three phases: we talk about athletics, we talk about academics, and we talked about character. These four kids demonstrate those three phases and they've done it by establishing goals and all three phases."
"It's really important for the kids to be able to get out and go to the next level and be successful," said Coach Longerbeam. "I told them all the time it's not where you start, whether it's a prep school or junior-college, it's where you finish. I think our role as high school coaches is to give these kids the opportunity to move them from high school to college to the next level."