As signing day approaches, many high school seniors across the country are getting ready for their big day. Wednesday, February 4th is the first day that high school seniors can sign a national letter of intent to play college football.
This is a special day for these young men that in a short few months will be making the transition from high school life to college life.
For the prospects that will be signing with Toledo on Wednesday, this is a chance for them to officially sign the scholarship papers and celebrate the fact that they are part of the Rocket family.
"We are having a banquet after school Wednesday to celebrate and recognize the seniors," said Pittsburgh native Manny Bell. Bell is an offensive lineman from Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, PA that is planning on signing with Toledo on Wednesday.
Bell is not alone. In fact, some have actual parties. "Yea, I'm going to sign with them (Toledo), and we are supposed to have a signing party," said wide receiver commit Daxton Swanson. Swanson, a native of Waco, TX, chose the Rockets over an offer from Buffalo.
Some will have their family at their signing events. "I will sign with them (Toledo), and my family will be there," said Byron Best. Best is a defensive back from Greenville, SC.
Offensive lineman Zac Kerin of Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, OH plans on signing his NLI around 7am. "The signing will be in our school theatre and lots of students and teachers will be there," Zac said.
While Zac is signing his NLI early in the day, T.J. Fatinikun is planning on signing his later. "I'm signing at 11am at my school," Fatinikun said. Fatinikun is a defensive end prospect from Perrysburg High school, right in the Toledo area.
While some of the seniors will be having signing day parties and so forth, Ricky Steele has other obligations that will keep his signing day short. "(I'm signing) first thing in the morning because I have to leave for senior retreat," said Steele. Ricky Steele is a defensive back from Cincinnati, OH.
While this is just a sample of the prospects that will be signing with Toledo on Wednesday, it gives you a good idea of what their days will be like. In many cases they will have friends and family there along with their high school football coach. Many times they will have a Toledo hat or shirt as they sign their national letter of intent. In many cases the local media outlets will be there and after signing they will conduct interviews and talk about their future at Toledo.
It's an exciting time for these high school seniors. Though they still have about four months of high school left, signing day symbolizes the start of a new chapter in their life.
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