Several area high school athletes signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday, the first day that the students could sign the document that binds the athlete to a specific college.
A National Letter of Intent is a contract between an athlete and a college. The student agrees to enroll at a specific school and the school agrees to provide financial aid.
There are athletics eligibility penalties if an athlete later enrolls at another school unless there are extenuating circumstances. Athletes in sports other than football, field hockey, soccer, track and field and cross country can sign during this early signing period.
The football signing period begins Feb. 6, although athletes in all sports can sign during the early period if they are graduating in the middle of the year.
Wakefield football quarterback Connor Mitch and wide receiver Jordan Fieulleteau signed with South Carolina and UNC-Chapel Hill, respectively, on Wednesday because they both plan to enroll in college in January.
The Millbrook girls’ basketball team had eight players to sign on Wednesday.
Joseph Bialkowski, Broughton, Georgetown; Michael Kelly, Leesville Road, UNC-Asheville; Evan Nations, Cardinal Gibbons, Charleston Southern; B.J. Nobles, Millbrook, Western Carolina; Tyler Pickard, Cardinal Gibbons, Charleston Southern; Robbie Thorburn, Cardinal Gibbons, UNC-Wilmington; Christopher Silber, Sanderson, High Point
Logan Evans, Wakefield, Queens; Devonte Graham, Broughton, Appalachian State; James Hemphill, Broughton, Navy; Josh Newkirk, Word of God, Pittsburgh; Shane Whitfield, Word of God, Lehigh
Courtney Best, Millbrook, Campbell; Bria Day, Millbrook, Syracuse; Briana Day, Millbrook, Syracuse; Ryan Flowers, Millbrook, UNC-Wilmington; Brianna Hinton, Millbrook, Barton College; Mykia Jones, Millbrook, Wake Forest; Katelyn Mitchell, Millbrook, UNC-Pembroke; Alex Tomlinson, Millbrook, Wingate; Makayla Williams, Wakefield, N.C. A&T
Connor Mitch, Wakefield, South Carolina; Jordan Fieulleteau, Wakefield, UNC-Chapel Hill
Carter Jenkins, Leesville Road, UNC-Greensboro
Evie Dole, Ravenscroft, Virginia
Jimbo Barnes, Ravenscroft, Furman; Colin McKendry, Cardinal Gibbons, Providence
Ryann Konstandin, Wake Forest-Rolesville, UNC-Pembroke
Bailey Maloney, Cardinal Gibbons, East Carolina; Kai Wombacher, Cardinal Gibbons, Brown
Hannah Stahmer, Millbrook, Idaho
Sasha Karelov, Leesville Road, Duke; Haleigh Nelson, Cardinal Gibbons, Wisconsin; Lauren Saxby, Wakefield, Western Carolina; Kati Stammen, Leesville Road, Appalachian State; Crystal Widom, Wakefield, High Point.