Dozens of local student-athletes made their college choices official Wednesday when they signed national letters of intent with colleges across the country on National Signing Day, though some inked with colleges during the earlier signing periods in November and December.
Holy Innocents’ saw eight of its athletes make commitments. Jackie Addy, who won the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class A cross country state championship, will continue her career at the University of Florida. Softball player Branan Cobb, who holds the school’s record for the most strikeouts in a season and career, will attend Centre College. Baseball player Guillermo Grainer, who has been a standout pitcher for the Golden Bears for the past three seasons, will attend the College of Charleston. Nationally ranked tennis player Garrett Johns will attend Duke University. Golfer Owen Malcolm, who helped Holy Innocents’ win the program’s first state championship in 2018, has signed with Washington & Lee University. Fellow golfer Bailey Means will attend Wofford College. Lacrosse player Ryan Blasberg has signed with Oberlin College. Emily Grasing will continue her soccer career at Sewanee: The University of the South.
Lovett cross country and track athlete Haley Hooper committed to Northwestern University. She was named to the Atlanta Track Club (ATC) All-Metro Cross Country team in 2018. The football team saw four commitments with Will Seiler for the University of Pennsylvania, Nick Jackson with the University of Virginia, McLeod Buckham-White for Columbia University and K.J. Wallace with the University of Notre Dame.
Marist saw 13 athletes commit to collegiate programs. Cross country and track athlete Kathleen Maley, the 2018 cross country state champion and ATC All-Metro Team member, signed with the University of Tennessee. Fellow state champion and ATC All-Metro member Leif Anderson will attend Georgia Tech. Softball player Katie Goldberg, who was named first team all-state last season, will attend the University of Virginia. All-region soccer player Allie Berk signed with the University of Alabama. Golfer Matthew Larkin will attend Wofford College. All-state baseball player Seb Thomas signed with Auburn University, and teammate James MacCallum will attend Mercer University. All-region football players Dean Colton (Lehigh University) and Kyle Hamilton (University of Notre Dame) also signed their letters of intent. Fellow football players Brandan Farrell (University of Virginia) and Ryan Mannelly (University of Pennsylvania) also committed. Baseball player Chase Otten will attend Birmingham Southern College. All-state lacrosse player Zack Pacheco signed with Georgetown University.
Mount Vernon Presbyterian had four athletes sign with programs. All-state baseball player Tres Gonzalez will attend Georgia Tech. All-region volleyball player Zoe Stupek signed with Bucknell University. All-region football players Justin Douglas (Southeastern Louisiana University) and Austin Douglas (James Madison University) also made their collegiate commitments.
North Atlanta had 10 commitments, led by football player Justin Sanders, who will attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Messiah Thompson (Campbell University) and Sam Jennings (Sewanee) will continue their basketball careers collegiately.
Volleyball player Chelsea Howard will attend California University of Pennsylvania. Soccer player Ellie Hankin has committed to Colby College while swimmer/diver Drew Sheldon will attend Davidson College. The Warriors’ baseball program had four of its players make collegiate commitments; Marc Church (North Carolina A&T), Nicholas Gaitan (LaSalle University), Narada Monge (Alabama State University) and Brett Roberts (Tennessee Tech)
North Springs lacrosse player Tiwan Jones committed to Westminster College.
Pace celebrated 19 of its athletes signing with colleges: Andrew Konradt (Trinity College/lacrosse), Patrick Markwalter (Auburn University/football), Mitchell O'Berry (Rhodes College/baseball), Keashawn Perryman (Birmingham-Southern College/football), Emily Pulver (University of Georgia/lacrosse), Ann Rafeedie (Denison University/basketball), Jared Rayman (University of Virginia/football), Kayla Ross (Boston University/soccer) and Parker Spillers (Fordham University/football), Darian Howard (Wallace Community College/baseball), Justice Jackson (Pepperdine University/track and field), Andrew Jenkins (Georgia Tech/baseball), Sam Assaf (Amherst College/lacrosse), Aleks Golde (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/golf), Hannah White (University of Southern California/soccer), Joelle Zelony (Tufts University/basketball), Charlie Warren (Sewanee: The University of the South/lacrosse), Brian Zeldin (University of Pennsylvania/baseball) and Chilton Tolliver (Southeast Missouri State University/football).
Riverwood had 10 athletes sign with colleges. Four baseball players in Brett Thomas (University of South Carolina), Harris Beckley (Wofford), Allen Grier (Chattanooga State Community College) and Christopher Hall (Florida State College at Jacksonville) made their commitments. Lacrosse player Phillip Malevver signed with Canisius College and volleyball athlete Nailah Jenkins will attend Northeastern University. Football players Aaron Chandler "A.C." Graham (Jacksonville State University), Reese White (Coastal Carolina University), Ben Blair (Stetson University) and James English (Sewanee: The University of the South) selected their programs as well.
Wesleyan lacrosse player Tabitha Conrad signed with Furman University.
Woodward had 15 athletes sign, including three players on the baseball team in Mason Carnes (Berry College), Alex Vaughan (Oberlin College) and Christian Wylder (Lee University). Five football players will continue their careers at the collegiate level: Tahj Gary (Virginia Tech), Parker Kehlert (Samford University), Cross Patton (University of Oregon), Collin Richardson (Harvard University) and Noah Thomas (Howard University). Two War Eagle golfers committed to programs, with Ayanna Habeel attending Southern Illinois University and Teagan Fritts to Christopher Newport University. Cross country runner Kayla Stadeker will attend Hofstra University while track and field athlete Alphonzo Overstreet committed to the University of South Carolina. Lacrosse player Graham Dixon signed with Sewanee, soccer player Hans Meyer will attend Davidson College and Ariana Alvord will continue her softball career at Berry College.
Holy Spirit Prep boys’ basketball player and McDonald’s All-American Anthony Edwards will make his collegiate announcement Monday.