Although I wasn’t able to get a lot into the print edition in Thursday’s paper, I attended Summit’s National Signing Day event for 3 football players, one girls basketball player and one girls soccer player on Wednesday.
It was standing room only in Room G101 at Summit when each of the athletes got to say something and pose for pictures wearing clothes from their college.
My colleague, Clay Fowler, wrote an interesting story about how some kids are left in the lurch when colleges make coaching changes and the new coaches don’t honor the previous commitments. It also happens the other way, when students change their minds at the last minute for another offer.
That could’ve been the case for Summit’s Donte Deayon and Jamaal Williams who had other schools interested in them even after they committed to Boise State and BYU, respectively. But both of them held strong to their commitments.
“UCLA and Oregon called,” Deayon said. “But I ttold them I’m 100 percent committed to Boise State.”
The Boise State orange seems to fit Deayon’s outgoing personality. He wore a Denver Broncos hat (he’s been a fan, he says) that has the old-school orange, mirroring that of the Boise State Broncos. He also had a blue and orange necklace with a Boise State medallion and had a bright orange Boise State t-shirt as an undershirt.
Williams’ more subdued and introspective personality seems to fit the navy blue of BYU.
“I want the younger kids to know that if they work hard, they can get this too,” Williams said.
Tight End Brandon Mosley signed with Division II Colorado State Pueblo and was excited about it.
“They’re a lot like a D1 program,” Mosley said. “They put a lot into it.”
The other two players were soccer’s Brittany Bravo, who signed with Division II Southwest Minnesota State.
“I kind of wanted to get out on my own. Part of it is the soccer, too,” she said.
Right now, Bravo was expecting to miss Wednesday’s game with an ankle injury, but hopes to be able to return for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, basketball player Jillian Alleyne had already signed with Oregon.
“I had signed (in the fall) and the whole basketball team was there,” Alleyne said. “This was cool. There were a lot of people here.”
There were balloons as well as cupcakes with colors to match the schools.