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Local athletes ink with colleges on Signing Day
by Greg Oshust
February 18, 2014 12:47 PM | 1406 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, football standouts Kameron Uter (Wake Forest) and Denzel Franklin (Stanford) and track and field star Kenny Selmon (North Carolina) celebrate signing their college letters-of-intent at Pace’s National Signing Day ceremony last Wednesday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, football standouts Kameron Uter (Wake Forest) and Denzel Franklin (Stanford) and track and field star Kenny Selmon (North Carolina) celebrate signing their college letters-of-intent at Pace’s National Signing Day ceremony last Wednesday.
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A number of local standouts signed their names on the dotted line and secured their positions on the college level on National Signing Day last Wednesday.

Lovett’s Grant Haley, fresh off of the Lions’ Class AA state football championship, signed a letter-of-intent with Penn State.

Haley originally committed to Vanderbilt, but decided to switch after Commodores coach James Franklin took the head coaching position with the Nittany Lions.

Pace saw three of its top athletes sign with colleges as football player Denzel Franklin signed with Stanford, Kameron Uter signed for both football and baseball with Wake Forest and track star Kenny Selmon inked with North Carolina.

Franklin, a cornerback, led Pace in interceptions this season and was a first-team selection in the Georgia Sports Writers Association’s Class A team.

“This is what I’ve always wanted — it’s always been a goal of mine,” Franklin said. “I think [Stanford is] the best combination of athletics and academics. I just love the whole atmosphere out there.”

Uter, like Haley, made his initial commitment to Vanderbilt, before the coaching change there prompted him to look elsewhere.

“After coach Franklin left, I re-opened the process and I started looking at other schools and Wake Forest seemed like a good fit,” Uter said.

Selmon won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles in the Class A private school competition at the state track and field meet last year and was a bronze medalist in the 400 hurdles at the IAAF World Youth Championships last July.

“It was between UNC and [Florida State],” Selmon said. “I felt at home at UNC and I know the coach there and it was just a good fit.”

Westminster had its usual large signing class, with 20 athletes inking on the dotted line in a ceremony at Turner Gym.

Football players Sam Schmal, Cameron Seward and Austin Chapman will remain teammates on the next level after all three signed with Boston College.

“It’s great — it makes it just that much better,” Seward said. “I’ve already got a scholarship with a major college and I get to spend that time, the next four years, with two of my closest friends. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Other Westminster NCAA Division I signees were football player Jake Forte (Harvard), baseball players Jake Johnson (Notre Dame) and Luke Johnson (Butler) and crew rowers Anna Ellis (Virginia), Annie Jachthuber (Ohio State) and Isabelle Babb (U.S. Naval Academy).

Woodward had 16 athletes sign letters-of-intent, including football players Terry Googer (South Carolina), A.J. Cole (N.C. State), Quincy Wolff (Princeton) and Jack Bryant (Furman).

Marist football player Kendall Baker signed with Georgia, while Holy Innocents’ had three football players sign — Luke Wright with Cincinnati, Jack Talmore with Brown and Owen Penn with Coast Guard Academy.

St. Pius X football players Nick Ruffin and Daniel Crochet also signed on the dotted line – Ruffin with Auburn and Crochet with Cornell.

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