Wednesday's National Signing Day will provide many future collegiate athletes nationwide a once-in-a-lifetime memory. Several YAIAA football and soccer athletes will join high schoolers across the country in signing their National Letter of Intent, officially marking the end of their recruitment process and the beginning of a new chapter in their athletic and education career.
In the current world of recruiting, where student athletes change their commitments regularly, the NLI amplifies a commitment from verbal to written between the athlete and institution. It's a big step in any athlete's career and several local players are eager to sign on the dotted line when the initial signing period for football and soccer officially starts Wednesday.
Spring Grove's Andrew Lawson (Old Dominion) highlights the YAIAA's football class. He will be joined Wednesday by a number of football players around the league signing their Letters of Intent including a pair of South Western Mustangs — Noah Staub (Towson) and Skylar Bowman (Maine) — signing to Division I Football Championship Subdivision schools. A number of others will be signing to Division II schools, including an overwhelming majority in the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference.
Temple University recruited the York area hard on the soccer side. Nick Sarver (West York), Matthew Trepanier (Dallastown) and Christopher Brignall (Dallastown) will all sign with the Owls Wednesday. Marcos Garcia Jr. (a New Oxford student athlete who will sign with Robert Morris University on Thursday) and Kennedy Little (Central York, Elon University) will also sign with Division I teams this week.