A big class of recruits for the Class of 2016 will sign with their respective college destinations on Wednesday’s national signing day, the first day a high school senior can sign a binding national letter of intent with the NCAA.
More than 50 football players, including 17 headed to Division I schools, will make their commitments official at ceremonies spread throughout the day. Another 12 athletes from other sports will also participate in signing day ceremonies.
The two biggest classes will sign in the morning, 9:30 a.m. at Carver and 10 a.m. at Central. Twelve football players for the Tigers, including three Division I signees, will participate in the ceremony. Barring any last-minute changes of heart, quarterback Jawon Pass will sign with Louisville, defensive back Javontay Smith with East Carolina and offensive lineman Fred Williams with Grambling State.
At Central, 11 players are expected to sign with six heading for Division I schools. Defensive back John Broussard already signed a financial aid agreement with Auburn in the fall, but will return for the ceremony. Wide receiver/athlete Jamal Couch is heading to Mississippi State, defensive back Darius King to Alabama State, linebacker Toron Morten to Tennessee Tech, linebacker Walter Pritchett to Troy and wide receiver Quan Weaver to Southern Miss.
Other Division I football signees in the area include: Pacelli athlete DeAndre Bowman (Georgia State), Pacelli linebacker Ben Davis (Davidson), Smiths Station linebacker Vada King (Arkansas State) and Jacob Faver (Northern Arizona), Columbus defensive back Essang Bassey (Wake Forest), Jordan linebacker Markus Wright (Army), Harris County linebacker Jacob Rovig and Hardaway defensive back Deyon Hicks (Troy).
Smiths Station’s Max Newton will sign Division I in baseball with Troy, while fellow Panthers classmate Aly Smith will sign with South Alabama softball.
Here is a complete list of signing ceremonies taking place around the area on Wednesday:
Marion County, 9 a.m.
Maurice Carter, Cumberland University
Cameron Cox, Cumberland University
Carver, 9:30 a.m.
Trevonne Atkins, Globe Institute of Technology
Tyler Davis, Globe Institute of Technology
Ashton Calhoun, Globe Institute of Technology
Jaquaze Gaines, Globe Institute of Technology
Darius Love, Iowa Central C.C.
Robert Henderson, Fort Valley State
Trevon Lowe, Fort Valley State
Jordan Rivers, Fort Valley State
Gerald Reed, Benedict College
Fred Williams, Grambling State
Javontay Smith, East Carolina
Jawon Pass, Louisville
Central, 10 a.m.
John Broussard, Auburn
J’Lan Carson, Faulkner
Jamal Couch, Mississippi State
Jacorey Jones, Point University
Darius King, Alabama State
Nic Lewis, Point University
Preston Loving, Point University
Toron Morten, Tennessee Tech
Walter Pritchett, Troy
Daveon Ward, Point University
Quan Weaver, Southern Miss
Shaw, 10:30 a.m.
Austin Hester, Georgia Military College
Pacelli, 11 a.m.
DeAndre Bowman, Georgia State
Mikal Marlbe, Cincinnati Christian
Trevor Robichaux, Cincinnati Christian
Ben Davis, Davidson
Smiths Station, 11 a.m.
Tripp Jones, Huntingdon College (baseball)
Max Newton, Troy (baseball)
Blake Rivera, Wallace State-Hanceville (baseball)
Devin Brown, Northwest Florida-Niceville (baseball)
Dalton Sinquefield, Wallace State-Hanceville (baseball)
Vada King, Arkansas State
Blake Murphy, Huntingdon College
K.J. Johnson, Point University
Quandarius Holt, Kentucky Christian University
Jacob Faver, Northern Arizona University
Aly Smith, South Alabama (softball)
Allison Moore, CVCC (softball)
Christian Howell, Point University (soccer)
Columbus, 1 p.m.
Essang Bassey, Wake Forest
Ja’Quan Mason, Point University
Jordan, 2 p.m.
Markus Wright, Army
Northside, 2 p.m.
Katie Ann Fitts, Wesleyan College (soccer)
Madison Whipkey, CVCC (softball)
Mary Horne, Columbus State (softball)
Kalan Watts, Limestone College
Noah Daniel, Sioux Falls
Levi Dunn, LaGrange College
Harris County, 2:45 p.m.
Tek Kalish, Maryville College
Bubba Blackmon, Point University
Josh Stein, Maryville College
Jacob Rovig, Stetson University
Hardaway, 3:45 p.m.
Deyon Hicks, Troy
Jonathon Mack, Atlanta Prep Academy
Christian McBride, Itasca C.C.
Sam Anthony, Western Oklahoma State (baseball)
* All signees are football unless noted otherwise