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Six Northside athletes sign on Wednesday


Three football players, two softball players and one soccer player signed during a ceremony on Wednesday;s national signing day at Northside.

Running back Kalan Watts, a first-team Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi-City selection, signed with Limestone College, located in Gaffney, S.C. Offensive lineman Noah Daniel, an honorable mention pick for All-Bi-City, inked his commitment to Sioux Falls, while quarterback Levi Dunn, also honorable mention for All-Bi-City, signed with LaGrange College.

Watts rushed for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns and also had two kickoffs returned for touchdowns as a senior.

He will relish the chance to hit the field early, likely getting playing time at Limestone in his freshman year next season.

“The coaches (at Limestone) told me I’d get an early chance to play, and I just love the school and everything about it,” said Watts.

Daniel graded out at 85 percent on the line for an offense that produced over 2,500 yards rushing.

“I just got this family feeling when I was up there. I loved the coaches, and I loved the campus,” said Daniel.

Dunn accounted for over 400 yards rushing and 600 passing in his senior season at Northside as he quarterbacked the Patriots to within three points in a narrow defeat to Carver of winning the Region 1-AAAAA title. The son of Joe Lee Dunn, who has been an assistant coach and defensive coordinator with nine different schools, including Southeastern Conference programs at Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State, the younger Dunn is ready to learn a new position as he will move out from under center at LaGrange.

“I’m excited to get to LaGrange and get into a rhythm. It’ll be a new system as a wide receiver rather than a quarterback,” said Dunn.

Other Northside student-athletes to sign on Wednesday include girls soccer player Katie Ann Fitts, who will head to Wesleyan College in Macon, and softball players Mary Horne and Madison Whipkey, who signed with Columbus State and CVCC, respectively.