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Jeff Gravley

Signing day is a celebration for the athletes

Posted February 1, 2012

The February signing day wouldn't be complete without athletes doing hat dances all across the country to add theater to a day of decisions. You know, multiple hats sit in front of that athlete, who pauses before donning their new teams lid. That's old hat, so to speak but if that's what they want to do then so be it.

So much of signing day is spent rating and measuring which colleges and universities across the country fared the best. Who had the most five-star signees? Which school was able to pull off the biggest surprise? Yes, recruiting is the lifeblood to college athletics but while the schools are celebrated for their recruiting classes don't forget the athletes.

Not just the five-stars but those who weren't rated at all, who will get the chance to continue playing their sport in college. Signing day should be a day to celebrate the athletes. You hear great stories about an athlete being the first from their family to go to college. It's a proud moment shared in a circle of family and friends.

The day brings tears of joy and tears of relief. It's a long process to go from being noticed, to being recruited, to being offered, to being signed. Some athletes believe it's their birthright to be courted by college coaches but listen up, it should never be taken for granted. You earn that chance so don't blow it by doing something stupid.

My biggest wish is for all athletes to become the best teammates on their teams. Understand that a group can accomplish more than an individual. BIG TEAM, little me. Try it on sometimes.

So congratulations to all of the signees in the class of 2012. It doesn't matter what division or level you will compete in collegiately, take some time to enjoy your accomplishment. Then get ready to work harder than you ever have before because it's a big jump going from high school to college athletics, I don't care how good you are now. 

 

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