Area athletes take part in National Signing Day

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Wednesday was a big day for several area student athletes, as they took part in signing day. Many of them signing football scholarships, but five others doing so in three other sports.

Those four others part of a big signing ceremony at Arnold High School at noon in the school's Media Center.

The signees,Terry Byers, a linebacker who was among the leaders in the State with 120 tackles, signing with Troy University.

3 softball players up next, Bailey Knaggs, who just transferred in to Arnold, signing with Palm Beach Atlantic.

Ashley Allgood, who signed with Enterprise up in Alabama.

And Ashley Troutman, the star shortstop, she's bound for Rollins College in central Florida.

Next up, a volleyball scholarship from Gulf Coast goes to Anna Merrill Goolsby, so mom and dad won't have to drive far to continue watching her play.

And the 6th signee, Jamie McHugh who will continue playing soccer for the University of West Florida, joining her former teammate Peyton Peffers there.

These signings a little extra special, says Arnold A.D. and softball head coach Rick Green, given the post storm circumstances.

"Scott we just went through this hurricane and everybody was down and out. And most of these kids have already signed their scholarships. And were going to do it at the middle school, because we were over at the middle school. And they said coach, let's don't do that. Let's sign it at home. So we came home to sign these scholarships. And you know this is kind of a new beginning for us again, and kind of a new beginning for these kids. And it kind of throws some light where we've had some dark days in the past. So I mean what a great day to be an Arnold Marlin. 6 signees, 6 different schools, 4 different sports. What a day."

And coach Green presenting Ashley Troutman with her Dairy Farmers 6A Player of the Year plaque that was supposed to be given back in October. So a nice extra touch there.

Meanwhile down in Port St. Joe, safety and receiver Kendre Gant signed a scholarship with Butch Davis and the Florida International football program.

That's a Division One school in Miami. Gant, the quarterback of the defense coach Greg Jordan calls him. A 6-4, 215 pounder who racked up 80 tackles, two interceptions, two fumbles and one for a touchdown. Also had a pair of touchdown receptions on the other side of the ball.

Next it's up to North Bay Haven, where the Buc's Wednesday watched offensive lineman Vincent Weaver sign on with Mississippi Valley State, a program in the FCS division of college ball.

Weaver a 6 foot 2 inch, 315 pounder who played on both sides of the line for coach Siegal. He's the first D-1 signee ever for this relatively young Buc's program.

And then to Mosley and two more football signings.

The first, Josh Lingenfelter, on the right there, a 6-4 215 pound safety and receiver, accepting an appointment to West Point Military Academy, so he'll become part of the proud tradition of Army Football!

His teammate Daveno Ellington, a 6 foot receiver, who racked up 742 yards and 9 touchdowns last season, signed on today with Bethune Cookman in Daytona Beach. Another FCS school, this one in the MEAC.

This makes 6 straight years Mosley's had at least one D1 signee, something that doesn't happen by accident, it's a combination of talented kids and dedicated coaches, like Mosley head coach Jeremy Brown, who work right through the so called "offseason".

"What offseason?" Brown says "You know what I mean because recruiting has taken on a season, it's a season to itself now. And then you're still trying...you're trying to get these kids signed but we've got other seniors that will sign. But then you're trying to get these kids signed, but you're also trying to run the program for the kids that are still in your program because you've got to win games the next year. To give those guys the opportunity to have this experience of signing day."