Student athletes sign with colleges on National Signing Day


courtesy of Denise Freeman

Senior Christian Freeman signs his letter of intent at his home on Feb. 7 to Lipscomb University in Tennessee. He will be running track and cross country for the university starting in the fall.

Julius Koch, staff writer

Most aspiring students could agree that going to college is like reaching the light at the end of a very long tunnel. For years, teachers, councilors and parents emphasize the importance of getting a good education, the “key” to success.

All that noted, it isn’t always easy finding the right college, and it certainly isn’t always easy to get in. For a few athletic students at CHS this year, Feb. 7. marked the achievement of a universally respected goal; officially committing to a college.

“National signing day [on Feb. 7] is the first day you can sign with a college to play a sport,” senior Savannah Adkins said.

Adkins committed to Anderson University in South Carolina to play soccer. Officially confirming her final decision on National Signing Day, Adkins proved she was confident with her choice.

“It feels really good, it’s a relief to know I have somewhere to go,” Adkins said.

Adkins had, like many other athletes, verbally committed to her college of choice ahead of time. National Signing Day provided the first official confirmation of her future attendance. With less than a year until her enrollment, Adkins has plans for her remaining time in Carlsbad.

“I just want to get the most fun out of senior year and to get the most out of my family and reality connect with them,” Adkins said.

Another college bound individual at Carlsbad High this year is senior Christian Freeman. Freeman committed to Lipscomb for track and field and cross country.

“I verbally committed [to Lipscomb] a few weeks ago,” Freeman said. “Their [track and cross country] teams are absolutely amazing and I’m looking forward to get away from home.

With his primary goal accomplished and a solid path to success, Freeman retains some goals of his own for his remaining time as a senior.

“I just want to maintain good grades in school, relax a little bit in the second part of the semester of senior year and run well this track season,” Freeman said.

With inspirational athletes like Adkins and Freeman, Carlsbad will retain it’s legacy of aspirations and successes.