a group of high school athletes behind a table.
Thirteen teenagers at Niceville High School signed letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level in seven different sports. ๐Ÿ“ธ: McKinsey Lamm

Track and Field Leads December's Signings With Seven Signings.

Thirteen students put pen to paper and signedย National Letters of Intentย with 12 colleges and universities at Niceville High School on Wednesday afternoon.ย 

At the end of the school day, about 300 students, parents, and well-wishers file into the NHS Auditorium to witness the signings.ย 

Seven members of the track and field team, and members of the football cheerleading, girls basketball, baseball, softball, and golf teams made their intentions official.ย 

“If you’re an underclassman, if you looked at this stage and said, ‘Man, I hope when I’m a senior that I have the chance to do that,’ you are in the best position possible to have a chance to do that, because you played at Niceville High School,” said Principal Charlie Marello, “The rest is up to you.”

Athletic Director Daniel Griffinย noted that, nationally, 1.68% of high school athletes go to college on an athletic scholarship. Niceville High School had 608 students participate in sports in the 2022-2023 school year – which means Nicevilleย shouldย produce, according to the law of averages, about 10 scholarship athletes every year. Last year, Niceville had 38 athletes sign for colleges. “I think you’ll see, we are well above the curve,” Griffin said.ย 

Signings

๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ Jeremiah Blair | Baseball | Pensacola State College
๐ŸŠ Aidan Broussard | Track and Field | University of Florida
โš”๏ธ Van Carter | Track and Field | United States Military Academy – Westpoint
๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ Yaremi Figueroa | Track and Field | Troy University
๐Ÿป Ava Floro | Acrobatics and Tumbling | Baylor University
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Gracie Grant | Golf | Dallas Baptist University
๐Ÿ Macey Kidder | Softball | U of Mobile
๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸก Anna Kimball | Basketball | Rollins College
๐ŸŠ Elaina Perkins | Track and Field | University of Florida
๐Ÿˆ Terrance Powe | Track and Field | Florida International University
๐Ÿ Deont’e Smith | Track and Field | Florida A&M University
๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ Colin Sorenson | Football | Charleston Southern University
๐Ÿฆ… Samuel Trube | Track and Field | Southern Mississippi

November Signings

Three athletes signed letters of intent to compete in college in November – meaning NHS has produced a total of 15 collegiate athletes so far this school year.

Those that signed in November include:

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๐ŸŸก Asa Adams | Wrestling | Briar Cliff College

๐Ÿฆ… Raedyn Register | Acrobatics and Tumbling | University of Montevallo

๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ Felicity McCallen | Swimming | UMary

Special Note - A First Time For Everything

A full-circle moment took place at this year’s signing event. Niceville High School and Troy University Alumni Drew Frederic signed his first recruit as the Recruitment Director for Pensacola State College when Jeremiah Blair decided to play for the Pirates.

“I love Niceville,” Frederic said, “the athletes that come out of Niceville, I know they are being taught to do things the right way, on the field, in the community, and the classroom. When you get a kid out of a school like Niceville, you know that you’re going to get the right kind of person, that they’re going to be a good fit on a baseball team at the college level.”

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Jeremiah Blair speaks into the microphone at his National Letter of Intent signing ceremony. ๐Ÿ“ธ: McKinsey Lamm

Blair played catcher and outfield for most of his underclassmen years at Niceville. Frederic says he will get some pitching time this year with the Eagles – and then they will slot him into the place that suits him best in the future. “We like to get guys who can do a bunch of different things. He’s one of those athletes that can do many different things and impact the game in many different ways. So, what his role is, I can’t tell you – but I know that he will impact our team in many different ways.”

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