FORT WAYNE – Snow didn’t keep area football players from signing letters of intent on Wednesday. Most of the ceremonies, on the other hand, were victims of the latest in winter’s cruel joke in 2014.
In a rarity, Carroll still had its traditional get-together and usual mock signing process at the school, with seniors Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame) and Tyler Hands (Indianapolis) making their college pledges official and visible with reporters and television cameras recording their every action and words.
It’s a huge relief, Tranquill said of signing. It is a huge weight off my shoulders. It is something I have been looking forward to since about a year ago when I started this journey. Obviously, it has had its ups and downs and hardships, but now I finally get to sign on that dotted line and call it official. I woke up this morning ecstatic, and I have been on edge all day. I am extremely excited to start the next chapter in my life.
The snow and school closings didn’t keep the almost two dozen northeast Indiana players from signing. That usually happens via fax machine in the morning and then the celebration comes later in the day with friends and family, and sometimes cake.
It was worth it, said Hands, a defensive tackle. The roads weren’t too bad. I have been working toward this since I was in third grade and always seeing it on TV. It’s surreal to actually have it happen and to be signing on this day.
It’s the end of an interesting recruiting process for Tranquill, who originally committed to Purdue, then de-committed from the Boilermakers and made a new promise to the Irish.
Obviously sitting here I wouldn’t have wanted to have to de-commit, but I am glad I went through that, said Tranquill, who will play strong safety or outside linebacker for Notre Dame. That’s adversity in life, and it is something we have to learn to go through. I wouldn’t change a thing.
The remaining signing ceremonies were pushed back a day or two or even a week.
Others got help in sending their letters.
North Side senior linebacker D’Marcus Moon signed his letter Wednesday morning, then let his father take it to work and fax it to Eastern Michigan.
It’s a blessing, said Moon, who added it was a dream since he was 9 years old to play college football. I am thankful for a great opportunity.
Moon is in a group that includes Concordia quarterback David Morrison and New Haven receiver Jordan Hogue (Ball State) and South Side defensive end Nathan Braster (Western Michigan), who are going to Mid-American Conference schools.
The MAC is definitely on the rise, Moon said. They are producing some great ballplayers out of the MAC. I feel like taking my talents to Eastern Michigan that I am destined for success. They have some players who are playing in the MAC, and then going onto the NFL. People are taking the MAC more seriously.