National Signing Day is a time for celebration on one’s accomplishments throughout a high school career. For seven Sherman Bearcats, their athletic talents have propelled them to take their talents to the next level.
Three football players, three soccer players and one softball player each signed national letters of intent on Wednesday morning.
Nathaniel Omayebu signed with Angelo State while safety Austin Bindel and linebacker Jalyn Cotton both signed with Wayland Baptist University in Plainview. Each player played a key role on offense in the Bearcats return to the playoffs in 2017 after a four-year absence.
“I feel great,” Omayebu said. “It’s just what I’ve been working for all of my life and I’m just happy that I’ve accomplished it. I’m thankful to God that he’s helped me all the way through.”
The standout running back, who totaled 1,404 yards and 20 touchdowns on 235 carries and was a first-team all-district selection as a senior, picked Angelo State for the welcoming environment that the school provides.
“It felt like family and it felt like home,” Omayebu said. “I’m grateful to get that opportunity at the next level. I’m ready to play.”
Meanwhile, Bindel and Cotton, who were both second-team all-district selections in 2017, credited the family atmosphere around the football program. They’re also ready for the opportunity of playing at the next level with each other.
“We know each other like the back of our hands,” Bindel said. “Whether it’s me playing safety or him playing linebacker, we’ll have good chemistry with each other.”
Added Cotton: “I’m very excited to play with Austin. We’ve known each other since we were six years old and have great chemistry together.”
Meanwhile, three Lady Bearcat soccer standouts will all be heading 65 miles up the road together to play at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla. Midfielders Lauren Goolsby and Jessie Gramajo along with defender Mary Kate Adami each signed with the Aggies and know that they can depend on each other in college.
“It’s exciting,” Adami said. “We’ve all been planning on this for a couple of months and we finally get to sign together today and it’s special.”
“It’s great to have people that you know coming up there with you,” Goolsby said. “Since you’re going to a new place, it’s comforting to have someone that you can lean on.”
Gramajo added that she enjoys the fact the trio will all be playing close to home.
“I think it’s going to be great,” she said. “I’ll be close to home and my family so I’ll get to visit them more often.”
One more Lady Bearcat also signed to play at the next level. Sherman infielder Ariel Garcia signed to play softball at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig, Colorado. The senior is looking forward to continuing her career in a familiar place.
“When I went to visit, the coaches and the girls on the team made it feel like home,” Garcia said. “It’s also closer to my hometown so it’s a good fit.”
As the seven Bearcats move on to the next chapter of their lives after high school, they’re excited for what’s to come but are also embracing sharing the spotlight together on this day.
“It’s awesome to see all of us sign,” Gramajo said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to move forward.”
“It’s cool to see all of us move on to this next chapter,” Garcia said. “And we’re able to continue something that we’re really passionate about.”