But for the last week in north Fulton hundreds of baseball players, swimmers, golfers, wrestlers and other athletes took part in the NCAA’s early signing period, giving them their chance to don the ball cap, sweater or T-shirt of their future team and sign scholarships of their own.
At Roswell High School, Hornet baseball coach Mike Power saw six of his seniors make things official — pledging their intentions to play for some of the top baseball programs in the southeast.
“You always feel good for the kids when they get to this day, especially for so many of them that have had this goal and this dream for such a long time,” said the Roswell coach. “Their parents have invested a lot of time into their careers, the kids have worked hard and it’s nice to see these dreams become reality.”
The Roswell six include two senior pitchers taking their talents to the Atlantic Coast Conference — Syd Hopkins heading to Georgia Tech and Connor Johnstone to Wake Forest.
“Syd’s a guy with a power arm and I think he’ll pick up even more velocity and be dominant on the next level. Connor is another good one, has really good command of three pitches and knows how to pitch,” said Power.
Shortstop Matt Meeder and catcher Drew Davis signed scholarships to play on rival teams in the Sun Belt Conference, with Meeder bound for Mercer and Davis headed to Kennesaw State.
“Matt is one of the best players I’ve ever had defensively and he led us in hitting for the last two years too. Drew is just versatile; he has tremendous arm strength, is a good athlete and will develop into a very very good college catcher.”
Alex Dickerson is taking his power bat to West Point and side-winding righty Zach Chandler signed a scholarship to play for Division-II power Georgia College and State University.
“We’ll probably have three or four more guys sign later in the year too,” said Power, glowing about the strength of the 2013 senior class. “We knew this group would be pretty good when they showed up and a lot of them have been playing for me since they were tenth graders.”