Recapping National Signing Day
February 3, 2017
National Signing Day is a turning point in many young player’s lives, often a gateway to a better life and more economic success. Every Feb. 1 is a new opportunity to begin a new chapter in one’s life. At 9 a.m. the media center was filled with administration, football coaches, football players, friends and family, all to support senior Kenneth Spiller. Spiller made his decision to sign to Charleston Southern University.
“I’m not nervous at all,” Spiller said. “I already know where I’m going.”
Spiller demonstrated his eagerness to attend the school by sporting a cap with the school’s initials on it.
“First I’d like to thank god for giving me the opportunity to play at a higher level,” Spiller said.
He sat at a plastic table surrounded by his coaches and family. He fixed his cap and smiled proudly while cameras flash brightly around him.
“Since I was 4 years old I’ve always wanted to go to college for free,” Spiller said. “I had to work hard, class first then hard work on the field.”
He gave the small audience seated before him an acceptance speech, while his family members recorded him on their phones, proud smiles on their faces.
“I’ll be spending the next four years at Charleston Southern University,” Spiller said.
That was the last thing he said before the audience responded with heavy applause and the football team shouted terms of endearment.
“We’re here for support,” senior Nick Jensen said. “We’re actually gonna sign later on in March.”
The crowd of football players consisted of juniors and seniors, all who looked at Spiller as someone who had earned what they could eventually accomplish.
“Hopefully some of these kids here will get signed later on in the year or for the juniors next year,” Jensen said.
Everyone in the crowd came to support Spiller, including administration and his counselor, Ms. Lisa Mallard.
“The Coaches showed me a lot of love when I visited the campus,” Spiller says. “The all saw potential in me and gave me this opportunity.”