This spring, nine athletes are taking a big step and signing with various colleges to continue their athletic career. Athletes perform in various sports such as: baseball, basketball, cross country and football. These athletes will soon attend schools all around the country.
Harrison Cook, University of Richmond football commit, played football all four years of high school. According to his stats, he threw 1,081 yards during his senior year along with his 70 catches, 14 touchdowns and zero fumbles.
Callen Davidson, Davidson College football commit, has played football all four years of high school and is a three-year letterman. He started in all 12 games during the 2016 season. Coach Franklin Pridgen said, “[He was] usually out-sized by opponents, but never outworked.” Davidson said, “I’m very excited to be going to play football in college, but I’ll definitely miss all of my teammates at Wesleyan and all the great experiences we’ve shared. Some of the best moments we’ve shared as a team have been celebrating in the locker room after wins and the position dinners on Thursday nights.”
Bailey Edwards, Rhodes College basketball commit, has played Wesleyan basketball since middle school and has been a part of two state championships. She was a key player for the Lady Wolves because of her willingness to play hard. Coach Jan Azar said, “Her contributions on the court for us were key to our team winning a region and a state championship. Her attitude and hard work are what I will remember most about Bailey.”
Capri Frazier, Berry College basketball commit, has played Wesleyan basketball since middle school and has been a part of two state championships. Frazier did an amazing job coming back from a knee injury her senior year. Coach Jan Azar said, “I am really proud of that effort and commitment to her team to work so hard to help us win a region and state championship this season.”
Grant Frerking, University of Tennessee football commit, played football all four years of high school and is a three-year letterman. Frerking played in all 12 of his senior year season games where he threw 608 yards with nine touchdowns. He had three touchdowns and scored a total of 9 points during his senior year. He is the second leading wide receiver on the team. He emerged as a senior and was a huge part of the 2016 varsity team.
Justin Gustafson, Sewanee baseball commit, had most of his playing time during his senior season. According to Coach Brian Krehmeyer, Gustafson’s best game was just after his signing ceremony. The baseball team played Eagles Landing Christian School where he drove home three runs and collected three hits. He is an infielder playing second base, who was a stabilizing factor for the collective infielders. Krehmeyer said, “He has provided leadership for our younger middle infielders.”
Sophia Kidder, University of Georgia cross country commit, earned the top mail carrier award (which means she ran a new personal record each season). Kidder currently holds the 17th spot on the Wesleyan’s all-time record board with a lifetime record of 20:51. From the four years she ran cross country, she improved her time by 25:34 her freshman year to an amazing 20:51 her senior year.
Sean McDonough, Sewanee basketball commit, is a three-year varsity player along with senior team captain. Throughout his high school career, he has made 803 points with 42 shots made from the three point line. McDonough played in the Gwinnett Co Senior All-Star game and was named to the Joe Marelli Courage Award. McDonough said he is excited to play basketball at the University of the South in the winter.
Adam Moon, Samford University football commit, played varsity football all four years of high school. During his senior year, he played in all 12 games with 80 tackles and 52 assists. Moon said, “The signing ceremony was a great experience for me and my family. It made me excited to play football next year at Samford.”
Jordan Ward, Jacksonville University baseball commit, is all over the baseball record board for his pitching statistics. He is tied for second in career wins with 27 total wins. He is also tied for second in career complete games with 15 games. He is also third in innings pitched with 211 and 2/3rds. Ward holds several single season records from his sophomore and junior seasons. Ward said, “My best moment was winning the state championship sophomore year. The thing I’m going to miss most about the baseball team is the brotherhood and just the friendships and memories that I’ve made during my time here.”
Ryan Weed, Johns Hopkins University football commit, has played football all four years in high school, lettering all four years. He saw action at linebacker as a freshman and has played actively ever since. He is tied for second on the team with 80 total tackles during his 2016 / senior season. According to Coach Franklin Pridgen, Weed is probably one of Wesleyan’s best pass rushers. Weed said, “It was really cool to see some of my best friends, along with myself, fulfill their dreams of playing collegiate sports.”
Last winter, two other athletes signed for soccer to two different schools to also further their athletic career into a collegiate level.
TJ Anderson, University of Louisville soccer commit, has played soccer all four years of her high school career. During her time playing, she has made 78 goals in total. She is a midfield and forward player who has also played with All-County three years in a row along with A-AAAAA Player of the Year during her junior year. She said, “Honestly, playing college soccer has been my dream and I can’t wait for it to be a reality!”
Abigail Mitchell, Clemson University soccer commit, has played soccer for four years during her high school career. Mitchell plays defense and midfield positions where she has played with All-County teams during her sophomore and junior. She has made a totally of 39 goals in her high school career.