By Mike Bruu, TSB Staff
For hundreds of young student-athletes across the country, the first Wednesday in February is a chance to finally celebrate all the hard work they put in to their young careers, and make it official on how they will be spending the next four years of their lives.
Several dedicated McKinney students got the honor of signing their letter of intent in front of family, coaches, and friends Wednesday. 20 athletes from six different sports will move on to the collegiate level from McKinney and McKinney Boyd High School, signing their intent with 18 different schools.
McKinney Boyd was the only school in the city to have two football players sign to Division-I schools. Jamal Palmer, who will attend Baylor — home of 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III — says the atmosphere was his biggest reason for signing with the Bears.
“I’m looking forward to how the team is a family,” Palmer said. “They all seem to work together really well.”
Palmer also said that he doesn’t intend to give Baylor anything less than 100 percent every day.
“My biggest fear would be not working hard enough, that I wouldn’t put out enough effort,” he said.
Cameron Decell, who signed Wednesday to play for Rice University, stated that he chose the Owls not so much for the athletic opportunities, but what the school can offer him in the classroom.
“I’m most excited about the academic opportunities because Rice is ranked 14th in the nation,” said an excited Decell. Cameron plans to become a petroleum engineer while attending Rice.
Don Drake, the athletic director and head football coach at Boyd, offered his congratulations to all of his football signees. “I’m very proud of you and very excited for you,” Drake said. “We know how hard you have all worked for the opportunity to continue to play football and get an education.”
From the entire Town Square Buzz staff, we would like to congratulate every student-athlete who signed this afternoon and will continue to represent the city of McKinney on their journey through college the next four years.
Here is a complete list of all the signees from Wednesday’s Signing Day, and also check out a National Signing Day Image Gallery on TSB by clicking here.
Cameron Decell Rice University
Jamal Palmer Baylor University
Jacob Hill Trinity Valley Junior College
Jackson Dennis Lindenwood University Div. 2
Girls Soccer College
Courtney Cox University of Central Oklahoma
Anna Davies St. Edward’s University
Kara Dugall Rice University
Amanda Elertson University of Nebraska
Caity Heap Texas Tech University
Lindsey Jones Abilene Christian University
Audrey McGinnis St. Edward’s University
Madison Thompson Taylor University
Girls Golf College
Autumn Hexamer UT-Tyler
Boys Soccer College
Joe Haines Colorado School of Mines
Kevin Wright College of the Holy Cross
Boys Track College
Matt Reynolds Southern Arkansas
Girls Soccer College
Elizabeth Zupanic University of Louisiana, Monroe
Tori Hurlburt Bacone College, OK
Nicole Gostic St. Edward’s University
Cross Country College
Meghan Shea University of Texas, Austin