Young Area Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Mother nature was in a bad mood, but that did not spoil the day one bit for many young athletes.

Wednesday is National Letter of Intent Day, and there were plenty of kids and families enjoying a big moment.

Ten years ago, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was signing his national letter of intent to play football at Ohio State University. Wednesday, he watched as Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith signed their letters of intent to join Urban Meyer in Columbus.

“It’s a dream come true since I was young. I wanted to play football or college football and maybe the NFL and this is just the next step for me,” said Marson Lattimore.

“Growing up we watched Glenville, and Glenville led us to Ohio State so it’s more like following our dream,” Erick Smith said.

Meyer's recruiting class ranks in the top five in the nation, a big reason the signing of Parris Campbell and Dante Booker from Akron St. Vincent St. Mary's.

A historic day at Cleveland Heights High School as A'Shanti Abshaw becomes the first girls basketball player to sign a division 1 scholarship in nearly 20 years, she is heading to Cleveland State.

“It’s an honor, like I’m really blessed. I thank God every single day for blessing me with the opportunity to compete at a Division 1 level,” she said.

Over at St. Ignatius High School, 16 student-athletes are continuing their playing career at the next level including Michael Siragusa who is headed to Yale University and Kyle Berger who will wear the scarlet and gray next year.

“It’s unbelievable, growing up playing football with your little brothers in the backyard you always dream of scoring a touchdown or making the biggest tackle ever and it can become a reality now that I’m playing for Ohio State and coach Meyer,” Berger said.

2 comments

    • Christina

      Yes! They CAN study!! My brother will be playing for Johns Hopkins University. He has maintained a 4.6 gpa at St. Eds, the HIGHEST GPA for an athlete in school history. Whhhaaaat?! Surprised?! Did you do that well in high school?? Probably NOT. Hater.

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