PISCATAWAY, NJ – Wednesday was National Signing Day 2017 and many senior high school student-athletes from around the country formally announced the colleges and universities where they will continue their athletic careers.
At Piscataway High School, dozens of family members, friends, teammates, coaches, and even Mayor Brian Wahler gathered for a ceremony in the school’s media center where five football players and three women’s soccer players signed their letters of intent to play on the collegiate level.
“You guys are elite, you’re in a group above everyone else,” said the school’s athletic director, Rob Harmer who explained how only about 6% of all high school athletes move on to play college athletics.
Jason Lester, the high school’s principal encouraged the student-athletes to continue to do well with their academics.
“We are extremely proud of your hard work, but none of this would be possible if you didn’t put the hard work into the classroom,” he said to them. “I’m very confident that you’re going to make us proud and become the Chiefs that we know you’re going to be.”
Jen Vroman, head coach for the women’s soccer team remarked how special Wednesday’s signing day was for her as she watched her three senior players, Lela Allen, Ayana Garvin and Janiah Lambert make their commitments.
“I got to coach these three when they were 8 or 9 years old so I’ve been able to see them grow and succeed throughout the years,” Vroman told the audience. “They’ve gotten better year after year and are the core group (of players) that got us to where we needed to be.”
Coach Dan Higgins wanted the seniors to understand that there is more work to be done as they navigate through college as a student-athlete.
“The next step is going to be more challenging,” said Higgins. “But what we know right now is that these guys and girls are ready to put the work in to take it to the next level because that’s what Chiefs do.”
Where they will play:
Elijah Barnwell – Rutgers University
Nazir James – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Brevin Donerson – Lackawanna University
Ibn Robinson - Lackawanna University
Abdel Mohamed - Lackawanna University
Lela Allen – Wagner University
Ayana Garvin – Hampton University
Janiah Lambert – Clark University
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