National Signing Day 2018

Buchanan student-athletes sign their letters of intent. From left to right: Kyndel Borman, soccer, Masters University; Alexa Marchini, soccer, Northern Arizona; Trevor Ervin, wrestling, Air Force Academy; Ethan Leake, wrestling, Northern Colorado; Maesyn Rix, basketball, Sacramento State.

High school student athletes from across the Valley and all over the country made their college choice official Wednesday. But, National Signing Day did not include as many football players as it had in the past.

Traditionally, the first Wednesday in February has been *the day* for football signees - not so this year.

"It's totally different. You know, it's totally different," said Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford. "Usually, the night before signing day you're up all night long."

Tedford could sleep easy this week, after 14 of the 15 players in his 2018 recruiting class signed back in December, during the new Early Signing Period. Tedford explains why this saved on stress, and money: "Because you're not running around doing a bunch of home visits through the whole month of don't run the risk of people coming and poaching your guys at the very end...didn't have to have a lot of recruiting visits in January. I really liked the early signing day, I thought it was a huge benefit to us."

Recruiting services rank the Bulldogs' class as middle of the pack in the Mountain West - 5th by and 7th by 247Sports.

Tedford again said his staff put a lot of energy into keeping kids home. Eight of the 15 signees are from the Valley.

Now, there was almost one more - before Central linebacker Jacob Hollins got a phone call at 6 o'clock Wednesday morning from Illinois coach Lovie Smith.

"Went to bed last night thinking I'm going to be a Bulldog," said Hollins. "And then I just kinda woke up this morning and that's when he offered me, and I just committed on the spot."

Hollins had visited the campus just last weekend, but was waiting to see if the team could make room for one more scholarship.

"I had really liked it," said Hollins. "I blended with the players really well, had a great relationship with the coaches."

Wednesday was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. A proud moment for family, coaches and athletes.

Buchanan wrestler Trevor Ervin is headed to the Air Force Academy. "I'm going to put myself around the people that are going to help me build myself toward the person I want to become," said Ervin. "It's going to put me around people who have similar morals and have the same work ethic as I do, and I think that's just going to help me to succeed in life."

Clovis West soccer star Adriana Maldonado committed to Nebraska her sophomore year. "It was always a fit for me," said Maldonado. "I was ready to go and explore the Midwest, I have a lot of family out there, so it was really exciting. I want to spread my wings and explore something new."

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