National signing day


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Sixteen students are standing on stage. After they just signed their letter of intent. Jammie Robinson said, “this was a tough decision, but I think it was the best for my future.”

Signing day occurs two times per year for football. There is an early signing period and the national signing day. The early signing is usually the third week in December, while the national day is the first Wednesday of February. This is when a high school senior can sign a binding national letter of intent for a collegiate sport with a school that is a member of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 

On December 18, 2019, three Lee County Trojans signed on the early signing period. Wing Green (12), Parker Rodgers (12), and Kyle Toole (12). Green signed to Georgia Tech, Parker Rodgers signed to Middle Tennessee,  and Kyle Toole signed to Troy. All three schools compete on the division one playing field, however, they are all in different conferences. Georgia Tech is a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Middle Tennessee is in the USA Football Conference, and Troy is in the Sun Belt Conference. All three of Lee County early signers served on the offense of the Trojans.

Green plays on the offensive line at right tackle. He appeared in every game for the Trojans in 2019.

“I had just gotten back from my official visit and they made me feel just like I was at home. From the coaches, the players, and to the environment,” Green said.

Toole served as a two year starter at quarterback for the Trojans. He also led them to two consecutive region championships, as well as a state championship in 2018. Toole had already been committed to Troy since June 8, 2019.

 “It was a dream come true, also something I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Toole said.

Rodgers played two positions on the offensive line as well as on special teams for the Trojans. He is also a two year starter that helped gain two consecutive region championships, as well as a state championship in 2018. He left on January 19, 2020 to attend Middle Tennessee. 

 “I’m trying to get a head start on some other players, to put me in a better position come this fall,” Rodgers said.

Last year there were sixteen Lee County football players that signed on national signing day. Jalen Barner, Tranard Bell, Griffin Carder, Deangelo Carter, Loronza Coller, Noa Cruz, Derrick Gorsuch, Reagan Harrell, Anthony Harvey, Zay Hicks, Shaun Kimbrough, Dashawn King, Eric Price, Daveon Sanders, Tay Mayo, and Jammie Robinson.