Local athletes get ready for college play

Published 9:09 am Friday, February 6, 2015

Signing Day is one of the biggest days of the year for college sports fans.

It’s a day when college fans feel like their teams are going to improve because they’ve added to their roster.

It’s a hope that everybody who signs will be just as successful in college as they were in high school.

It’s also a great time for that player’s family, friends, high school coach, teammates and classmates who have watched this player grow as a person and as an athlete for the course of their high school careers.

Wednesday was National Signing Day all across the country, and in Washington Parish, two schools had players sign.

Pine’s Derrick signed to play at LSU. Dillon played quarterback for Pine but will transition to wide receiver. He played the receiver position in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and caught a touchdown in front of a national audience.

Franklinton celebrated the signing of three players, including offensive linemen Adrian Magee and P.J. Burkhalter, and utility baseball player Morgan Angelo.

Like Dillon, Magee is heading to LSU. Burkhalter is taking his talents to Thibodaux after signing a letter of intent to go to Nicholls State University and play for the Colonels. Angelo is going to play at LSU-Eunice.

Although these are the only four student-athletes from Washington Parish who have signed letters of intent thus far, more could be signing before the 2015-16 school year begins.

The Daily News congratulates these players and everyone who has been involved in helping them reach this point, and we wish them good luck the rest of this school year and in college.