Mitchell sees three football players sign on same day for first time
The Mitchell High cafeteria hosted a couple of firsts on signing day. Coach Andy Schmitz said it was the first time three football players signed on the same day and the Mustangs had their first Division I-A signee under him.
"You can tell how special this day is not just by how many people are here but who is here; college coaches, alumni, current students," Schmitz said. "Today we get to congratulate these kids for the work that no one sees them do."
Schmitz said the trio is an example to younger players coming up through the program. The aforementioned D-I signee was Devontay Taylor, who inked his LOI to play at Florida International University.
"The location was key and how I felt about visiting the school were factors in the decision," Taylor said of FIU. "There was also the opportunity to play right away."
Taylor enjoyed the prospect of making the team as a freshman and staying in his home state. He also was happy to be signing with two of his teammates that he came up with.
"It felt grea;, some of them we've been on the same team since eighth grade (at Seven Springs Middle School)," Taylor said.
Taylor said one of his fondest memories was winning a district title, a first in school history.
JJ Lewis, a two-sport athlete, chose West Florida for football. Lewis thanked basketball coach Jared St. Charles for putting up with him his freshman year and for helping him manage the two sports.
"It's a blessing to be here with my teammates, seeing them move up to the next level and having played with them," Lewis said.
The final signee was Cale Boggess, who wasn't even sure if he would be able to participate in signing day.
"I was worried I wouldn't be able to do this, that maybe there would be a later ceremony (for me)," he said. "Mount Union made it possible for me to sign today."
Boggess said that Mount Union University only signs 50 freshmen every year and that it is a selective process. Boggess spoke of mental toughness and that it was a hard thing to teach but he learned that toughness at Mitchell High