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East Lake's signing day ceremony included three football players -- WR Tyler Higbee (Western Kentucky), DB Chris Leppinen (University of Charleston) and K Cameron Mitchell (Charleston Southern) -- from a team that went 7-4 and made the playoffs as a district runnerup.
Higbee and Mitchell both made their decisions early, committing to their respective schools within the past two months.
"It's a great feeling and relief to sign," said Higbee, who will likely convert to a tight end in college. "I really like the coaching staff and the school. I never wavered from my decision."
Leppinen was a late decision and did not commit until Monday. He had other visits planned for John Carroll and Truman State, but canceled them after going to Charleston.
"I just like the feel of the campus and it had nice view," he said. "Plus I just wanted to get it over with and be able to sign today."
Eagles coach Bob Hudson said he could have as many as four more players sign within the next few months, including lineman Logan Williamson. Hudson said he should make a decision within the next week.