THOMASVILLE — Signing season is still in full force at high schools. Take Brookwood School on Tuesday morning, for example. Five Brookwood athletes in three different sports signed letters of intent Tuesday, with three signing in baseball, one in football and another in clay target shooting.
Baseball players Josh McCaskill signed with Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Parker Mirick signed with Andrew College in Cuthbert and Harper McLendon signed with Tallahassee Community College.
Callan Walker signed with Georgia Southern University’s shooting team, and Nathan Yokley signed to play football at the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s most prestigious academic institutions.
“Congratulations to all five players and their families and their coaches,” said Brookwood athletic director and head football coach Shane Boggs. “These are five guys who really pursued this for a long time. It’s a great day to see them sign. All five of them play for great teams.”
Warriors baseball coach Daniel Funt extolled the dedication of each of his players to sign a letter of intent Tuesday.
McCaskill has played all over the field, Funt said.
“He’s caught, he’s pitched, he’s played the outfield, and he’s played the infield,” Funt said. “He’s been a constant bat in the middle of our order.”
Funt said he can think of many times the lights were on at the batting cage while McLendon was in working on his swing.
“He’s got a great heart,” the coach said. “He’s a leader. I’m super proud of his work ethic and his dedication and determination. He’s an excellent bat at the top of the order.”
Mirick works on his game year-round, Funt said.
“He’s worked his tail off at showcases in front of college coaches,” Funt said. “He’s got a great attitude.”
Boggs said Yokley came to him in mid-season about the possibility of playing college football.
“He had nine schools he was looking at,” Boggs said. “We narrowed that to four.”
Thirty minutes after sending Yokley’s highlight clips to the coaches at the University of Chicago, they called back.
Yokley also has a 4.0 grade point average and made a 33 on the ACT.
“He worked his tail off to make this happen, both in the classroom and on the field,” Boggs said.
Walker, like many of those signing today, played several sports but will go to Georgia Southern for his aim.
“I could not be more proud of Callan,” said Brookwood clay target coach Mike Simpson.
Boggs pointed out the school has 41 sports, throughout its three levels, and noted that the objective is to get their student-athletes ready for college.
“It’s what we’re trying to do here,” Boggs said. “It’s a great day at Brookwood to see these five guys and their families achieve their goals.”