Before six Lambert athletes could sign to play their respective sports on Wednesday morning, Dr. Gary Davison offered a reminder of what the day was really about.
“You guys don’t see the way younger kids look at you,” the school’s principal said. “But I do. They want to be just like you one day.”
National Signing Day at Lambert was relatively low-key—no live bulldogs, no hat ceremonies, no ESPN cameras. There didn’t need to be any drama.
Three football players—Trevon McSwain (Duke), Adison Schimmelpfennig (Georgetown) and Will Dunavant (Army) all had announced their college decisions ahead of time, and all three kept their word.
Ander Crenshaw signed to play golf Wednesday at Montreat College in North Carolina.
Darron You, part of Lambert’s powerhouse boys lacrosse program, signed to play at the University of Tampa in Florida.
Olivia Haugan, who helped Lambert girl’s soccer to an 11-7 record and a state playoff appearance last season, signed for Wingate University, southeast of Charlotte, N.C.
“My goal from the start was to use football to get in to a school I couldn’t get in to on my own,” Schimmelpfennig said.
Schimmelpfenning, the Forsyth County News’ defensive player of the year, committed to Georgetown in January over offers from Princeton, Harvard, and Dartmouth. He tried for months to get in touch with the Hoyas’ coaching staff last year, but when Rob Sgarlata took over as head coach last February, Schimmelpfenning finally heard back.
He had a little help from Lambert junior offensive lineman Sean Bailey’s dad, a longtime friend of Sgarlata’s.
Dunavant chose Army football late last week over Wofford baseball; the U.S. Military Academy is No. 9 on Forbes’ list of best colleges in America. College football wasn’t much of a reality for Dunavant until after film from his senior year went out to coaches.
Duke, where McSwain committed on June 17 of last year, is No. 23 on that Forbes list, and Georgetown, where Schimmelpfennig will study international business, ranks 28th. McSwain only visited one other school, Miami (Fla.) after he committed; the 6-foot-6 defensive end took two visits to Duke in November and December, making him a rare, low-stress recruit for Blue Devils coaches.
Now, the real work begins. Schimmelpfenning, Dunavant and McSwain will continue to work with the Lambert coaching staff to stay in shape in preparation.
“It’s great, I’m so excited,” Schimmelpfenning said. “I think we’re all ready to take that next step.”