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Schools preparing to alter Signing Day plans

With winter storm bearing down, many ceremonies for National Signing Day will have to be postponed.
BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, Modified: January 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm •  Published: January 31, 2011

Southmoore quarterback Kendal Thompson has waited all his life to make it official and sign to play football for the Oklahoma Sooners.

His wait will be over Wednesday even if the celebration of his signing might be delayed a couple of days.

With a winter storm expected to hit the state late Monday night and Tuesday, schools are already beginning to think about how they will adapt for National Signing Day on Wednesday.

Southmoore athletic director Dewayne Hunter said even if school is closed, which will most likely be the case if the storm hits as hard as predicted, the letters of intent will be faxed to the respective schools.

Hunter said the ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m., will be changed to Friday at the same time. The SaberCats will have at least four students signing with perhaps more to come in the future. Joining Thompson will be football players Tylor Whitfield (East Central) and Austin Brooks (Wheaton College) and softball player Hartley Tyler (Mid-America).

“Yes, we've already planned ahead and will have the paperwork faxed Wednesday regardless,” Hunter said.

The faxed paperwork is crucial to the process. Without the universities receiving the information, the college coaches are not allowed to openly talk about that particular recruit signing.

If schools are closed, it shouldn't hinder any official signings. In almost every signing ceremony, that is not actually when the student is signing the letter of intent.

Most LOIs are signed and faxed the very first thing in the morning of Signing Day. The ceremony is an opportunity for the students to be celebrated by their family and peers.

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