• High School Seniors Sign-On to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to Play a College Sport

    In a celebration on February 3, nine additional members of the Class of 2016 signed early “letters of intent” to play in a college sport of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    The following students were recognized for participation in the National Letter of Intent (NLI) for the sports of Football, Soccer and Lacrosse:
    • Kevin Chrissis
    • Brandon Ford
    • Ryan Harkleroad
    • Matt Fennell
    • Ben Tobias
    • Maddy Rocks
    • Bri Murgi
    • Chelsea Johnston
    • Elaina Walnoha
    These athlete/scholars join the eight seniors who signed-on NLI in November: Sami Amos, Emma Hasco, Leah Kern, Kevin Liu, Charlotte Madson, Andrew Wheeler, Braedon Wong, and Emily Yoos.
    The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution:
    • A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
    • The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
    Started in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independent institutions, the NLI program now includes 650 Division I and Division II participating institutions. The NLI is a voluntary program with regard to both institutions and student-athletes. No prospective student-athlete or parent is required to sign the NLI and no institution is required to join the program.
    According to Athletic Director Mr. Matt Mellinger, “We are proud of these USC Panther scholar-athletes for making early commitments with the NCAA.”
    Bottom Row: Kevin Chrissis (Case Western), Brandon Ford (Pitt), Ryan Harkleroad (Dayton), Matt Fennell (Robert Morris)--ALL FOOTBALL
    Top Row: Ben Tobias (Otterbein-Larosse), Maddy Rocks (Johns Hopkins-Soccer), Bri Murgi (Wheeling Jesuit-Soccer), Chelsea Johnston (IUP-Lacrosse), Elaina Walnoha (Cleveland State-Soccer)