Five Nation Ford athletes have signed to play college sports after graduating high school.
Two girls’ lacrosse players and baseball, softball and volleyball athletes all made their commitments official recently with a ceremony at the school. Samantha McNeil and Alicia Izzo will both be playing lacrosse in college with McNeil going to Winthrop University and Izzo going to Belmont-Abbey College.
McNeil said she considered going to Belmont Abbey, but the offer from Winthrop was too good to pass up. McNeil said she wanted to play for a college what would help elevate her game.
“I could tell it was a place that I would be playing better at,” McNeil said.
One thing McNeil will have at Winthrop is a new coach. Her dad, Tom McNeil, has been coaching her since she was 4 years old and that continued all the way through her career at Nation Ford. McNeil will be majoring in dietetics at Winthrop.
Izzo said she has wanted to go to Belmont Abbey since before hgih school.
“I have loved that school since I was in the eighth grade,” she said. “I really fell in love with the school.”
Izzo looked at Presbyterian College and some colleges in Alabama, but wanted to be closer to home. She said she also liked the faith-based aspect of Belmont Abbey. Izzo said she plans on majoring in sports management.
Her brother, Greg Izzo, will be playing baseball at Surry Community College in North Carolina. He thought about Spartanburg Methodist College and some colleges in Ohio and Virginia, but said the two-year school was the first to make an offer to him. He plans on majoring in education and wants to be a teacher.
“It was a place I can go and get a lot of playing time,” he said. “I liked the coaches and the community is real welcoming. It is going to be fun.”
Darby Trull will be heading out of state and playing softball at Virginia Tech University. Her sister attends Coastal Carolina, and Trull had thought about going there, but decided she wanted to follow her own path.
“When I went there it was just an awesome atmosphere,” she said.
Trull had verbally committed during her sophomore year and had known for a while that she wanted the bigger school atmosphere the Atlantic Coast Conference school offered.
Volleyball star Quin Sutphin will be playing volleyball at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Sutphin, a third team Under Armor All-American in the sport, got about 13 offers to choose from.
“I really wanted to stay somewhere down South,” she said. “The environment is real welcoming” at Kennesaw State, she said.
Sutphin, who got her 1,000th career kill in the volleyball season, plans on majoring in biology.
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