The first Wednesday in February is always a big deal for high school athletes who possess the talent to continue their sport at the collegiate level.
That day started early for Van Alstyne standouts Connor Mayes and Evan McQuirk as they inked Letters of Intent at a 7:30 a.m. event at the Van Alstyne High School library.
In front of a large crowd of family and friends, and with full television coverage, the two young men enjoyed the moment.
Mayes, who was just recently named to the 2013 American Family Insurance All-State football team, will join brother Alex at the University of Minnesota.
For the 6-5, 310 pounder it’s following a goal that both brothers had to play together at the Division I level.
“We’ve been talking about that since middle school, how much fun it would be to play together, and it’s a relief to get signed.” Mayes said.
“Having Alex already up there will be a big help to me getting adjusted and all. We are going to share an apartment so that will be good.”
Mayes should fit in well with the Big Ten program as run blocking is his favorite style of play. At this time, Mayes is undecided on his field of study. The Mayes family will be traveling to Minneapolis later on Wednesday, as new recruits are introduced at the school.
Van Alstyne senior Evan McQuirk also made his college choice official, signing his Letter of Intent with Oklahoma Christian University in Edmund, Okla.
McQuirk, coming off of his state championship in cross-country, is excited about the school and his new teammates.
“When I visited the school, they just made me feel like a part of the family, showing me around the school and area.” McQuirk said. “I wanted to go to a faith-based school that stressed the Christian beliefs and I think I made the right choice.”
McQuirk, who wants to pursue a educational path in physical training, hopes someday to be an athletic trainer. He also had offers from Oklahoma Baptist University and Stephen F. Austin.
McQuirk, anxious to get into his final high school season of track, is looking forward to something new, the indoor track season.
“I just competed in an indoor event at Texas A&M and it’s a little different than the outdoor stuff,” he said.
With the dedication that both of these young men have shown to their family, school and sport, we think both will do just fine.