Signing day 2020 came through like a blizzard in Texoma. We began the day at Sherman High School, where football standout Gage Smith signed on with West Texas A&M.
His teammate Ethan Bedgood chose baseball at U.T. Tyler. Bailey Tillotson will play soccer at Arkansas Rich Mountain, and Brenna Michaelsen will swim at Mount Holyoke.
"Going through all the morning lifts, and the practices," said Smith. "I took it 100% everyday because I knew what my ultimate goal was."
"I loved everything about the school," said Bedgood. "The facilities, the coaches, and the players. I went there and knew it was the place for me."
"I've had some good coaches over the years that have really helped my leadership," said Tillotson. "They gave me some really good opportunities throughout my four years."
"It has a higher academic standard," said Michaelsen. "I think it will let me be the person I want to be."
In Denison, they had a packed house too.
Christian Smallwood will play football at Cisco, his teammate Drew Williams goes to Howard Payne.
Baseball standout Zander Ramey heads to Hill College. Liz Lindwood will play softball at N.C.T.C. and Skylar Wood chose dance at Oklahoma Baptist.
"It gave me the same feeling that the coaches gave me here," said Smallwood. "Accepting me when I first walk in and showing me I can be great and believe in me."
"Signing my name, it's something I do everyday," said Williams. "But it's a great feeling to know that I'm going to the next level."
"I've dreamed of this day since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to play college baseball," said Ramey. "So it really means a lot to finally have this day come."
"I have really good connections with the coaches there," said Linwood. "I've already had a tour, so it's a good feeling for me."
"It's very exciting," said Wood. "I'm very glad to have the opportunity to be able to dance."
Durant was jam packed today too. Four football players making their decisions. Cooper McCoy and Jaxon Ingram head to U.C.O. Austin Reinecker and kicker Zach White are headed to Southeastern.
"It's just a lot of hard work paying off," said McCoy. "I feel like a dream of mine since I was a little kid, I'm just excited it's finally here."
"I've been playing football since I was 5 or 6," said Ingram. "I've just been dreaming of this day when I get to go to college to play football."
"It means everything to me. I've been dreaming about this day since 7th grade," said Reinecker. "I've taken on as much adversity as anyone else, and it's just a dream come true."
"It was never really my plan to be a college football player," said White. "God led me down this path, so I'm glad that I'm here."
Bells Lady Panthers softball star Cheyenne Floyd signed her letter to play at Tarleton, while tennis player Zoe Sprayberry signs with Howard Payne.
"It feels great, I've just put so much hard work and effort into everything," said Floyd. "I'm just so excited to be a Texan."
"It felt right at the time, and the coach was super nice," said Sprayberry. "I feel like I would fit in really well there."
In Pottsboro, football star Cy Shope will suit up for Western Colorado State. Laklynn Fulenchek will play golf at Newman University..
"I just love the place, it's a home away from home," said Shope. "To play the sport that I love, at the place that I love, I'm excited."
"When I walked on campus, it just felt like home," said Fulenchek. "Everybody knew each other, so it kind of reminded me of Pottsboro. So it made me feel at home, so I knew it was the one."
Tom Bean's Kaleb Graham is heading to Ada to play at East Central, and Whitesboro football standout Kasen Todd signs to play at Hardin-Simmons.
In Van Alstyne, quarterback Tym Rosenthal will also play at Hardin-Simmons. his teammate Hunter Griffin goes to William Jewell, and Jake Loganbill heads to Lamar.
"Academics are a big part of my decision," said Graham. "College football lasts awhile, but it ends some where. So, for me I wanted to make sure that I had my academics handled."
"It felt big enough to make it feel like college, but it was small enough that it still felt like home." Said Todd.
"The coaches, the atmosphere, everything about the culture there, it just spoke to me," said Rosenthal. "I just felt like home when I went there on my visit."
"Hopefully, maybe have a chance at starting, or be the first backup," said Griffin. "I'm just hoping to get a lot of playing time."
"My goal right now is to start as a freshman, for sure," said Loganbill. "I don't want to be red-shirted, I want to see the field as a freshman, and make an impact right away."