Several star student-athletes at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School officially signed their letters of intent with the colleges of their choice on February 5.
The signings were part of National Signing Day, the first day that football players can officially commit to a college.
Lawrence Griffin, a quarterback at Proviso East who attends Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma.
In a ceremony at Proviso West, parents, students, coaches, and administrators celebrated signings by Denzel Tolliver, a tight end who will attend Northern Illinois University on a full scholarship next fall; Hakeem Zeb, a wide receiver/defensive back who will attend Lindenwood University-Belleville in Belleville, Illinois; and Ed Christian, a linebacker who will attend Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. In addition, Charles Scott, a running back, was recognized as he weighs options from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, while Mikaela Boyd, a basketball guard, was honored as she has signed with the University of Toledo (Ohio).
Lawrence had considered Eastern Illinois University and Valparaiso University. He said that he ultimately chose Northwestern Oklahoma State, a Division II school, after talking with the coaching staff and other players.
"They really sold me on the school," said Lawrence, who plans to major in either sports journalism or business management. "They run the offense that I was hoping to run in college. They also have the best opportunity for me to start as a true freshman."
At Proviso West, Mr. Calvin Davis, assistant principal for athletics and activities, said that Mikaela is the Panthers’ leading scorer while also an honors students at PMSA. She had been recruited by Florida Atlantic University, Oakland University, and the University of Missouri before signing with Toledo in November 2013. Ms. Kanitra Boyd, Mikaela’s mother, said that they liked the community feel of the school and how much they supported the women’s athletics programs, thoughts that were echoed by Mikaela.
"You go there and you get the support," Mikaela said. "I’m looking forward to working with (Toledo women’s basketball coach, Tricia Cullop)."
Denzel was recruited by Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Indiana, and Purdue before choosing Northern Illinois, a Mid-American Conference school in DeKalb that has become a national power in recent years. He said that he was excited about going to college next fall.
"It’s great to know where I’m going to college and that it won’t cost my parents any money," he said.
Congratulations to all of our student-athletes who continue to help Keep Proviso Rising on the field and in the classroom!