Proviso East’s Joshua Terry, Proviso West’s Rhashaun Epting Sign to Study and Play Football at Colleges
February 26, 2016 08:40 AM
Joshua Terry, a senior safety on the Proviso East High School football team, and Rhashaun Epting, a senior linebacker on the Proviso West High School, signed their letters of intent to attend and play football at the University of Central Missouri and the University of New Mexico, respectively, on Wednesday, February 3.
The signings were part of National Signing Day on February 3, in which football players across the country officially indicated the colleges for which they will compete and attend next year. Student-athletes were allowed to begin sending their letters of intent at 7:01 a.m. that day as college football teams signed most of their next freshman class.
"This is a great opportunity for these students to be able to continue their education after graduation," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "To be able to do so with the support of their schools and their families is an asset that all students need in order to succeed."
At Proviso East, Joshua’s signing was attended by his mother, Ms. Cordelia Dotson, his teammates, and other students and teachers in the school’s social room. Joshua said that he ultimately chose the University of Central Missouri, an NCAA Division II school in Warrensburg, Missouri, because "it just felt like home."
"When I was there, they treated me with much respect," he said. "They treated me like I was one of their own. It was like I was a Pirate there. My mom played a role in my decision, too. I felt like I didn’t have to look around anymore."
Joshua said that he plans to major in communications and minor in business.
Rhashaun was flanked by family as he signed his letter of intent to the University of New Mexico, a Football Bowl Subdivision school that competes in the Mountain West Conference that played in the New Mexico Bowl last season. He said that he had been considered by other NCAA Division I schools including the University of Minnesota, Western Michigan University, and the University of Kentucky, but ultimately chose New Mexico.
"I fell in love with the coaches and the players," Rhashaun said. "It felt like the perfect fit. They called me yesterday to confirm and they gave me an offer. It was a blessing and it was the right thing. Now I’m ready to work."
Rhashaun said that he plans to major in accounting.
Congratulations to Joshua and Rhashaun for helping to Keep Proviso Rising!
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