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Big Bend, South Georgia athletes take advantage of early signing period

Posted at 11:34 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 23:34:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Wednesday was day one of the early signing periods for all sports but football, and it did not disappoint.

The Florida State women's basketball program is getting a top notch player right out of South Georgia.

Makayla Timpson, a four-star forward from Early County High, signed her national letter of intent to play for the Seminoles.

The longtime Florida State commit is the 48th overall player in the 2021 class who's averaging over 20 points per game for her high school career, and she said she can't wait to wear Garnet and Gold.

"They been here since the eighth grade, and they're good people," said Tipson. "It's an opportunity I can't miss out on. We've been going to church in Tallahassee a couple Sundays. It's a good atmosphere. Coach Sue is a good atmosphere, and I can't get enough of her at times!"

The South Georgia signing party rolled on at Brookwood as the Warriors celebrated two Division I signees.

Jack Boltja will play golf at Georgia Southern, while Jacob Lauderdale will suit up for Coastal Carolina on the baseball diamond. The friends say they're glad this day is finally here.

"I love the game of golf, and I'm just glad I get to play for another four years competitively," said Boltja. "I just really like the coaches there. They have a really good program. The facilities are nice, and it's just a good culture out there. Everyone just really gets after it."

"One of the things my parents stressed was not only for baseball but also college," Lauderdale said. "I fell in love with the college. I thought it was beautiful the campus. You're going to be there for four years; you might as well like the people you're with. I loved the coaches. I loved the staff. I thought it was a good fit for me."

The Chiles girls swim, and dive team just celebrated their second straight State Championship, and what a week it's been for distance swimmer Emily Chorpening as Wednesday she signed with Colorado State.

Chorpening said it's been a journey to get here.

Last year she had a concussion and broke her foot, then her mom had a stroke. But she stuck with it, working her way out of a plateau in the midst of COVID to make things official with the Rams. It's the perfect ending to a lot of hard work.

"It makes today so special," said Chorpening. "I'm just glad I've had my teammates through this time. They've really helped me. My coaches did really well through this process. We've never experienced a two or three-month break from swimming; we've only had a week at most. They helped us so much during this process. We came out better than we ever could have in this situation."

Congrats to all of our early signees!