TCC celebrates 7 athletes on signing day, virtually

Posted at 11:36 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 23:36:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — If you had the chance to play college athletics, you remember your Signing Day. It's the culmination of a lot of hard work.

Seven Tallahassee Community College athletes signed to continue their careers at four year schools, and even though they couldn't be together it was still a day of celebration.

Sports may be suspended, but Signing Day rolls on.

At Tallahassee Community College, the Eagles celebrated five basketball and two baseball players over the computer.

"I'm happy to see everybody here and taking time out of their day to make this happen," Erik Hester said.

It's a day these seven will remember forever.

"I committed to Coastal Carolina," said Daivon Stephens.

"It's always been a dream of mine," said Leighton Alley. "I grew up watching Florida State."

"Next season, I'll be playing at Ohio University," Rifen Miguel said.

Seven dreams realized, but they'll never forget Tallahassee.

"Having three years at TCC was a blessing," said Luke Ard. "It was fun. It was very fun. Playing for Coach McLeod was an awesome experience. I'm very glad and honored to play for TCC."

"Coming here in JUCO, everybody wants the same thing," Tariq Silver said. W"e all had to work. Playing for us, as of right now, eight Division One signees. It just shows how competive practice was everyday. I mean it was the best decision I made my whole life."

A decision that bonds them.

"Whether we're on Zoom or whether we were in the Eagledome on Signing Day, none of that changes just how close this family is," said Zach Settembre. "This team is always going to have each other's backs and I'm proud of what they accomplished."

An Accomplishment that started at TCC.

The Eagle men's basketball team said they anticipate two more athletes signing, bringing the year total to 10 Division One signees.