Photo by Nathan Kelly
National Signing Day Hoover Group
Student athletes will accept scholarships on Feb. 5, 2014. Pictured are some of last year's Hoover High athletes participating in the same ceremony.
Last week, amidst the snowstorm, Hoover High senior Marlon Humphrey announced via Twitter he was committing to his father's alma mater - The University of Alabama.
Humphrey, a state record holder in multiple track and field events and All-American cornerback for the Buccaneer football team, is ranked as one of the nation’s top high school recruits. The ESPN 300, a list of the top recruits in the nation, ranked Humphrey the top prospect in Alabama and 15th overall on its list.
Humphrey’s father, Bobby, was a two-time All-American in the 1980s and played in the NFL for five years. His mother, Barbara, was a record-setting track star at UAB.
At Hoover High, Athletic Director Myra Miles said the school is thrilled for its rising star. However, National Signing Day is about highlighting the successes of all the athletes whose hard work has earned them the opportunity to participate.
“This is a huge day for all of our seniors that have been selected by colleges to continue their education by signing an athletic or academic scholarship,” Miles said in an email. “As in every Signing Day ceremony, we focus upon all of our signees and not just one. Marlon would not have it any other way, either. He wants to make sure this day is awesome for he and all of his classmates.”
2013-14 Scholarship Commitments*
Brittany Anderson – Central Alabama Community College (softball)
Matt Berler – Meridian Community College (Baseball)
Dalton Brown – Newberry College (football)
Phillip Brown – Tuskegee University (football)
Christen Craig – Tusculum College (LAX)
Mickey Forrest – West Georgia Tech (Baseball & Football)
Will Freeman – University of Alabama (Swimming)
Alison Halperin – Anderson University (XC & Track)
Vasili Kartos – Southern Mississippi (Golf)
Denise Newton – Gadsden State Community College (basketball)
Marisa Osga – Central Alabama Community College (softball)
Devin Pughsley – Kennesaw State (Football)
Josh Rich – Meridian Community College (Baseball)
Ireland Shea – University of Alabama (Track & Field)
Haleigh Sisson – UAB (softball)
Connor Smith – Middle Tennessee State University (Golf)
Jervontius Stallings – University of Kentucky (football)
Tristan Widra – Samford University (Baseball)
Maddie Wohlfarth – College of Charleston (Swimming)
Baseball — Billy Reed: Wallace State, Stephen Dobbs: Wallace State
Golf — J.T. Watkins: Central Alabama Community College
Volleyball — Anna-Claire Johnson: UAH, Chloe Ballard: Birmingham-Southern
Football — Marlon Humphrey
Soccer — Gabby Gilmer: Emory University
Softball — Carly Sewell: Montevallo, Kalee Sparks: Shelton State Community College, Emily Turner: Birmingham-Southern
Track — Errin Perry: UAH, Sarah Sanford: Samford, Chloe White
* Hoover High School Athletic Department reported that five to 10 more students are projected to announce their intent to participate in the school’s National Signing Day ceremony on Feb. 5. Spain Park High School was in the process of collecting information when this story was written, and also expect other students to sign. Visit the Hoover Sun online at hooversun.com for updates.