Mauldin High basketball player Caitland Considine and four other Mavericks celebrated Nov. 13 as they signed with colleges and universities and locked in plans to take their athletic skills to the next level.
“It’s a big burden off my shoulders,” said Considine, a point guard who signed with Central Connecticut State University on Nov. 13 in a ceremony in the Mavericks’ gym.
Mauldin baseball players Daniel Johnson (Charleston Southern) and Brandon Justice (College of Charleston) also signed, as did softball players Amanda Storch (USC Upstate) and Emma Swearingen (Limestone).
“You’re more relaxed, don’t have to worry about anything as far as colleges,” said Johnson, a pitcher and outfielder. “You can go out there and compete and enjoy your senior year.”
Justice, a pitcher, has loved Charleston since visiting the Low Country on family trips. In recruiting him, the Cougars’ coaches made it clear their goal is to reach the College World Series, he said.
Storch, a pitcher, has some unfinished business before heading to college. She’s looking forward to pursuing a state championship as she closes out her high school career. “We have a lot of talent coming back,” she said.
Swearingen, who has played shortstop and outfield since making the varsity as a ninth-grader, said signing is a boost to her self-esteem.
“It gives me confidence on the field,” she said.