Don’t expect much drama on signing day this year from the top area high school football prospects — as long as they can get to a fax machine.
The latest winter storm that slugged the state on Tuesday caused several schools to come up with alternate plans for signing day celebrations.
Decatur Central offensive lineman Lukayus McNeil plans to send his signed letter of intent to Louisville at 7:01 a.m. on Wednesday.
“We’re planning to do it first thing in the morning and then have a celebration after school with his family,” Decatur Central athletic director Justin Dixson said. “Now if school is cancelled, then those plans could change.”
Lawrence Central athletic director Jeff Irwin said letters of intent for offensive lineman Kevin Willis (Ball State) and wide receiver Kenny Jones (Eastern Michigan) will be faxed Wednesday regardless of the weather.
“We’ll have a contingency to move the celebration back to Friday if school is cancelled, but we will make sure the information is sent,” Irwin said.
Other than the weather, there are not expected to be any signing day surprises. That is due, in part, to several top prospects having already enrolled at their respective schools. Speedway receiver Justin Brent (Notre Dame), Pike receiver Dominique Booth (Indiana), Lawrence Central linebacker Brandon Lee (Missouri) and Hamilton Southeastern receiver Cameron Polk (Louisville) are among the early enrollees.
Others, such as Carmel receiver Austin Roberts (UCLA) and Cathedral receiver Terry McLaurin (Ohio State) have been committed for several months with no chance of a last-second flip.
Carmel coach Kevin Wright said Roberts will fax his letter of intent from home and the school will celebrate his signing with other fall signees on Thursday. McLaurin is also expected to send his letter of intent on Wednesday morning.
Other expected area signees for Football Bowl Subdivision programs: Hamilton Southeastern offensive lineman Jimmy McCarthy (Central Michigan); Tech defensive back Jason Beck (Eastern Michigan) and defensive end Rajshawn Mosley (Northern Illinois); Fishers receiver J-Shun Harris (Indiana); Westfield receiver Devin Reece (Westfield); and Avon defensive end Mack Duffin (Miami of Ohio).
Warren Central quarterback Jeff George Jr. is considering Illinois and SMU.