Amos Corgelas stood at the podium, microphone in hand, and had trouble at first finding the words to thank the Fort Myers High School coaching staff, teachers and fellow students for boosting him toward a college football scholarship.
“Whew!” Corgelas said.
Corgelas and five of his current classmates, plus former Green Wave teammate Levi McQuinn, made their future colleges official on Wednesday, national signing day.
Corgelas chose Presbyterian College, a Division I Football Championship Subdivision program in Clinton, South Carolina.
“He’s still growing into his body,” Fort Myers coach Sam Sirianni said of the 6-foot-5 defensive end. “The sky is the limit with him. He’s going to be a gem.”
McQuinn chose Columbia University, a year after signing with the Air Force Academy, which did not work out for various reasons, including an injury.
“Circumstances work in mysterious ways,” Sirianni said. “Sometimes it happens that way.”
McQuinn said he was thrilled.
“It’s a little bit of déjà vu,” said McQuinn, a 2015 graduate and a linebacker/safety, of taking part in the signing ceremony two years in a row. “I feel right about this one. I can’t wait to be in the Ivy Leagues. This is a four-year decision, thinking about my future after football.”
Aspen Tucker found her future in gymnastics at age 3 at Coastal Elite Gymnastics in Fort Myers. The daughter of former Major League Baseball outfielder Michael Tucker, Aspen Tucker chose Missouri over Georgia, Illinois, Illinois State and Southern Utah.
“That’s what she wanted to do,” Michael Tucker said. “She has a passion for it.”
Emily Swope has a passion for soccer. She signed with the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, also known as Florida Tech.
“I just fell in love with the campus,” Swope said. Her high school coach, Dave Trepkowski, lauded her with praise.
“Emily has always stepped up with leadership,” he said. “I just can’t thank her enough for all she’s done.”
Colton Thomas, a wrestler, chose Duke University.
Adam Everett, a soccer player, signed with East Tennessee State.
Stephen Fedec, a cross country and track and field athlete, signed with Emory University.
“It’s a real special day,” Sirianni said, referring, this time, to all seven athletes. “These young men and women have put in a lot of hours to prepare for this day. Their accomplishments speak for themselves.
“Once a Greenie, always a Greenie.”