Madison students commit for sports

Hunter Rosenberg, Staff Writer

Out of all high school athletes, less than 2% continue on to play a college sport. Out of all the people who decide to go to college, less than 7% play a varsity sport, according to Athletic Scholarship Stats. At Madison alone, 31 seniors have committed and out of that number, 19 attended signing day on Nov 9 2022 to sign their letter of intent. The process of committing to play is scary, but also very exciting.

“My favorite part about the process was touring all the different schools and meeting with the different girls,” Keira O’Neail (‘23) said.

Keira O’Neail is a senior who is committed to St. Mary’s College of Maryland to play division III soccer. O’Neail has played forward for the Madison varsity soccer team for the past four years.

“I am most excited for college soccer because it’s a totally new group of people and I think traveling to play games will be fun,” O’Neail said.

With the end of the school year coming up in a few months, our college commits are getting ready for the start of their collegiate sport experiences. The next level can be very nerve racking. From daily practices, to the travel for away games and meets, to the recovery time, collegiate level sports take up a lot of time. Along with college classes and studying, athletes struggle to find free time. Although it is a big commitment, it can be a joyful experience. Having the experience of playing on a bigger stage and creating bonds with teammates is worth the commitment.

“I loved getting to tour different campuses and meet the coaching staff,” Angelo Jreige ‘23 said.

Jreige is a senior who is committed to Christopher Newport University to play division III football. Jreige played running back for the Madison varsity team this past fall.

“I am excited to meet new people and build relationships with them,” Jreige said.