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Area Players Ink on Signing Day

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It was a busy day all around the area has local prep products inked their names to continue their athletic careers.

Shady Spring athlete Houstin Syvertson and Greenbrier West lineman Zack Johnson signed for preferred walk-on spots at WVU. Both were first-team all state this season.

"It's always some nerves to see if you can compete with the others, but once I get this workout in, and stat doing my thing, start working real hard, I think I can get there and compete," Syvertson said.

"You can be pretty good around this level but it's a completely different level competition once you get to D-I schools," Johnson said.

Woodrow Wilson's all-state defensive back Andrew Johnson is heading to Hargrave Military Academy. The school has fielded numerous NFL names.

"I'm just happy all my hard work paid off.' said Johnson.

Also in Beckley, speedy running back Ramon Edwards will suit up as a Glenville State Pioneer.

"Football is second. Sooner or later you have to hang up the cleats and you have to fall back on education," Edwards said.

Shady Spring tight end and defensive end Juwan Rowe will help Alderson-Broaddus in the WVIAC as well.

"I love attending church and they have Christian-based facilities. I think that will be good for me and keep me out of trouble," Rowe said with a smile.

Woodrow lineman Michael Bailey and Princeton wide receiver Chad Wyrick will be closer to home. Both are now Concord Mountain Lions.

"Everybody is family down there. Everybody knows everybody and it felt like I really fit in," Bailey said.

"The relationship with the coaches is there. I felt like I can come in there and make an impact my freshman year," Wyrick said.

Signing day isn't the only timeframe players can commit to schools. They can do so through the Spring.

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