Moving To the next level: Viera athletes Impress on national signing day
In accordance with tradition, the nation’s top athletes signed with the schools of their dreams on February 6th this year. Viera athletes Jalen Jackson, Joy Wilkinson, Grant Willcoxon, David McKay and Eva Banton joined the millions of athletes across the nation signing on this exciting day in their lives. This event is very significant, and is result of the hard work and dedication presented by our student athletes. It appears that their tireless efforts have paid off. In interviews with Hawk Talk, Viera’s elite athletes displayed humility and a high level of enthusiasm for their achievements and upcoming college careers.
For soccer star Eva Banton, twelve years of hard work paid off after signing with Florida Tech. However not her first choice, Eva found herself in Florida rather than her home state of New Jersey, but was still able to describe Florida Tech as “perfect”. For Eva, athleticism runs in the family, saying “My uncle played lacrosse at Notre Dame on a scholarship, and I know that I wanted to do the same thing with soccer.”
Planning on helping to lead Viera baseball deep into the playoffs, David McKay showed great humility when asked about his thoughts on his baseball career. Despite being know as one as Brevard’s best pitchers for years, when asked how he would’ve reacted knowing he was playing division one baseball five years ago, he would have “never believed it”.
Following in the footsteps of her older sister Katie, Jackie Stengle signed with NC State University on a scholarship for soccer. “I was born to play soccer,” she stated in an interview. Jackie’s love for the game combined with un-parallel dedication led her to a division one scholarship.
Viera High running back Jalen Jackson was also among those who signed. As Viera’s first four-year varsity football Letterman, Jalen has played for Viera under three different head coaches, experiencing the ups as well as the down the program has had. Jalen will be playing division one football for Jacksonville University, despite having original hopes to play for Stetson. “JU felt more like home.”
Grant Willcoxon signed with Florida tech for baseball this past month. Content with receiving his top choice for division two schools, Grant will follow his father’s footsteps in playing collegiate baseball.