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Episcopal star signs with Alabama

Alabama snags another top recruit. Alabama Football/Facebook

Originally appeared on Vype.com

Every athlete dreams about their national signing day ceremony. Episcopal football players Jaylen Waddle and TayJon Martin finally got to experience theirs on Wednesday. Both chose different paths, but are happy with their decisions.

Waddle, a highly sought four-star receiver, grabbed the hat of college football dynasty Alabama, instead of Texas A&M;, Florida State, TCU and Oregon.

“I had to remember why I liked Alabama so much,” said Waddle. “Just the culture behind there, it’s a great place to be. Really a great university.”

There’s a lot to be excited about, but he also plans to contribute once he gets to Tuscaloosa.

“I’m just trying to do me,” he added. “I’m not going try to do too much. Whatever the universe will want me to do, I’m ready for.”

TayJon Martin, another Division I recruit, chose Pennsylvania-based FCS program Lafayette College over in-state and FBS offers because he felt it prepared him the best for life ahead.

“Setting myself up for the future,” Martin said of the opportunity. “Setting myself up with the right people, and God has a plan for me.”

Even though Lafayette’s 1,500 miles away, it shares some similarities with his current school, which will make him feel right at home.

“It has an Episcopal feeling, so I’m already used to the environment,” he added. “I know how it is. I know what to expect coming in, and I think it will be a good experience for me.”

 

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Flying Through Familiar Territory

Tompkins feeling déjà vu en route to strong start to 2019

The Falcons are steep in quality depth. Via Vype

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This new year 2019 feels a lot like 2017 for Tompkins.

That year, the Falcons were Class 6A state finalists, and seemed to be bound for Georgetown every season thereafter for a while due to the talented freshmen on the roster. But while last year was far from shabby, a regional finalist finish felt like a letdown.

"What we took from last year is we weren't that much of a team, and we needed to be more connected," junior forward Barbara Olivieri said. "This year, every girl is giving their all and we're all working together. When you have that type of bond, it doesn't matter who's out there, you can still look really good."

Indeed, the Falcons are feeling a bit of déjà vu after topping 2018 state semifinalist McAllen, 4-0, in the Falcon Bracket championship of the 64-team I-10 Shootout at Legacy Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Tompkins (6-0) routed the Bulldogs even with starters Lauryn Wild, Jullietta Haro, Avery Burchett and Sofie Wolf out of action.

The Falcons are steep in quality depth. While Olivieri and junior forward Skylar Parker, who admirably played well moving to the defensive midfield, starred, as per their ways, others like senior Carrie Gerdes and sophomores Kayla Eshbaugh and Jennifer Pham filled in nicely.

Oh, and sophomore forward Felicia Hernandez. It was Hernandez, after all, who tallied a hat trick with three goals against McAllen, emerging as yet another prominent playmaking threat for coach Jarrett Shipman alongside Parker and Olivieri.


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