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Episcopal star signs with Alabama

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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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