MARQUETTE - At least eight area high school athletes are set to sign a National Letter of Intent today to attend and play football at NCAA Division I and II universities and colleges.
Negaunee has the most with three, while Ishpeming and Marquette each have an athlete that is signing with a Div. I school.
From Negaunee are three players are signing with Upper Peninsula schools in the Div. II GLIAC - running back/defensive back Tyler LaJoie and wide receiver/DB Zane Radloff are signing with Northern Michigan University, while offensive/defensive lineman Jeremy Bell is set to sign with Michigan Tech University.
Marquette Senior High School’s Kurt Burmeister (5) recovers a fumble against Menominee on Oct. 25 of this season in Marquette. Burmeister is set to sign a National Letter of Intent today to play football for Dayton. (Journal file photo)
Ishpeming High School senior quarterback and linebacker Alex Briones signs his National Letter of Intent to play football at Central Michigan University on Wednesday at Ishpeming High School. Joining Briones is Ishpeming head football coach Jeff Olson, left, and his parents, back. (Photo courtesy of Tommy Potter)
Ishpeming quarterback and linebacker Alex Briones made his commitment official to Div. I Central Michigan University of the Football Bowl Series Mid-American Conference.
At Marquette, WR/LB Kurt Burmeister will be signing with Div. I University of Dayton of the Football Championship Series Pioneer Football League, while WR/LB Shane Duquette is set to sign with NMU.
From Gwinn, running back and DB Luke Sinnaeve is also set to sign with Northern Michigan.
And from L'Anse, QB/kicker Ryan LaBerge is ready to sign with NMU.
NMU will be holding a press conference at 1 p.m. today to introduce its full recruiting class. Wildcats head coach Chris Ostrowsky already announced this morning via Twitter (twitter.com/CoachOstrowsky) the signing of Radloff, LaJoie, Duquette and Sinnaeve, in addition to North Dickinson DL Brad Gustafson and Menominee's LB James Brown and Devon Harris.
Michigan Tech also announced the signing of Bell this morning via Twitter (twitter.com/MTUFB).
A National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NCAA Div. I or II university or college, with the student attending school and the institution providing financial aid for one school year, provided the student is admitted and eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules.
Other NCAA institutions are prohibited from attempting to recruit the student-athlete after the letter of intent is signed.
In addition to football, today is the first day student-athletes can sign NLIs for soccer, cross country, track and field, field hockey and men's water polo. The signing period for all other sports begins April 16.