Scotland’s Whitney Britt, daughter of LaDonna and Charles Britt, Lauren Medlin, daughter of Chris English and Leslie English and Courtney Collins, daughter of David Collins and Melissa Collins, all inked their NLOI, with Britt and Medlin pledging to Queens University in Charlotte and Collins signing her letter with Methodist.
Scotland softball head coach Pat Williams said that all three girls have the skills to compete at the next level and that they’ve worked hard to continue their softball careers in college.
“I think it’s a great thing for them to sign.” Williams said. “They’ve worked hard and it’s paid off for them. Not everyone gets the chance to play in college and further their education and that’s basically what life is about. They get the chance to go to college, earn an education and at the same time get to play a sport they love and enjoy.”
Britt said that her dream has always been to sign with a college and her final choice came down between Queens and Pfeiffer.
“This pretty much means everything to me,” Britt said. “This is what I’ve lived for. I’ve been playing all of my life and this is what every softball player dreams of. It’s going to make paying for college easier and softball has been a great asset to further my education. It means pretty much everything for me and my family and I hope to make them proud as I continue my career.”
Medlin agreed with Britt, saying that her dream was always to play college softball.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Medlin said. “I started playing softball because I wanted the chance to play at a college. It’s a great way to help pay for college and being able to play at the college level is exciting to me.”
Collins said that she would be excited to continue playing the sport that she loved as she progressed through her career.
“I just love playing softball and am grateful to be able to continue playing in college,” Collins said.
Along with all three playing on the Scotland High School softball team, Britt, Medlin and Collins are all members of the Hurricanes Elite softball team. The organization is a high-level softball team that participates in showcases and tournaments throughout the southeast region.
Hurricanes Elite manager Keith Edgerton said that watching his players sign for a college was why he coaches the team in the first place.
“It’s been my pleasure to coach these kids this year,” Edgerton said. “They’ve worked hard for me and that’s why I do it. I don’t have a kid playing, so the joy and satisfaction I get out of it is seeing these guys reach their goals and continue their education.”
With the three signing during the NCAA early signing period, all three players can take time to enjoy their final season at Scotland, something that was on the minds of the players, coaches and their parents.
“That was one of the good things we talked about,” Williams said about the early signing period. “It helps get it out of the way and allows them to focus on the season and have fun. By them signing now it takes the pressure off and they don’t get into the rat race at the end of the season.”
Britt also said that the early signing period weighed heavily on her mind this fall and that she knew she would always sign early.
“I always knew that I would sign early, but I wasn’t sure which college it would be,” Britt said. “Now I can just relax and enjoy my senior year and not worry about where I’m going to go. I can enjoy my senior year like I should.”
Medlin’s father, Chris English, is the Hurricanes recruiting coordinator. English said that the most important thing the coaches did for the girl’s was to help them prepare for the decision by education the players about each school they
were being recruited by.
“We just tried to education them as much as we could about the recruiting process,” English said. “We let them know that they need to be in contact with the schools and learn as much about the school as they could. Signing early means that they’ll be able to have fun during their final year at Scotland.”