Catholic High School saw five athletes sign their NLIs on Thursday
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The Early Signing Period saw athletes from quite a few different high schools in the 757 move senior athletes one step closer to going to college.
Catholic High School in Virginia Beach was no exception.
The Crusaders had five athletes sign a National Letter of Intent to play college football on Thursday.
Keonte Jenkins – Texas Christian
Altrique Barlow – Texas Christian
Quinton Gregory – Holy Cross
Niko McKay – Virginia Union
Nehki Meredith – NC State
“It’s always a great day when we get to celebrate the things that they’ve accomplished,” said Catholic High School head football coach Tommy Austin at the ceremony. “These five men are high quality athletes and individuals. They were put into a situation this year that none of them asked for, none of them wanted, and that they didn’t choose. They made the best of that situation and came out better because of it.”
The Catholic football program saw a lot of change in the off-season of 2019. The administration negotiated the school’s athletic programs back into the Tidewater Conference, where they were before the football program went independent back in 2016. The TCIS forced all of the athletic programs at the school out of the conference and that created significant hardship with budgets, scheduling and travel. When the school decided to re-enter the TCIS, they accepted the terms set by the conference, and that included some restrictions on athletes coming to the school to participate in football.
Chris Scott to left the school to take a position as the head coach at Oscar Smith. Other players transferred out. The five seniors who signed on Thursday were among the athletes who stuck around through the 2019 season. Coach Tommy Austin arrived from Greenbrier Christian to help the program transition back into the TCIS.
The program might not be as rich with talent as it was in the Chris Scott era, but the cupboard is far from bare. There are several key athletes who are waiting to step up and lead as seniors in 2020. There are also a few current seniors who are uncommitted and expected to make their commitments official in February.
– Andy Hilton