Taft Student-Athletes Sign College Football Letters of Intent

Several Taft School student-athletes are one step closer to fulfilling their college aspirations after signing National Letters of Intent to play football this week.

"National Signing Day is the culmination of a lot of hard work in the classroom, in the weight room, and on the athletic field," explained Head Football Coach Tyler Whitley. "It is an important day for high school athletes nationwide."

Members of the Taft School Class of 2018 signing Letters of Intent this week were:

Captain Joe Hardison IV, a wide receiver from Darien, CT, has committed to the admissions process at Duke University.

Captain Zane Segalas, a linebacker from New York, NY, signed with Tufts University.

Matthias Staalsoe, an offensive lineman from Copenhagen, Denmark, has accepted a full athletic scholarship to University of Maine.

Alex Jones, a running back from Wadsworth, Ohio, committed to the admissions process at Bucknell University.

Defensive end Jordan Agudosi of North Brunswick, New Jersey, signed a National Letter of Intent from Merrimack College.

Senior defensive lineman Matt Schwartz from Armonk, NY, plans to continue his career at Union College.

Easton, Connecticut's Brandon Sires will continue his career as a linebacker at Oberlin College.

Wide receiver Eric Rooks, from Chicago, Illinois, signed a Letter of Intent in December with the University of Hawaii.

Offensive linemen Johannes Ali (Reinstorf, Germany) and Travis Wang (Taipei, Taiwan) will also continue their football careers in college level, but have not yet decided where they will play.

Congratulations to all of these student-athletes.

Since 1964 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has recognized commitments between student athletes and Division I and II athletics programs using through their National Letter of Intent (NLI) program. The program now includes 676 Division I and II participating institutions.