Local athletes sign letters of intent during early signing period

A number of student-athletes from area high schools made their collegiate plans official on Wednesday.

Free State’s Turner Corcoran, who was the top-ranked football recruit in Kansas in the Class of 2020, signed his national letter of intent to play at the University of Nebraska. Corcoran, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound four-star lineman, plans to enroll early to join the Cornhuskers for spring ball. He will also compete in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January.

In addition to Corcoran’s signing ceremony, three other Firebirds inked their collegiate plans Wednesday afternoon at FSHS. Caely Kesten signed to play women’s basketball at Northwest Missouri State, while Haley Hippe will compete in track and field at the University of South Dakota. Cooper Bradbury signed his NLI to play baseball for Pratt Community College.

Free State senior receiver Marcus Preston did not have his ceremony on Wednesday, but officially joined the University of North Dakota on the first day of the three-day early signing period.

Eudora senior Sloan Hayden also didn’t have his ceremony on the first day, but signed his letter of intent to play football for Missouri State University. His signing ceremony will take place at 3:20 p.m. Thursday at EHS.

Lawrence High’s Rhett May signed to play baseball at Tabor College at the next level.

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