The early period for signing a National Letter of Intent began on Wednesday and extends through November 18. Many high schools held their annual early signing day ceremonies, and MaxLaxOC.com was able to catch up with many of the boys and girls lacrosse players who signed on Wednesday.
What is a NLI?
According to nationalletter.org , the NLI program started in 1964 and includes 650 Division I and Division II participating institutions. The NLI is a voluntary binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution. A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters). The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters). There is a penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.
An important provision of the NLI program is a recruiting prohibition applied after a prospective student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.
Who Signed on Wednesday?
We were able to catch up with the following athletes on social media who signed their NLIs on Wednesday.
San Clemente senior goalie Austin Boyer (far right back row below) will play at Cleveland State University next year.
Mission Viejo senior Shelley Cummings will play at Fresno State next year.
JSerra senior LSM/defenseman Cayson Fincher got together with new coach Brendan Fowler on signing day. Fincher will play men’s lacrosse at Colorado Mesa.
St. Margaret’s seniors Noelani Muryama (far right below) and Samuel Harnisch (far left below) signed their NLIs to play lacrosse at Berkeley and the University of Denver, respectively.
Mater Dei senior Alexia Hipsher signed her NLI to play women’s lacrosse at Grand Valley State.
️thank you to everyone who supported me today and along this entire journey. very happy to be a laker!💙⚓️ pic.twitter.com/wiV8a6VNa2
— alexia (@alexiahipsher) November 12, 2015
Foothill senior attack Kevin Kodzis is joined by Brendan Porter, coach Jon Fox, and his family on NLI signing day (below). Kodzis will play at Holy Cross.
Mission Viejo senior Maryn Macha signed a NLI to play Division 1 women’s lacrosse.
Santa Margarita senior defenseman Eric Rubak (below) signed his NLI to play lacrosse at Bellarmine University next year.
— SM Eagles Lacrosse (@SMEaglePride) November 11, 2015
Foothill senior goalie Hannah Upshaw signed her NLI to play women’s lacrosse for USC.