Today, a number of Northern Michigan's top athletes signed their letters of intent to play collegiate football. TC Central had three players that were going to be continuing their athletic career at the next level.
Quarterback TJ Schepperly of the Trojans committed to Northwood University, where he will be looking to take his quick feet to the field. Schepperly realizes that though he is ready for the next step in his football career, the transition might be a little difficult. What might make the transition even more difficult, is Schepperly will be switching over from offense to defense, where he will be changing positions to cornerback.
The Trojans had two other football players, who signed letters of intent today, including linebacker Nate Pupel and offensive tackle, Tyler Gildersleeve. Gildersleeve was very passionate about his decision to attend Michigan Tech University, where his main focus is to pursue a degree in engineering. Though academics are his main focus, the big lineman is still focused on getting his body stronger and his hands quicker to prepare for the competition in the NCAA.
Pupel, will be attending Siena Heights University to play Linebacker. At Sienna, Nate understands that their will be necessary adjustments to make if he plans to make an immediate impact at the next level. Pupel believes that with a strong offseason regimen, and focus on strength training and agility, he will be well prepared for collegiate football.
In Elk Rapids today, Andrew Trautman had his entire family in attendance as he committed to the University of Dayton. Trautman said his family was extremely helpful in assisting him with his final decision, but he felt the coaching staff at the college would be instrumental in developing his game which help make the choice simple. Trautman started at Quarterback for the last three seasons at Elk Rapids and will look to continue to showcase his leadership skills both on the field and in the classroom. Andrew received a full ride academic scholarship to the University where he will be studying engineering.
In addition, TC West also had two players who made announcements to where they will be playing next year. Derrick Diver, the 6-3 215 linebacker for the Titans signed his letter of intent to play at Michigan Tech while teammate Chance Murphy will be joining TC Central's Nate Pupel at Siena Heights. Diver plans on majoring in biomedical engineering, which made Michigan Tech's program an ideal fit.
Along with the football players looking to take their competition to the next level, a TC West soccer star has also signed her letter of intent to play collegiate ball. Savanna Wojtanowski, the Senior from TC West, made her commitment to play Goalie for Ferris State University in the fall.
Savanna work on the field is only outshined by her accomplishments in the classroom. Savanna has a 3.54 GPA at TC West, and will be a exceptional addition to Ferris' program.