GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Wednesday was national letter of intent signing day and local athletes in the valley all committed to play college athletics either close to home like CMU or out of state to begin their next journey as college athletes.
There were four athletes signing their letter of intent from Grand Junction. Dawson Collins will be wrestling at Utah Valley next year. The senior has not finished lower than third place at the state wrestling tournament in the last three years with Grand Junction.
"It's taken a lot of work," Collins said. "I've gone to high school practices and then right after the high school practices, I've gone to the gym or I've gone to a second practice. I've had to go two-a-days at the gym. It's like you never get a break from it but it's good. for college wrestling, it's a lot bigger stage. There's thousands of people that go watch you, even just the one night duels. That's going to be pretty exciting. I like the big stage."
Golfer Jaden Stewart signed with Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. He's been eyeing college golf for five years and is excited to play every day.
"It feels great," said Stewart. "I got to pick a great school to because they have been looking at me for like two years. I went to the school and it's a really nice school so it's a great feeling that i'm going to a good school."
Christian Hafey and Jared Hanks signed to play baseball for CMU. They will get to play at Suplizio Field for another four years and for Jared, he gets to play for his dad, Mavericks head coach Chris Hanks.
"I'm super excited but I'm even more excited to play along my buddies," Jared Hanks said. "It's going to be really fun working hard out on the field with them."
"I grew up my whole life watching this sport, watching Mesa and Coach Hanks coach," said Christian Hafey. "It's a team that is always there for the national championship and that's what I want to do."