Three Sparks-area athletes, Spanish Springs quarterback Hunter Fralick, Spanish Springs wide receiver Shamir Geisinger and Reed girls soccer player Kennady Whitehead, signed their national letters of intent Wednesday to play at the next level.
Fralick is staying home and will play at Nevada next year where he plans to red shirt behind senior-to-be quarterback Cody Fajardo. Fralick, the owner of every passing record at Spanish Springs, was named the High Desert League Offensive MVP this past fall.
"I thought it was kind of over once I committed (verbally) and everything kind of turned out but now that I've signed and it's official, it's really cool," Fralick said. "(Today) was awesome. To feel one of those feelings that's once in a lifetime, I'm going to try to hang onto it for as long as I can."
After taking over the helm at Nevada last season, Brian Polian has said he wants to recruit in his backyard. He released a statement on the Nevada athletics website echoing that sentiment once Fralick officially committed Wednesday morning.
"We are also excited to get a player who we believe can win games in the (Mountain West) at the quarterback position and is also in our backyard," Polian told the Nevada sports information department. "We have to keep the best players in northern Nevada at home and we were able to do that with Hunter."
Fralick was a hot commodity at signing day during Spanish Springs' lunch period as numerous friends and family made sure to get a picture with the future homegrown Wolf Pack quarterback. He had a message for the Battle Born fan base:
"I'm looking to come in and build the community up and do everything I can to make Wolf Pack football better."
One of Fralick's targets this year, Geisinger, sat next to Fralick Wednesday and signed his letter to take his talents to Weber State.
Unlike his quarterback however, Geisinger had not been committed for nearly a year. His recruitment process was short and sweet. He didn't start speaking with the Wildcats coaching staff until after Christmas. He visited the Ogden, Utah campus last weekend when he was offered and gave his verbal commitment.
"It feels great. I'm just blessed to have the opportunity to play at the next level," the Spanish Springs burner said.
Although his recruitment lasted seemingly as long as it takes him to run 100 meters (he is also on the track team at Spanish Springs), Geisinger believes Weber State will be a good fit.
"It's a great city. The campus is nice. The people are nice. It's just a great environment," he said. "And I really like what the coaches are doing."
Geisinger said he does not have any intentions of red shirting and was told by the coaching staff he has the opportunity to compete for "starting time" as a true freshman.
He laughed at the idea of being overshadowed Wednesday by his quarterback signing at the same time to play at the hometown school but had no problems with a lot of the attention on Fralick.
"It's fine. Hunter, he's a cool guy and he's earned this, so it's all good," he said.
Weber State finished 2-10 last season as a member of the Big Sky in the Div. I Football Championship Series and opens the 2014 season Aug. 28 at Arizona State.
While Fralick and Geisinger signed their letters during lunch break, Whitehead signed her national letter of intent to play at California State -- Stanislaus, after school on Wednesday.
The Warriors, a NCAA Div. II affiliate, finished 18-1-2 last season and were ranked as high as No. 5 in the country before falling in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Whitehead, a four-year varsity letter winner, is coming off a senior season that saw her earn High Desert League Midfielder of the Year honors after landing on the all-league squad her first three years.
"It's great to know all the hard work has paid off," Whitehead said. "I go six days a week, two to three hours a day whether it's soccer (club) or working out with my trainers."
Although she proved she is the best midfielder in the North, Whitehead plays in the back for her club team and said she will continue to play in the back in the college ranks or play a roaming position between the midfielders and the forwards.
Whitehead attended a recruiting camp on the Turlock, Calif. school's campus on a weekend in August and received a call the following Monday with an offer.
She will visit campus the first week of July to participate in fitness testing before returning home for a few weeks where she will finish her club season then move to California for good in late July.