Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - Updated: 2:15 AM
It was a crowded room for National Signing Day on Feb. 1 at Trigg County High School, as three student athletes signed their letters of Intent to play sports at the next level in college.
Troy Alexander, Brandon Wilson and D'Avian Phillips each signed letters of commitment last week to play at the collegiate level.
Troy Alexander signed to play soccer at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro. Alexander was accompanied at the signing table by his mother, father and high school soccer coach. Alexander said he had wanted to go to Kentucky Wesleyan for a while and just knew that he was going to continue his soccer career there.
When asked, "What are you looking forward to the most?" Alexander said, "How competitive college soccer will be compared to high school."
Wilson played football at Trigg County and will be continuing his football career at Minnesota West Community College in the fall. Coach Coby Lewis and Wendy Mize, the high school guidance counselor, sat beside Wilson as he signed his letter.
Lewis said when Wilson told him he wanted to play college football, he told him what work he would have to put in to move ahead. Wilson took that advice and never looked back.
"It's crazy," Wilson said. "I have a lot of different emotions running through my mind. Ã¢ Â¦ I'm just ready to get up there and start working; give them all I have to offer."
Phillips signed his letter to continue his football career at Murray State University.
As Phillips sat between both of his parents, he seemed ready to continue his career in football, but he was ready to start earning toward his degree in agriculture as well.
Phillips is highly recognized across the state for his abilities on the gridiron, earning many awards in the last year. His mind was also focused on his degree choice. Phillips said he knows football isn't going to last forever, but a good education can. Phillips said he looked forward to the programs MSU had to offer.
"Definitely (chose MSU) because of the agriculture program, that's the best for me."
Phillips said his family had played a critical role in his development.
"My family means a lot," he said. "My dad has been by my side, and my mom helps with strong decisions."