Though ESPN’s coverage of blue-chip football players choosing their Division I college from a row of hats might lead you to believe otherwise — National Signing Day is not just a 'football thing.'
Case and point: Madill High School, where it's a fútbol thing, too.
On Wednesday, Madill senior soccer standout Alyssa Emery signed her national letter of intent to play soccer at Central Christian College of Kansas.
After a 4-14 season last year, Central College will look for Emery to help bring the Tigers back to where they were in 2015 when the program took a 20-6 record and placed fourth in the NCCAA Division I National Tournament.
Central Christian College, or Central as it’s called, has qualified for three national tournaments and produced 16 All-Americans.
Last season, Emery helped lead the Lady Wildcats to the playoffs and an 8-8 overall record.
Her senior season will begin March 2 at home against Duncan.
In addition to scoring goals for the Lady Wildcats, Emery also applied her golden boot to the Madill Wildcat football team as a kicker. And at Madill's National Signing Day ceremony, one of Emery's Wildcat teammates also accomplished their next-level dream.
Madill wide receiver Trevor Goff, the District 3A-4 receiver of the year, signed with East Central University in Ada on Wednesday as a preferred walk-on.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound deep-threat will stay at his natural position, receiver, for the Tigers in 2018. ECU averaged 234.5 yards per game passing in 2017.
ECU couldn't keep pace with their opponents in the 2017 season, putting up 23.8 points per game while surrendering 37 a game on defense. The Tigers finished with a 2-9 record.
Recently hired ECU head coach Al Johnson, an assistant offensive line coach at the Univesity of Wisconsin before taking over the program in January, has made Southern Oklahoma a recruiting priority.
Goff is the fourth player in the area to sign with the ECU, with all of the recent signees being brought in to play skill positions at defensive back or receiver for the Tigers.
Goff’s play at receiver and as a special teams weapon was a bright spot for the Wildcats football team in 2017. Goff was named the district 3A-4 receiver of the year in December.
Madill, after a 2-1 start, finished the season with a 3-7 record in 2017.