On November 14th, six River Bluff athletes signed national letters of intent to further their athletic and academic careers at the college level. The Gator signees came consisted of a swimmer, a volleyball player, a women’s tennis player, and three baseball players.
Gator swimmer Katie Horan signed with the University of Tampa. Horan has been swimming competitively since she was seven years old. She is a 6-year letterman and has earned the team’s MVP award for the past six years. As a child, Katie always dreamed of becoming a collegiate athlete. She says, “Thanks to all the support from my parents, coaches, and teammates, that dream has finally come true!” Horan will be attending the University of Tampa this fall and plans to major in Biology with intentions of pursuing a Pre-Medical path for a future career. With a smile, Horan adds, “I’m excited to see what the future holds!”
Gator athlete Katie Richardson will be taking her volleyball talents to Penn State Harrisburg. Like many of our Gator athletes, Richardson’s sport of choice has been a big part of her life for a long time: “I have been playing volleyball since I was 9 years old and instantly fell in love with the sport.” Richardson uses her talents in a service capacity as well by coaching a 12U team for FCA Volleyball. Academically, Richardson was a member of River Bluff’s Law and Global Policy Center and plans on studying Criminal Justice at PSU-H. After college, she plans on going to law school.
Alex Urban will be playing baseball for the Tigers of Clemson University. Urban has played baseball since he was 3 years old. As a key member of River Bluff’s incredibly successful baseball program, Urban was instrumental in both AAAAA State Runner-up titles for the team. So far, Urban has earned All-Region honors three times and All-State once and he still has the upcoming season to go. Urban plans to study something in the area of business but has not officially declared a major. When asked about his choice of Clemson, Alex replies, “Growing up a Carolina fan I would’ve never thought I would choose Clemson, but after watching their program become a top 25 team the past few years, and seeing the facilities and talking with all of the coaches there, it made my decision easy when that time came.”
Ricky Williams started playing baseball when he was 4 years old and ever since then has had a passion to play college baseball. On his recent signing with Clemson, Williams stated, “It truly is a blessing to be able to say that I am one step closer to following my dream of playing college baseball.” Throughout his years at River Bluff, he was named the Region 5-AAAAA Player of the Year, selected to the All-State team, and selected as Varsity MVP – all in the 2018-2019 season. Williams discussed the difficulties in his decision to go to Clemson: “Growing up a Gamecock made it very hard to choose between a school I grew up watching (South Carolina) and a school that has been their so-called rival (Clemson). After being offered by both schools I knew I had a hard decision to make. After touring the amazing facilities and meeting the coaching staff up in Clemson I knew exactly where I wanted to continue my education and baseball career. Clemson felt like home and that’s ultimately why I signed with them.” Williams is currently undecided as far as a major is concerned, but is leaning strongly towards Sports Communications.
Cameron (Cam) Ferrell signed with Newberry College to play baseball. He plans on majoring in business management but is also considering coaching. According to Ferrell, “My love for baseball makes me want to stay around it as long as I can.” He even mentioned a hope to eventually coach for one of his own coaches. Ferrell has been a 2-time Gold Glove recipient, been selected All-Region, and earned the Coaches Award. He started playing baseball when he was a young boy and decided to stick with it when his dad showed him a baseball player named Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia quickly became Ferrell’s favorite player. He speaks of his favorite player’s impact on him from an early age: “I’ve modeled my game off of him with his energy, passion, and 110% effort levels each play.” That early impression has certainly paid off for Ferrell, with the most recent accomplishment being an opportunity for a college baseball career.