ARLINGTON – Daven McGee on Thursday became Carlisle County’s first Division I athletic signee since 1992.
A right-handed pitcher/shortstop for the Comets, McGee inked his National Letter of Intent to continue his career at Murray State, for second-year skipper Dan Skirka, joining a pair of former First District players in this year’s recruiting class, including McCracken County designated hitter/first baseman Grant Davis and North Hardin pitcher Parker Estes – both of whom are former Hickman County Falcons, as is current Racer Jordyn Naranjo, who left the Falcons to play at Graves County four years ago.
“Murray’s close to home,” McGee said, giving his rationale for the choice. “It’s local. I’ve always wanted to go to Murray State. It’s kind of a dream come true. It’s getting closer and closer, and the closer it gets, the more excited I get. I’m ready to get up there and work hard.”
McGee wasn’t the only Comet to sign in the school’s library Thursday.
Left-handed pitcher Corbin Hayden made official his intent to play in the Junior College circuit at Southeastern Illinois College, joining what has lately become a pipeline, of sorts, from the First Region to Harrisburg.
“SIC was the first one to give me an offer,” said Hayden, who also fielded offers from Freed Hardeman University and Jacksonville State University. “I already knew a lot of kids who went there. I played with a lot of them over the summer. That helped me make my decision.”
The last Carlisle student-athlete to make a D-I commitment was also a Racer.
Jarrod Martin played basketball at Murray State from 1993-97.