Five More Student Athletes Commit to College Sports

(COVINGTON, La)– Earlier in the year, nine student athletes signed to play college sports. Now near the end of the year, five more seniors have committed with colleges and university, bringing the total to 14. New commits include Austin Barrios, Shawn Butler, Davis Neitzschman, Brett Feringa, and David Durand.

Barrios is newly committed to play baseball at Spring Hill College. He is the fifth player from this year’s team to commit. Fellow baseball players who will move up to the college level include Carlo Graffeo (Southeaster Louisiana), Nick Chassion (Spring Hill College), Peyton Lacoste (University of Washington), and Kyle Schimpf (University of Louisiana at Monroe).

“Its been a life-long dream to play college baseball,” said Barrios. The feeling of committing is indescribable. There is no better feeling. I have never been more excited to do anything in my life.”

Austin Barrios in his windup delivering a pitch. (Photo Credit: Joey Michel)
Austin Barrios winds up to deliver a pitch. (Photo Credit: Joey Michel)

Butler is committed to play football at Carson-Newman University. He will join teammate Jalen McCleskey at the collegiate level, who committed to Oklahoma State University before the beginning of the school year.

Shawn Butler (15) leads the football wolves onto the field against Covington (Photo Credit: Joey Michel)
Shawn Butler (15) leads the football Wolves onto the field against Covington High.
(Photo Credit: Joey Michel)

Neitzschman, Feringa, and Durand are three new members of the top nationally ranked SPS soccer team who have now been recruited to play at the collegiate level, joining teammate Colin Hanley who signed with Niagra University earlier this year. Neitzschman is committed to play soccer at Rhodes College, Feringa at Birmingham-Southern College, and Durand at Franciscan University at Steubenville.

“It’s a great relief. Years of training and hard work have finally payed off,” Feringa said.

Additional students who signed earlier in the year include Beau Briggs for golf (University of Mississippi), Jean-Paul Juge for lacrosse (University of Dallas), and Kyle Cleveland for track and field (Loyola University).

The school will hold an official signing day with the five newly committed athletes and their respective colleges shortly after the upcoming athletic awards ceremony to be held on May 14, 2015.


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