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Tolsia’s Williams, Watts sign NLIs

May 13, 2019

GLENHAYES, W.Va. — Two Tolsia Rebels signed national letters of intent Friday morning to further their academic and athletic careers beyond high school.

Eric Williams, a four-year Tolsia baseball starting player, signed to play for Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. He said once he visited campus, he knew it was going to the right decision and he could tell the coaches wanted him in the program.

For Williams, who has been on the field since just before he turned five, it’s a dream come true.

“I can’t even think of words to describe it,” he said. “It’s been my dream for a while to be able to do something like this. It’s unreal.”

“We all heard nothing but good things about what kind of kid he is and the kind of work ethic he has,” Alice Lloyd coach Scott Cornett said. “He really wants to play baseball and he’s got some raw skills and we think that with some time he can become a really good baseball player for us at Alice Lloyd.”

Cornett said it will take some time to see where Williams’ best fit is with the Eagles. Williams, who played at several spots in the infield, will likely get his shot on the mound as well.

“I know I’m definitely going to throw him out on the hump and see what he can do there, then we’ll see how he matches up with the kids I’ve already got and how he plays,” Cornett said. “It’s an adjustment for anybody to come into college ball, but we know he can help us.”

Senior volleyball player Aden Watts also put her pen to paper Friday morning, signing an NLI to continue her academic and athletic career at Hollins University, a private women’s school in Hollins, Virginia.

“She is an outstanding player and the most coachable player I think I’ve ever had,” Tolsia volleyball coach Jamie Lahoda said. “She’s one of the few that don’t complain about much and really have a heart for volleyball. It’s been a long four years but a great four years, and she’ll do great at the next level.”

After the Rebels reached the regional championship this season Watts said she still re-lives what could have been, but the chance to play in college washed away some of that bitter taste.

“I think deciding to play in college is what really got me over it, honestly,” she said. “When I made my verbal commitment a couple months ago it made dealing with that easier.”