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  • Aubree Reichel | The Journal Gazette Joined by coach Kurt Tippmann, five Snider football players signed with colleges Wednesday, from left, Jack James, Christian Covington, Michael Haupert, Zach McDowell and Garrett Carroll.

Thursday, February 08, 2018 1:00 am

Snider duo sticks together

Covington, Haupert will be Sycamores

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

Wednesday's national signing day provided another opportunity for college teams to solidify next year's rosters.

Many of the football players who had already committed signed Dec. 20, the first time an early signing period was given to football.

“This is the first year where it's been that way,” Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said. “I think each of the schools, it's affected them differently at different levels. Lawrence (Johnson) signed with Purdue, they wanted to make sure, boom, all their guys were signing in December and then that made it for some of the Division II and FCS schools, they knew which kids were not signing with the big schools. I think it helped the overall process.”

The day was celebrated by five players at Snider and a multitude of others across the area. Snider quarterback Michael Haupert and running back Christian Covington signed with Indiana State, kicker Jack James signed with Saint Francis while lineman Zach McDowell and tackle Garrett Carroll each signed with Grand Valley State.

Haupert announced he'd received his offer from Indiana State on Jan. 19 and announced his commitment three days later.

Haupert looks forward to continuing his football career with Covington, who committed to the program in December.

“Working with him the past two years has been great and I'm looking forward to it. He's a great competitor, and I love having him in my backfield,” Haupert said.

Covington is excited to share the field again, tweeting “The duo is back” in response to the commitment.

“Having my quarterback, it's going to be great. It's someone I can room with and be comfortable with,” Covington said. “I feel like (Indiana State) was the best fit for me, and I always wanted to go to a D-I school for football. I feel like it has the best competition and is the best place I could possibly be.

“(Indiana State coach Curt Mallory) said I could be competing for a spot, so I'm going to go in with an attacking mindset and hopefully I can get a starting spot or be in the rotation.”

The two join East Noble quarterback Andrew McCormick, who signed in December, and Bishop Luers running back and defensive back Ty Hambright, who also signed Wednesday.

Concordia graduate Peterson Kerlegrand and North Side alum Tyson Whitner are already on the roster in Terre Haute.

“(Having all the Fort Wayne area guys) didn't really sway my decision, but having a guy that I know and that I've worked with for the past couple years is very huge,” Haupert said. “It can make the transition easier, and we're going to have a great time together.”