Talk about a packed house. Bellevue held its signing ceremony for more than 20 student-athletes in at least six sports Wednesday afternoon, jamming the common area with multiple rows of seats full with parents, friends and families. In fact, it turned into a standing-room only event.
A small tree was in attendance, too, brought by a couple of Stanford signee Mustafa Branch’s friends (Stanford’s mascot is a dancing tree). Branch, dressed in a tie and a pair of fake glasses taped on the bridge, posed for a picture with the tree.
Each athlete introduced themselves and signed their national letters of intent (most were signing merely for appearances because they already completed the official process), some pulling on college hats to declare their allegiance. Football player Ross Connors pulled on an Air Force beanie – it was easier to find than a ball cap, he explained – a commitment which means he leaves in June for training with the armed services. He won’t be allowed to talk to his parents until Labor Day, but it’s an important commitment for him, one he’s looking forward to beginning.