Holy Trinity’s Jenkins signs with Miami, Douglas to Radford
Holy Trinity seniors Tony Jenkins and Talia Douglas turned their dreams of playing Division I athletics into reality this week when they each signed a national letter of intent. Jenkins will go to Miami while Douglas is heading to Radford University.
VIERA VOiCE Courtesy Holy Trinity
He had been committed to playing baseball for the University of Miami since the end of his sophomore year.
But when Holy Trinity senior Tony Jenkins finally put pen to paper and signed his national letter of intent this week, well, it was a special moment.
“It was one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had in my life,” Jenkins said. “My family was proud. My coaches, my best friends … everyone was just proud of me. It was a great feeling.”
It’s been a pretty special week for Talia Douglas, too.
The Holy Trinity senior was crowned homecoming queen last Friday night and then signed her NLI to play softball at Radford University in Virginia.
Douglas, who has been a star player for the Tigers since the seventh grade, also had several offers from Division II schools. Radford began recruiting her a year ago after coach Aileen Morales saw her playing in a tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Disney Sports Complex.
She took her official visit to the Radford campus two weeks ago and loved the campus and the beauty of the fall season. That only further strengthened her commitment to the Division I school.
“I wanted to experience different environments and I wanted to really challenge myself,” Douglas said. “I’d gotten other offers, but to me Radford seemed to have a better softball program. They have really hard teams they’re playing and their workout ethics are really intense.
“I really strive to do the best I can so I wanted to have a good team to be on.”
Douglas plans to major in sports medicine with an eye on one day becoming a physical therapist.
Jenkins, meanwhile, will major in sports administration and could see himself going back to Miami as a coach once his playing days are over.
Though he had been committed to the Hurricanes, Jenkins also fielded offers from the University of Pittsburg, UCF, USF, UNF and Alabama State. All of them wanted him to come for visits, but he saved the best for last.
“I went down to Miami and I just fell in love with the place,” he said. “They treated me like family. It was definitely where I wanted to be.”