Niwot senior Skyer Messinger probably will never forget the early summer day he hit a home run at Coors Field with a wood bat in the Rockies All-Stars/Futures Game. The thing was, for scouts from the Kansas Jayhawks who attended that day, his fielding was just as eye-popping.
Having received a couple offers but still waiting for the right opportunity, Messinger jumped on the chance to play in the Big 12 and committed to the school without much of a second thought.
On Thursday at Niwot, he'll make his decision official along with several of his classmates — part of the area-wide celebration of the Early Period Signing Day for the 2016-17 school year.
Messinger is one of several BoCo baseball players who have signed or will sign this early period.
"It's cool to make it official definitely," said Messinger, who was named to the BoCoPreps.com All-Region first team as a junior shortstop. "I'm looking forward to facing the most elite competition the nation has to offer being in the Big 12, and that along with just being able to go to an all-around great school is really exciting."
Messinger is looking to build on an exceptional 2016 season with the Cougars — a season which also earned him Northern League player of the year honors. He hit .493 with 15 extra-base hits and 24 RBI in 21 games.
He is hoping to make an impact for a team that has played 125 seasons of baseball and last made the NCAA Regionals in 2014. Last year, KU finished 20-35-1.
"I expect to play shortstop but I'll play anywhere they need me, which could be third base, too," said Messinger, who will sign at NHS along with Sarah Falk (volleyball, Sacramento State), Morgan Pittser (lacrosse, Wofford) and Tommy Stager (wrestling, Air Force). "Shortstop is my home."
Most Signing Day ceremonies took place Wednesday, and an array of athletes from sports other than football solidified their choices with ink. For Monarch basketball player Jasmine Jeffcoat, a tough recruiting process saw her contemplate going back to her native Texas, but in the end she found Missouri-Kansas City to be the best option for her future, athletically and academically.
The daughter of former NFL pro and current Colorado assistant Jim Jeffcoat fell in love with the urban setting of the city and the quaintness of the campus, whose Kangaroos participate in the Western Athletic Conference.
"I will always love Texas but I think I can love it from afar," said Jeffcoat, who has averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for her MoHi career. "Kansas City has a beauty that is all its own, and that stuck out to me. I would say it's a traditional campus, but there's nothing that's too far away. As far as the team goes, I already feel like we're sisters because they're always checking in on me and asking how things are going."
With the girl's hoops season ready to begin, Jeffcoat also said she was convicted to commit and sign before the Coyotes hit the floor.
"I wanted to have that all ready so that I could focus on this team," she said. "I want to make sure and leave the Monarch program as it was left to me. The recruiting process is a mind game, and I didn't think I would be able to commit to my team if I was trying to make decisions about other things."
Monarch also had three other athletes sign on Wednesday — volleyball player Sophie Wingert, swimmer Sidney Trimm and gymnast Brooke Bruder.
Football and soccer athletes are not allowed to sign at this time. Other signing days to note are February 1, 2017 and April 12, 2017.
Local signings on Nov. 9-10 (list compiled from data supplied by received emails and/or school athletic departments):
Broomfield: Avery Bohn (softball, Trinidad State JC); Kathryn Conn (diving, Northern Arizona); Taylor Gilmore (softball, Arizona); Danny Kowalksi (lacrosse, Lindenwood); Linnie Malkin (softball, Arkansas); James Notary (baseball, Texas Christian); Maddie Radamacher (volleyball, Carson-Newman); Blake Rohm (baseball, Virginia); Josh Schoep (cross country/track, Colorado Mines)
Centaurus: Emilee Scates (volleyball, Colorado Western State)
Dawson: Kyle Sudol (lacrosse, Rollins College)
Erie: Maddie Foster (softball, Santa Barbara JC); Rio Sanchez (softball, Central Arkansas)
Fairview: Brittney Beetcher (swimming, Buffalo); Tyler Carpenter (baseball, Illinois State); Audrey Cheng (volleyball, Columbia); Matt Erickson (baseball, Yale); Hannah Freeman (track Colorado State); Duncan Lester (diving, Minnesota); Skyler Limber (baseball, Pepperdine); Sam McGill (baseball, Edgewood); Will Mossa (baseball, Edgewood); Daniel Pearson (golf, Nebraska); Mia Sundstrom (gymnastics, Denver); Michael Zarian (swimming, Harvard)
Frederick: Nikayta Neu (cross country/track, Colorado State-Pueblo); Bryce Shirley (baseball, Western Nebraska CC); Paris Woods (softball, Florida Southwestern State)
Jefferson Academy: Samantha Lewis (volleyball, Northwestern Oklahoma); Christian Van Cleave (cross country, Concordia)
Longmont: Cammi Manes (track, San Diego); Dagin Renck (baseball, CU-Springs); Olivia Storaci (volleyball, Bridgeport)
Longmont Christian: Jackson Solem (golf, Denver)
Lyons: Taylor Christiansen (basketball, Adams State); Liz Jonjak-Plahn (basketball/softball, Lawrence); Brenna Kuskie(track and field, Sioux Falls); CeAnn Udovich(cross country/track and field, CU-Springs)
Mead: Macy Bourn (volleyball, Laramie County CC); Emily Glynn (gymnastics, Denver); Makenzie Regan (softball, CSU-Pueblo)
Monarch: Brooke Bruder (gymnastics, Air Force); Jasmine Jeffcoat (basketball, Missouri-Kansas City); Sidney Trimm (swimming, Houston); Sophie Wingert (volleyball, Point Loma)
Niwot: Sarah Falk (volleyball, Sacramento State); Skyler Messinger (baseball, Kansas); Morgan Pittser (lacrosse, Wofford); Tommy Stager (wrestling, Air Force)
Peak to Peak: Jessica Kirkpatrick (gymnastics, Air Force); Brayden Weyer (baseball, Seattle)
Silver Creek: Rebecca Dunn (softball, Iowa Central CC); Tori Schindler (volleyball, York); Casey Wagner (softball, Metro State); McKenna Webster (volleyball, Louisiana-Monroe)