With a year of high school baseball left to play, three Calallen Wildcats players have already agreed to play at the next level.
Calallen High School held a signing ceremony last Wednesday for seniors Brett Bell, Tanner Vanderver and Chad Vanaman, who will all play baseball for college teams in 2011.
Bell, who broke the school career and single-season records for stolen bases last year, signed with Texas State University.
"This is my day to show everybody that everything I've been doing for the past 12 years or so is paying off," Bell said after the ceremony. "Now I get to go out and relax and just play the game."
Bell said he plans to study physical therapy in college.
Vanderver, who signed with Texarkana Junior College, agreed with Bell that having his college plans set will make his final high school season a little sweeter.
"It's what I've always wanted to do," Vanderver said. "Now I don't have to worry about where I'm going to play next year. It takes a lot of pressure off."
Vanderver alternated between second and first base last season and hit 14 home runs.
Vanderver hopes to study sports marketing in college.
For Vandaman, the day was the culmination of years of sacrifice.
"My entire high school career, I've done nothing but work. I've cut off a lot of friends and stuff that I could do to have fun, just for baseball. I've had to sacrifice a lot, but it's definitely worth it."
Vandaman plans to study chemical engineering or to enter pharmacy school.
Calallen head baseball coach Steve Chapman said he was looking forward to another full season with the three players, and was pleased they would have an opportunity to move on.
"We expect a whole lot of big things out of all three of them," Chapman said. "This is an opportunity for them to get their education paid for and to get to continue their baseball careers."