Signing day

Most did it before school started. A few others waited until the afternoon. All of them were never before so happy to use a fax machine.

Wednesday’s signing day for football, soccer and boys water polo players has come and gone, with a host of local high school athletes making their college choices official. For most of them, it’s a dream come true.

As a whole, the local football players that signed on Wednesday lack the star power that some past years have had. Salesian running back Jahvid Best is the only local athlete ranked as one of the top 100 recruits in the country. But that doesn’t mean the rest won’t turn out to be productive college athletes.

In 2004, Antioch grad Brent Casteel was ranked as the 13th best prospect in the East Bay. But in 2006, he was named second-team All-Mountain West Conference as a Utah receiver. He caught 39 passes for 600 yards and a team-high 10 TDs. He also rushed for 262 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

In 2000, Bishop O’Dowd’s Kirk Morrison was rated as the 18th best prospect in the East Bay. But in 2006, he led the Raiders in tackles (127) for second straight year. He’s considered one of the key young pieces to a defense that ranked third overall in the NFL.

So don’t best surprised to see one of this year’s signees who are flying under the radar turn out to be much more than anyone expected. Right now, the possibilities are endless.