Football Players Make Their Picks

 Three Avalon School football players signed National Letters of Intent to play college football on February 6, 2013 in Gaithersburg, Md. Linebacker Tommy Vince, left, signed with The Catholic University of America, running back Rachid Ibrahim, center, signed with the University of Pittsburgh, and athlete Jacquille Veii signed with the University of Maryland.

Three Avalon School football players signed National Letters of Intent to play college football on February 6, 2013 in Gaithersburg, Md. Linebacker Tommy Vince, left, signed with The Catholic University of America, running back Rachid Ibrahim, center, signed with the University of Pittsburgh, and athlete Jacquille Veii signed with the University of Maryland.

Three Avalon School football players signed letters of intent on college football’s National Signing Day last Wednesday during a school assembly.

Avalon participated in the event for the first time school history. National Signing Day is covered by every major sports media outlet in the country including ESPN and Fox Sports.

The Avalon School's running back Rachid Ibrahim stands at a podium during a school assembly on February 6, 2013 in Gaithersburg, Md., where he announced his intentions to play football at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Avalon School’s running back Rachid Ibrahim stands at a podium during a school assembly on February 6, 2013 in Gaithersburg, Md., where he announced his intentions to play football at the University of Pittsburgh.

Rachid Ibrahim, Avalon’s all-time rushing leader, announced in October he would attend the University of Pittsburgh. He finalized the commitment at the assembly.

“It’s a great school and campus,” said Ibrahim. “The football program is very strong and it’s also close to home.”

Ibrahim will study business as well as living in the weight room and studying playbooks.

Athlete Jacquille Veii had the toughest decision to make and his lengthy recruitment garnered national attention. Journalists at organizations such ESPN.com, Rivals.com and The Washington Post followed the event intensely.

After he narrowed his choices to Iowa, Nebraska, and Maryland, Veii decided to stay in his home state and play at the University of Maryland.

The Avalon School's Jacquille Veii, right, is flanked by teammate Rachid Ibrahim during a school assembly on February 6, 2013 in Gaithersburg, Md., where he announced his intentions to play football at the University of Maryland.

The Avalon School’s Jacquille Veii, right, is flanked by teammate Rachid Ibrahim during a school assembly on February 6, 2013 in Gaithersburg, Md., where he announced his intentions to play football at the University of Maryland.

“I had a great time on my visit,” said Veii. “I love the school and its close so my friends and family can come watch me play.”
Veii will be study broadcasting and work towards a starting cornerback spot on the team.

Tommy Vince, a four year starter and leader on the Avalon defense, had applied to 15 different schools, many of which wanted him to play football.

On Wednesday, Vince announced that he attend the Catholic University of America to study engineering and play football.
“It was an easy decision for me,” said Vince. “I love the team, the coaches, and the campus. It’s also right in my backyard. With my family moving I want to keep in touch with The Avalon and Brookewood community.”

During the ceremony, the school announced the retirement of Ibrahim and Veii’s jersey numbers. Those numbers are forever off limits to future football players.

The Washington Post sent reporter Brandon Parker to the school assembly and the event streamed live on the internet by local broadcasting group DMVstream.com.

Media attendance also included Brandy Simms from The Sentinel, along with his camera crew.

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