ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — It was an afternoon for signing and celebrating Thursday at Boylan Catholic High School. Seven student-athletes signed with colleges and universities.

They are as follows:
Nathan Anderson – Swim – Saint Ambrose University
Samantha Appino – Softball – Edgewood College
Alberto Chavez – Football – Carroll University
Mark Harris – Football – Roosevelt University
J’Mar Johnson – Football – Roosevelt University
Tessa Lawson – Golf – Carroll University
Molly Ryan – Swim – Grinnell College

“It’s a wonderful experience, you know, just like this school in particular, just being around with people and all that. I’m just glad I signed today, it was just an amazing experience,” said Chavez.

Both Harris and Johnson have been planning to go to school together for quite some time.

“We’ve been growing up with each other since we were like five years old, so I’ve been playing against him and then as soon as we got into high school I said, let’s just go to the same college when it’s all said and done, so that’s what we’re doing now,” said Harris.

And now they’ve got four more years on the football field together.

“It brings a lot of excitement to me because we get to go on a football field one more time with each other for the next four years,” said Johnson.

Lawson said she felt right at home when she visited Carroll University, and it became official on Thursday.

“I love my team. They’re a great group of girls and I can’t wait to spend the next four years with them,” said Lawson.