Seniors committed to play at collegiate level


Maya McClendon, (12) signs her letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of Louisville.

The 2020 season was unlike any other year for fall sports. Due to Covid-19, the season started later than usual, less total games in general, and some games without fans which challenged recruitment. 

Despite impairments to the athletic season, some Manual seniors found success in recruiting to college to continue their academic and athletic careers. 


Rodreques Boller Jr., who plays offensive left tackle for the Crimsons, officially committed to Murray State University. Throughout his high school career, he has collected achievements such as First Team All-District three times and 2020 Great American Rivalry Series (GARS) Scholar-Athlete. 

Malachi Lawernce who plays linebacker for Manual announced his commitment to play defensive end for the University of Central Florida. Lawrence is a three-star recruit and ranked 13 in the state of Kentucky for the class 2021 football.

Defensive back, Eli Blakey announced his commitment to Miami University today after originally choosing the University of Arkansas last week. Blakely was named All-State Defensive Back this year and ranked 14 of the class of 2021 football in Kentucky. Eli Blakey appeared on Wave 3 News for the player of the week on Sept. 26, 2020.

Blakey chose to uncommit from Arkansas for personal reasons, “I wanted to find out what school would prepare me most for my future, whether or not I go to the NFL” Blakey said.

25 overall in the state of Kentucky in the class of 2021, Braxton Cannon announced his commitment to Air Force in July prior to this season.

Other seniors such as Bryce Yates and Ramont Townsend have all received multiple offers but haven’t announced any commitments as of today.


Outside/middle hitter, Emmeri Roberts announced her commitment to the University of Chicago. The atmosphere and the prestigious academics are what stood out most, “to me everything about UChicago was perfect,” Roberts said. 

Makayla Davis faced an injury that caused her to miss part of the season, though the setter was still able to receive an offer from Transylvania University. 

Makayla and Emmeri share a most memorable moment playing volleyball for Manual, defeating Male their sophomore and senior year.

“This year’s win against Male was special because it showed how we overcame all the adversity we faced this season,” Roberts said. 

Also, Makayla will always remember her first game back against Presentation, “the team looked so good and we won,” Makayla said. 

Field hockey: 

Alana Fields, forward/midfielder signed the National Letter of Intent to Northeastern University. She will most remember winning the Husky Tournament and being the only public school to win the Apple Tournament.

The city and how Northeastern values athletics and academics drew her, “ Northeastern field hockey’s program is very competitive and the culture values academics first,” Fields said.

Emma Rose has also announced her commitment to John Hopkins University to continue her field hockey career.