It was a bittersweet day for three Wayne Hills High School athletes.
Kevin Olsen, Erik Moskal, and Bjonda Ademi signed letters of intent on Wednesday, National Signing Day, to play sports at the colleges they selected.
Olsen, one of the best quarterbacks in the country and a natural pocket passer, will play for the University of Miami. Signing the letter was merely a formality as Olsen verbally committed to playing for the Hurricanes last year. Olsen’s older brother Greg played for the Hurricanes before being drafted into the NFL.
“I really think eventually Miami will be in the national picture and contend for a national championship,” Olsen said.
Olsen was named one of the top 11 signal callers in the county at the Elite 11 quarterback camp last year.
Moskal, a wide receiver, will attend Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He had nearly 500 receiving yards this past season.
“I just felt like it was the perfect fit for me,” Moskal said. “I feel in love with the campus and the coaching staff from the beginning. It’s been a dream of mine since I was little.”
Ademi, an all-county goalkeeper, will attend Felician College. She plans on majoring in nursing.
“I like the school and they had my major and the financial aid was great,” Moskal said.
The athletes said they thought a lot about how they first started out playing competitive sports when they were younger.
“When I first started playing, my first coaches, the moments in high school, all those moments as a little kid and paying with my dad. That’s what I’m thinking of,” Moskal said.
“Those memories, they play back in my mind almost every night,” Moskal said. “It’s like a movie.”
Brad Smith, the site director for athletics and student activities at Wayne Hills, spoke highly of the students.
“All three of these individuals have been representing Wayne Hills very well. They’ve made the community proud,” Smith said. “Obviously, when a college commits to a kid they’re not just looking at their athletic ability. They want a young adult who is going to represent their college or university well. It speaks to these kids overall ability both on and off the field as student athletes.”