“He’s a great kid, and that’s what we care about most is that he’s going to fit into our family well,” Clarkson said. “We feel we have a great dynamic, and we have a program that is going in the right direction, and Matt is going to fit in well.”
Meanwhile, Holesinger will be down the road to Dail at Lewis in Romeoville, which he says was a nice fit for him.
“One of my mentors, Brian Damhoff, told me to go check it out, and so I did, and they have an aviation and a good physics program that ties in with the Illinois Technological Institute. I’d be able to do a dual degree for physics and aerospace engineering on top of doing track, and I want to do the decathlon,” Holesinger said.
Holesinger points out it also alleviated pressure signing before the season track season started.
“It’s nice to be able to take the pressure off where you don’t have to be No. 1 necessarily; now it’s just me going after my own personal goals instead of forcefully going after them,” he said.
Jones is also close to her team starting the season as Illinois plays its baseball and softball seasons in the spring. She says there also was relief signing before the season lifted off in full bloom.
“It was a big weight off my shoulders and having it done,” Jones said. “I’m really excited for this season, and I think we’re (Fulton) going to be very good.”
Jones selected Lakeland, located 51 miles south of Champaign, for its program history.
“They’ve been a top-five program in the nation, and if they can help me to get to the Division I level, it’s going to be great,” Jones said. “They’ve taken a lot of girls to that level, and that’s one of my biggest goals.”