Story and Photos by Rusty Ellis
White County senior Addison Abell signed her national letter of intent on Tuesday to continue her softball and academic career at Union University.
“I’ve been working at it for a very long time, and today really seals the deal,” Abell said. “It shows me that all my hard work was worth it in the end.”
As far as the recruiting process goes, Abell says that she felt the interest from Union throughout the entirety of her process.
“Union really showed me that they wanted me, and ultimately that was the biggest thing,” Abell said. “When I toured the college, I loved everything about it…Union really showed me that they could use me and gave me the confidence that I needed, and that was what was most important to me.”
She still has her senior year in Sparta in front of her, and it gives her a chance to achieve some more of her goals before she heads to west Tennessee. The signing, in the words of her coach, was a complete testament to everything she’s achieved up to this point.
“She’s a true person who puts in her time,” said WCHS head coach Jerry Roberts. “She’s worked hard, and put in her dedication and time. She’s very well-deserving.”
Roberts says he also likes the fit for Abell at Union, saying she would be a great fit anywhere she goes.
“I think anywhere she goes, she fits in,” Roberts said. “She’s a great person on and off the field…when she gets in the circle, she’s a bulldog. She’s absolutely ready.”
Abell still has a season left at WCHS, but when asked about what she’s looking forward to the most at Union, she says it’s the competition.
“I’m really excited about competing at that next level,” Abell said. “Really just showing everybody what I can do, and proving that I deserve to be there.”