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'I have a lot to prove': 3 Nicolet athletes sign Division 1 scholarships on signing day

Posted at 6:28 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 19:28:11-05

A rare day at Nicolet Wednesday, where Division 1 athletes signed scholarship intents. And then you add the pandemic era to it - it makes it all the more special.

They are: James Graham, Maryland Basketball. Kobe Johnson, USC Basketball. And Will Navarre, Wisconsin Men's soccer.

"It means a lot. I know how hard I worked for this. You know, I know how far I've come. And just to finally be able to secure a spot is just amazing," Kobe Johnson says.

"They saw through you know, all the potential. And so, that I could have tapped in before any other school did. And it was kind of more, they actually evaluated me. They took the time out of their day to analyze me. Before, you know, other schools just kind of hopped on, right? They started it," James Graham says.

"I mean, being up there on that stage, and you know, showing people that, you know you did it kind of. I mean you signed that signature, you did it. You made it. You're going to school. So, you know, that's just something that was huge for me," James Graham says.

"Finally, to sign the piece of paper and kind of be done with everything? It's a moment of relief. But then you know? It's kinda sad," Will Navarre says.

"I couldn't be any prouder of each and every one of them. This is a dream come true for each and every one of us. And we've been working for this our entire lives," Kobe Johnson says.

Three high-level athletes. Full of accomplishment, and emotion on their special day.

"It's sad, it really is. You know, as much as I hated the car rides when I was going through them? Now, you know, I would love to take one more," Navarre says.

"I have a lot to prove, knowing that my brother of course is you know, he's out there. And I'm really not out there. So, I really have to go in, knowing like, I have a chip on my shoulder," Kobe Johnson says.

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