NSD: Forget football, here's where HS golfers are going

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Sam Burns during the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)

It’s the first Wednesday in February. A day when fax machines take center stage as coaches eagerly await written agreements from some of the top student-athletes in the country. Yes, it’s National Signing Day, the first day of a two-month period when high school football players can sign a national letter of intent.     

Prospective college golfers, however, have two signing periods. An early period, which took place Nov. 12-19 last year and a regular period which begins April 15 and runs through Aug. 1. Here is a snapshot of nine of the top juniors and where they will be playing their college golf this fall:

INCOMING CLASS OF 2015

Sam Burns, LSU

The 2014 AJGA Rolex Player of the Year signed with LSU over Alabama in the early period. Burns’ season included wins in the Junior PGA Championship and AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions. Burns is ranked 12th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.        


Sam Horsfield, FLORIDA

The native Englishman now lives in Davenport, Fla., and is staying in the state to be a Florida Gator. Horsfield won three events in 2014 and successfully defended his New Year’s Invitational crown in January.


Jorge Garcia, FLORIDA

Also staying in state to attend Florida is Jorge Garcia, the 35th ranked amateur. Garcia finished 10th in the Latin America Amateur Championship. Both Garcia and Horsfield remained committed to the Gators following coach Buddy Alexander’s retirement last April.


Austin Connelly, ARKANSAS

A star on the winning 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team, Connelly de-committed from SMU and chose to sign with Arkansas. Connelly won the Jones Cup Invitational, earning an invitational to participate in this fall’s McGladrey Classic on the PGA Tour.


Brad Dalke, OKLAHOMA

The McKinney, Texas native verbally committed to the Sooners at age 12. Dalke finished runner-up in three events last season including the Junior Players Championship.


Zachary Bauchou,  OKLAHOMA STATE

A native of Forest, Va., Bauchou had six top-10 finishes in 2014. The future Cowboy has twice been named a first-team AJGA Rolex Junior All-American.  


Davis Riley, ALABAMA

A member on the winning 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team, Riley won the Terra Cotta Invitational last April and finished fifth at the Jones Cup Invitational. Riley is ranked 37th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.  


Donnie Trosper, UCF

The Canton, Mich., native will be heading south next fall to play for UCF. Trosper won four AJGA events last year, tying him with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for second all-time.   


Joshua Martin, NORTH CAROLINA

A native of Pinehurst, N.C., Martin will join his older brother Zachary at North Carolina. Last June, the 17 year old became the youngest North Carolina Amateur Champion. He also made history at Pinehurst in 2014, becoming the first player in 67-years to win the Donald Ross Junior Invitational for a third time.


- Anthony Kazmierczak contributed.