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National Signing Day 2020-2021

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It’s NLI day!

To review:
NLI = National Letter of Intent

The National Letter of Intent is a document signed by future college athletes confirming their intent to attend and compete for a particular school. Signing the NLI signals the end of the recruiting process—i.e., all other schools must immediately cease recruiting that gymnast. The NLI is accompanied by the athletic aid (scholarship) agreement. Gymnasts can’t sign NLIs if they are not receiving athletic aid.

Wednesday marks the beginning of this year’s signing period, during which schools will finally reveal to us which gymnasts have signed on to join their programs for the 2021 competitive season. The large majority will be unsurprising since most of these gymnasts have been verbally committed to these schools since the womb, but there are always a few little pieces of interest (usually regarding who doesn’t sign rather than who does).

So, let’s see what we see.

Note: Many teams announce their classes one-by-one on social media, so if you’re desperate to know who has been signed by a particular school, keep an eye on that. I’ll note them here once the schools post their official press release.

NLIs 2020-2021

OKLAHOMA Audrey Davis
Julianne Fehring
Bell Johnson
Katherine LeVasseur
Quinn Smith
Meilin Sullivan
Oklahoma announced its six on Twitter. By my count of who has signed over the last four years, that would put OU at 13 scholarship athletes for the 2021 season, so someone who originally signed must no longer be on scholarship.
LSU Release Olivia Dunne
Haleigh Bryant
Elena Arenas
Two former elites and a L10 star in LSU’s signing group. There were some other names that verbally committed along the way, but these three are the big names. Others could end up as walk-ons.
UCLA Release Chae Campbell
UCLA has announced one signing, that of Chae Campbell. She joins Jordan Chiles and Frida Esparza, who already signed last year and then deferred. That means we’re waiting on news from Brooklyn Moors and Ana Padurariu—and Emma Malabuyo after TD seemed to indicate that she would be going early. Word is that Laney Madsen may be searching for a new home after removing college verbal information from her bios.
DENVER Release Rose Casali
Jessica Hutchinson
Isabel Mabanta
Rylie Mundell
Abbie Thompson
You’ll recall Mabanta competed elite in 2018, finishing 19th at Classic.
MICHIGAN Release Carly Bauman
Reyna Guggino
Naomi Morrison
OREGON STATE Release Sydney Gonzales
Kaitlyn Hoiland
Anna Yeates
Ariana Young
UTAH Release Deanne Soza
Jaylene Gilstrap
Lucy Stanhope
Soza and Gilstrap provide Utah with its class of US gymternet form favorites, and you’ll remember Stanhope from GBR’s 2018 Euros team, where she performed a DTY (vault is her best piece) and competed bars. Carina Jordan from WCC was also originally a verbal for this class but is not part of the signing group.
GEORGIA Release Victoria Nguyen
Nhyla Bryant
Katie Finnegan
Victoria Nguyen is a previously unreported big-get style signing for Georgia.
KENTUCKY Release Ashlyn LaClair (2020)
Bailey Bunn
Carissa Clay
Isabella Magnelli
Krista Zultevicz
LaClair will join to compete this coming season.
FLORIDA Release Morgan Hurd
Riley McCusker
Both Hurd and McCusker, by year, were supposed to sign last November but elected to push back a year to pursue 2020. They have both signed now, but Morgan Hurd is pushing back her entrance for another year to go after worlds in 2021 and doesn’t plan to start until the 2022 season. So that’s a unqiue move. We never see two-year deferrals unless the second year is the Olympic year.

Also fascinating, Shilese Jones was supposed to be part of this class as well but is not in the announcement.

CAL Release Gabby Perea
Andrea Li
It’s a big deal for Cal to get these two, and they’ve been looking forward to this “we’re getting some of the top recruits in the country” group for a while.
ALABAMA Release
Release 2
Luisa Blanco (2020 season)
Ella Burgess (2020 season)
Cameron Machado
Alabama has confirmed that Blanco and Burgess will join the roster for the 2020 season (and they needed it) and later added Cameron Machado for the 2021 season. No word on Shania Adams, who was also supposed to be part of that 2021 season class.
MINNESOTA Release Gianna Gerdes
The gymnasts coming in as part of this class have to replace the Lexy Ramler, Ona Loper scores. This class is supposed to be bigger than one person, so…
NEBRASKA Release Caroline Williams
Chloe Lorange
Kinsey Davis
BOISE STATE
Release Courtney Blackson
Talia Little
Emily Lopez
AUBURN
Release Brooke Butler
Olivia Hollingsworth
Payton Smith
MISSOURI
Release Kambrie Brandt (for 2020)
Kyra Burns
Amaya Marshall
ARKANSAS Release Emma Kelley
Jordan Olszewski
Gillian Rutz
Jensen Scalzo
WASHINGTON Release Taylor Russon
Cathy Eksteen
Skylar Killough-Wilhelm
IOWA STATE
BYU Release
Release 2
Sydney Benson
Sophia McClelland
STANFORD
Release Irina Alexeeva
Tan Sze En
Amanda Zeng
ILLINOIS
Release Amelia Knight
Allie Morgan
Abby Mueller
PENN STATE
Release Natalie Cross
Maddie Johnston
Maggie Mace
ARIZONA STATE
Release Cassandra Barbarente
Sarah Clark
Skye Harper
Jada Mangahas
Anaya Smith
Emily White
SOUTHERN UTAH
Release Emma Ingrassia
Aubri Schwartze
Hailey Vultaggio
WEST VIRGINIA
Release Chloe Asper
Agatha Handono
Kiana Lewis
OK don’t say “Butts Inks”
NC STATE
OHIO STATE
MARYLAND Release Elizabeth DeBarberie
Tayler Osterhout
Alexa Rothenbuescher
Olivia Weir
IOWA
GEORGE WASHINGTON
Release Kendall Whitman
Annelise Silverman
CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Release Adriana Bustelo
NEW HAMPSHIRE
ARIZONA
KENT STATE
UC DAVIS
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
MICHIGAN STATE
UTAH STATE
PITTSBURGH Release Macy Ferrera
Emily Liszewski
Trinity Macy
BALL STATE
Release Victoria Henry
Hannah Ruthberg
Kelly Sulek
TEMPLE
Release Brooke Donabedian
Renee Schugman
Cyrena Whalen
RUTGERS
EASTERN MICHIGAN
Release Raisa Boris
NORTH CAROLINA
Release Tienna Nguyen
Kate Greene
Cory Shinohara
WESTERN MICHIGAN
Release Sarah Moravansky
Dani Petrousek
BOWLING GREEN
Release Sydney Bennett
Lauren Bannister
Kylie Yacamelli
SAN JOSE STATE
Release Natasha Forrand
Jaudai Lopes
Lauren Macpherson
ILLINOIS STATE
Release Isabella Decroo
Kaitlyn Donovan
Carly Hawksworth
Madison Kipp
Jazmine Neely
Kaylee Sugimoto
TOWSON
Release Cassidy Stuart
Sarah Girot
Grace Vaillancourt
ALASKA
WILLIAM & MARY
SACRAMENTO STATE
Release Emma Morgenthaler
Torri Tavenner
SEMO
Release Anna Speller
Sophia Studdard
Lydia Test
Lydia Webb
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