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National Signing Day 2022-2023

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It’s NLI day! (Not to be confused with NIL—Name, Image, and Likeness—because everything is so helpful and good.)

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 2023 competitive season (and some for the upcoming 2022 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 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 for (at least what appears to be) the whole class.

NLIs 2022-2023

MICHIGAN

Kaylen Morgan
Farah Lipetz

Kaylen Morgan competed as a senior elite this year, finishing 21st at nationals and a little more than a point out of the Olympic Trials places. We were also allegedly supposed to see a couple more signings in this class, including Lily Clapper (sister of Leah Clapper), but nothing on that front.

OKLAHOMA

Faith Torrez
Ava Siegfeldt

Oklahoma is one of the few top teams that actually lost quite a few important routines from the 2021 season and started to fall behind in the "ELITES ARE MIIIIINE" race to Florida, UCLA, and Utah in terms of the 2022 newcomers. With two of the best elite-to-NCAA gymnasts in this class, Oklahoma is restocking well. 

UTAH

Makenna Smith

After a couple classes of loading up on elites, Utah has a small class with one L10 star for the 2023 season. Expect small-ish classes to be the norm this year for a bunch of teams as they have to start paring down from the super-sized rosters of 2022.

FLORIDA

Kayla DiCello

It's another huge get for Florida on a roster that's alreay full of them, signing the top elite in this entire class in DiCello. Although, much of the interest comes in who is not in this release, at least thus far. Sophia Butler and JaFree Scott had also verbaled to be part of this class—and another signing period has gone by with no mention of Shilese Jones.

ALABAMA

Karis German
Zoe Gravier
Lauren Little
Gabby Gladieux
Lillian Lewis
Rachel Rybicki

This is Alabama's largest and most recognizable class in a good long while, with German who nearly advanced to trials, Little who has been an elite for 915 years, and Gravier who was an MG Elite refugee who ended up at First State to do L10.

LSU

Lilly Lippeatt
Annie Beard
Bryce Wilson

Some big names in this LSU class, with Lippeatt as one of the more recognizable elites of this year's class along with Beard, who competed as a Texas Dreams elite for a while. Wilson joins them as one of the top L10 vaulting recruits of the year.

CAL

eMjae Frazier
Casey Brown
Miki Adrenito

Frazier is the name of the group and will be a major addition as Cal becomes more accustomed to recruiting top athletes now given the last couple classes. This class was also supposed to include British elite Ondine Achampong, so keep an eye on whether she signs at a later date or not.

MINNESOTA

Brooklyn Rowray
Seria Johnson
Sarah Moraw

Moraw was just a Senior A last spring when she won the title at L10s. At the same competition, Rowray had strong finishes on BB/FX as did Johnson on VT.

ARIZONA STATE

Kimmy Smith

DENVER

Ava Mabanta
Mila Brusch
Cecilia Cooley
Kiley Rorich

Sister alert in this class with the younger sisters of Isabel Mabanta and Aria Brusch signing.

KENTUCKY

UCLA

Ciena Alipio
Selena Harris

UCLA has tweeted about these two—the two who had already verbaled—both of whom should be major contributors. Harris is one of the best options from the junior-elite-to-NCAA-star pipeline in this class. But they've delayed on putting out a comprehensive release, leaving the door open for the announcement of some secret international elite we didn't know about, or something. Or, they're just being all UCLA about it and the official release will come when Fran gets around to it.

ARKANSAS

Cally Swaney
Jaime Pratt
Lauren Williams
Reese Drotar

MISSOURI

Addison Lawrence

NC STATE

Meg Adler
Kailee Adomaites

OHIO STATE

Payton Harris
Mallory Gregory
Ella Robbins
Kaylyn Mintz

IOWA

GEORGIA

Ariel Posen
Jacquie Moran
Naya Howard

Ariel Posen is another MG Elite refugee landing in college in this class. 

BYU

Morgan Trevor
Kylie Eaquinto
Maddie Patton

ILLINOIS

IOWA STATE

OREGON STATE

Francesca Caso
Jennifer McMillan
Savannah Miller
Ellison Weaver

SOUTHERN UTAH

Olivia Orlando
Kennedi McClain
Kayla Pardue
Trista Goodman
Kauri Hunsaker
Ellie Thompson
Camry Miller

BOISE STATE

Sydney Kho
Kylee Hamby
Riley Shaffer

Both of Kho's sisters are on the Southern Utah team.

UTAH STATE

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

ARIZONA

Gianna Lenczer
Jordan Schultz
Sophia Stephens
Emma Strom

WEST VIRGINIA

Brooke Irwin
Carlee Nelson
Miranda Smith
Emma Wehry

TOWSON

MARYLAND

Madeline Komorski
Taylor Rech

KENT STATE

EASTERN MICHIGAN

PENN STATE

Ava Peidrahita
Amani Herring

Piedrahita is a Hill's gymnast who finished 2nd AA at L10 nationals this year.

WESTERN MICHIGAN

Makenna King

AUBURN

Olivia Greaves
Hannah Hagle
Hailey John

TEMPLE

Charlie Behner
Reese DeHaan
Ashley Glynn

BALL STATE

Kenna Geibel
Aislyn LaBadie
Zoe Middleton
Olivia Rickle
Alauna Simms
Karah Vargo

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Leah Moreno
Sam Nokes

NEBRASKA

Csenge Bacskay
Emalee Frost
Lauren Homecillo

Bacskay will be very familiar to viewers of Challenge Cup events, opening the Hungarian pipeline to college gymnastics.

RUTGERS

NORTH CAROLINA

Gwen Fink
Kaya Forbes
Paige Prejean
Amy Wozniak

WASHINGTON

ILLINOIS STATE

Joy Ziegenfelder
Nirel Bart-Williams
Berta Pujadas-Rusiñol

LINDENWOOD

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

GEORGE WASHINGTON

SEMO

Taylor Inge
Sydney Crouch

TWU

Brooke Ferrari
Rubylyn Goad
Allison Landry
Kamille Zarlengo

PITTSBURGH

Natalia Pawlak
Carla Ferzoco
Lucia Jakab

BOWLING GREEN

SAN JOSE STATE

Kyra Cato

STANFORD

Taralyn Nguyen
Claire Dean
Ashley Carter
Anna Roberts

It's a very strong class of L10s for Stanford this year. Dean was a junior elite in 2018, and returned to L10 in 2019 to place 2nd AA at 2019 L10s, while Roberts won the L10 AA title in her age group in 2021. Two UB/BBers and two VT/FXers in this class. 

LIU

MICHIGAN STATE

Stephanie Lebster
Nikki Smith
Sage Kellerman
Olivia Zsarmani
Elle Beaufait

WILLIAM & MARY

UC DAVIS

SACRAMENTO STATE

BRIDGEPORT

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