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9 Hilton Head Prep athletes sign letters of intent

For Cem Caglayan, Thursday was the culmination of a dream years in the making.

Caglayan was one of nine Hilton Head Prep student-athletes to sign letters-of-intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college. He'll pitch for the Charleston Southern baseball team.

"This is a dream come true," Caglayan said. "My dream ever since I was 14 or 15 was just to play college baseball.

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"But now it's official and I'll be at Charleston Southern next year."

Caglayan, having played travel ball there for several years, is familiar with Charleston and loves the area.

"Hopefully, I'll get some innings in relief my first year and I'll go from there," he said.

Anita Uwadia will continue her golf career at South Carolina.

"They have a great golf program and I think I can totally go pro if I go there," she said. "I love the coach, I love the school, so I think it's just a nice place for me."

Uwadia, who decided on USC almost two years ago, also attended the Junior Players Golf Academy on the island.

Chase Schupp, originally from New Orleans, is going home to Tulane to play men's tennis.

"I'm from New Orleans and I've been away for a while and I'm looking forward to going home," Schupp said. "It's got a great blend of athletics and academics."

Schupp will study political economics and hopes to see early playing time.

"I'm looking to make an immediate impact," he said.

Cem Caglayan

Hilton Head Prep, baseball

College: Charleston Southern

Noteworthy: Caglayan has been named All-Region, and SCISAA All-State for the Dolphins and was a member of the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette All-Area Team.

Quote: "Once Charleston Southern talked to me and I knew I had a chance to go there, I didn't want to go anywhere else."

J. Walker Campbell

Hilton Head Prep, golf

College: William and Mary

Noteworthy: Named All-Region in 2014, All-Region and All-State in 2015, took third place individually at the SCISAA state championship and won the 2015 Jimmy Self Invitational.

EJ Churchich

Hilton Head Prep, baseball

College: St. Petersburg

Noteworthy: Named All-Region and has played on the varsity team at Prep since eighth grade.

Ellie Czura

Hilton Head Prep, tennis

College: University of the South/Sewanee

Noteworthy: A member of Prep's three-time SCISAA state championship team, she has been named All-Region and SCISAA All-State. She trains at Smith Stearns and is the No. 7 recruit in S.C. and a four-star national recruit.

Shannon O'Brien

Hilton Head Prep, tennis

College: Arkansas State

Noteworthy: A member of Prep's three-time SCISAA state championship team, she's a six-time letter winner. She went undefeated at No. 1 singles and doubles in 2015. Named a Prince Hot 100 Player this fall, she was awarded the Tennis Carnevale Scholar/Athlete Award from Prep in 2012-13, was named 2012 SCISAA Player of the Year and received the USTA's Kimberly Hampton Award in 2011 for the most improved female in S.C.

Chase Schupp

Hilton Head Prep, tennis

College: Tulane

Noteworthy: The No. 1 recruit for the state of Louisiana, he has won the Boys 18 and 16 Louisiana Clay Court championships and advanced to the third round of the National Clay Court Championships in boys 18 singles and doubles.

Quote: "Tulane is a school, it didn't matter where it was in the country, I wanted to go there."

Anita Uwadia

Hilton Head Prep, golf

College: South Carolina

Noteworthy: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year in 2103, she recently placed second in the boys division of a tour event.

Quote: "(Hilton Head Prep) was amazing. I never liked school, but it's a small school. I got to build great relationships with my teachers, who were so great helping me out with the subjects I needed, as well as personal stuff."

Alex Vanezis

Hilton Head Prep, tennis

College: Middlebury

Noteworthy: He's the No. 4 recruit in S.C. and a three-star national recruit.

Trevor White

Hilton Head Prep, tennis

College: University of the South/Sewanee

Noteworthy: Named All-Region and SCISAA All-State, he's the No. 13 recruit in S.C. and a two-star recruit. He trains at Smith-Stearns.

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