Four Raiders sign letters of intent


Four Benjamin Logan athletes are moving on to play collegiate football.

Sam Whitten, Luke Hemmelgarn, Max Mannings, and Hayden Kennaw all recently signed their letters of intent.

Sam, the son of Sarah and Scott Whitten, signed with Saint Xavier University in Chicago. He intends to major in finance.

Whitten chose St. Xavier because of the coaches. He felt like he had a genuine connection with all of them, especially the recruiting coordinator, Coach Feminis. Whitten also felt a strong family environment around the university.

Whitten and family

Some of Sam’s goals are to graduate from SXU with at least a 3.5 GPA, be a first-team all-conference receiver, and become employed in a well-paying job.

Luke, the son of Trisha and Brian Hemmelgarn, signed with Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Luke will major in forensic chemistry.

Hemmelgarn chose Mercyhurst because it checked all of his boxes. The school has strong religious roots, great academics, and a good football program.

Hemmelgarn and family

Hemmelgarn also considered Ashland, Tiffin, Notre Dame College, University of Dayton, and Ohio Northern.

Mannings and Kennaw both signed to play at Heidelberg.

Max, the son of Valla and Wade Mannings.

Mannings and family

Mannings plans to major in marketing.

Other than Heidelberg, he also looked at Bowling Green.

Hayden is the son of Beth Hensel and Greg Kennaw.

Kennaw and family

Kennaw chose Heidelberg because the university has always spoken to him since his first visit and it has always felt like home. He will major in business while at Heidelberg.