Three Golden Bears sign letters of intent

By wbng sports

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Three key members of this year's Vestal football team are headed in different directions to play different sports next season. But all three signed their letters of intent together Thursday.

Nick Wegmann, Pat Carlin and Mike Osinski all made their college intentions official Thursday afternoon at Vestal high school.

Carlin is headed to play lacrosse for Syracuse, Wegmann is staying home to play baseball for the Binghamton University, and Osinski is headed to Longwood University for baseball.

It's a day all three will remember.

"I think it's special when you've got three guys going to play division one sports from one school," said Wegmann. "We're all buddies, we all played football together and we knew we were all going to be signing the same week so we said why not all do it on the same day."

"It's awesome that we can all do this and we're all pretty good friends," said Carlin. "So I mean it's awesome we can all share this together."

"It's a pretty special day signing with all the guys," said Osinski. "I mean we played football together this fall and it just felt good being all together and signing together."

Carlin added that the prestige of the Syracuse lacrosse program was a big reason he'll be heading north to be an Orange.

Merrill picks Vermont
In Owego, Rachel Merrill made her decision official. She'll be headed to the University of Vermont to continue her basketball career next season.

Merrill ranks second in school history with more than 125 blocked shots in her career, and helped lead the Indians to a Section IV title in 2012.

She picked Vermont because it just seemed like the right fit.

"They really made me feel comfortable and like family there," said Merrrill. "All the team members, the coaches especially. It just felt like home. Originally I didn't want to go somewhere cold, but it just felt comfortable and the area is so nice. It was really just a great program and a good fit."

Vermont is one of BU's America East rivals, so she'll be coming home once a year to play the Bearcats.