Signing Day is always a special day.
Not only for the players who make the final decision regarding their college futures, but for their families, coaches and support systems as well.
That moment arrived Wednesday morning for Holy Cross duo Tyler Grubbs and Josh Remetich as both signed their Letters of Intent to play linebacker and offensive line at Louisiana Tech and Tulane, respectively.
Both made their initial pledges in June and July, and stayed true to their commitments with their signatures Wednesday in front of a throng of family and friends at Holy Cross.
“This was awesome,” Grubbs said of putting pen to paper with the Bulldogs. “I was ready for this to come and I was thinking about it last night trying on my jacket and my shirt and I was really excited to sign today.
“It’s something you’ve wanted to do since you’re young seeing everyone else do it, and it’s something that’s surreal and just awesome to experience.”
“I was really nervous,” Remetich said of the big day. “It was a lot of stress going through this process, but I wouldn’t trade the world for it. I had a lot of fun and my family helped me through it.”
Grubbs and Remetich were, of course, big parts of Holy Cross’ success on both sides of the ball. Grubbs finished the season as the Tigers’ leading tackler with 64, and also three sacks with three tackles for loss and three interceptions, one of which went for a touchdown.
Remetich was a mainstay up front for Holy Cross paving the way for the way for three rushers that totaled at least 300 yards on the ground while giving the Catholic League’s leading passer, John Dade Wooton, ample time in the pocket to get the ball downfield.
Both Grubbs and Remetich cited the family atmospheres at their respective schools as key reasons for their signings.
“They were there from the get-go,” Grubbs explained. “They were really like a family to me when I went up there and it felt like I was leaving my family at home and I was just meeting another family up there.”
“When I went over there for the first time, it felt like a big family,” Remetich said. “It wasn’t even much of a team, it was just a huge family. This team has been on the uprise and we’re still going up and we plan to build to the top and don’t stop.”
Both Grubbs and Remetich hope to play early, but are willing to accept whatever roles the team needs them in when they arrive on campus.
“I’m just going to bring everything I have to the table up there,” added Grubbs, who expects to play inside linebacker for Louisiana Tech, which is currently 9-3 before facing Miami (FL) in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26. “Whether they can use me right away or whatever they decide, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got and I’m looking to go in and play as a freshman.”
“I’m just going there to compete and I love to compete,” said the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Remetich. “I plan on trying to play as a true freshman and if they redshirt me, then they’ll redshirt me. But I really want to go in there and make a change.”