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Early signing period sees many locals commit

Early signing period sees many locals commit

College commitments made by high school student-athletes have become so publicized that the actual shock value of signing day has gone down considerably.

If the wait for high-profile student-athletes used to be to reveal the school that they planned to play for in college, it is now simply a matter of counting down the days to sign on the dotted line.

Corona del Mar center fielder Preston Hartsell verbally committed to play baseball for USC as a freshman. He made the decision official on Wednesday, putting pen to paper to join the Trojans.

Hartsell was one of more than three dozen local seniors signing their national letter of intent on the first day of the early signing...

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