Some schools never produce a Division I athlete.
Others might have one or two go on to play at the highest level of college athletics.
Navarre has three headed to the D-I level, and all three are graduating from high school next week to get an early jump on their college careers.
Running back Michael Carter is off to North Carolina, offensive lineman Nick Brahms is headed to Auburn and forward Emily Madril is bound for Florida State to play soccer.
A special ceremony was held Monday to honor all three as they can’t officially sign their letters of intent until next February.
Carter graduates as the Raiders’ all-time leading rusher and touchdown leader, rolling up 4,538 yards and 69 touchdowns, and Brahms, despite missing his senior season because of an injury, will go down as arguably the best lineman in program history.
Madril, meanwhile, who moved from Idaho to Florida after her freshman year, has 103 goals and 68 assists in less than three seasons with Navarre.
“It’s a pleasure to see these great young adults work their whole life to get to this point,” said Navarre athletic director Scott Murphy. “It says a lot about the type of student-athletes they are and a lot about their families.”
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