It’s a decision that was perhaps made a couple years ago but last week North Johnston’s Jada Santiago confirmed in her National Letter of Intent that she would be continuing her softball career at UNC-Wilmington.
The senior has a .400 batting average in her three years of varsity experience and has totaled 17 home runs during her time as a Panther.
For Santiago, UNCW was a perfect fit from the very beginning.
“I love the beach and I wanted to be close to home and far away at the same time,” Santiago said. “I always wanted to go to a UNC school and get a good education and I always loved the coaches and players there. Every time I’ve gone to camp there, they made me feel welcome.”
UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro and Elon University also showed interest in the powerful catcher but UNC-W was the first to come calling and Santiago didn’t have to think twice to answer.
Inspired by her mother’s, aunt’s and uncle’s choices of profession, Santiago wants to study exercise therapy in Wilmington and wants to provide physical therapy when she gets older
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