12 sign at Penn; 5 going D-1

Her grandfather Ed is considered the the greatest all-around athlete in South Bend history. He was drafted by both the Celtics and Yankees.

Her dad, Tom, was a South Bend Adams star and went on to play football at Kentucky and the NFL.

So, it's only fitting that Penn's Emily Ehlers continues in her family's rich history of athletics.

The Penn senior officially signed her letter of intent on Wednesday to play volleyball at Purdue.

"In a way, I'm following them. I'm taking them as a role model and following in their footsteps," Ehlers explained.

Emily says it was a tough choice between Purdue and Miami of Ohio.

"I think I made the right choice," Ehlers explained. "I'd rather play in the Big Ten than the MAC. They are both great schools, both academically as well, but I chose Purdue."

Because of it being such a tough choice, Emily says it feels great to finally makes things official.

"I'm very relieved," Ehlers explained. "It's good to know that I'm all set in where I'm going."

Ehlers is one of five Penn student-athletes to sign at the Division I level on Wednesday.

Braxston Cave signed with Notre Dame to play football and Andrew Elliott signed with Ohio State for swimming.

Two members of the state runner-up girls soccer team, Alyssa Johnston (Western Illinois) and Ashley Sill (Northern Iowa) also signed to play Division I athletics.

Six other Kingsmen student athletes also made their intentions known:

Zach Gard (football)---Northern Michigan
Richard Gunn (football)---St. Francis
Ben Piotrowski (football)---St. Francis
Michael Smith (football)--Indiana State
Ryan Choiniere (basketball)--Hillsdale College
Sara Hallmark (volleyball)--Belmont Abbey

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