John Essex committed this week to play for Trine University. Essex was an All-Northern Lakes Conference tight end/defensive end selection his senior season and was picked as an All-Area defensive player as well as a member of the Northern Indiana All-Stars. Essex was also an Honorable Mention All-NLC and All-Area performer as a junior.
Essex has not declared a major, but carries a 3.95 GPA and is a member of the Academic Hall of Fame and National Honor Society.
Bauer Schmeltz committed in April to play quarterback at Wabash College. Schmeltz was an All-NLC quarterback his senior season as well as Offensive Player of the Year for the Wawasee team. Schmeltz was also named Honorable Mention Academic All-State in basketball.
Schmeltz carries a 3.2 GPA and looks to major in chemistry and minor in business.
Dimitri Kaplanis committed this spring to play for the University of St. Francis. An All-NLC and All-Area performer as a senior, St. Francis is looking at adding Kaplanis to their offensive line. Kaplanis was a three-year, two-way starter for Wawasee in football, and also was a state finalist in wrestling his senior season. In wrestling, Kaplanis was All-NLC his junior and senior seasons and also was named Team MVP in both seasons.
Kaplanis has a 3.71 GPA and plans to study sports business.