LHS's Moison signs NLI with Auburn; Brown heads to P.C.

LHS's Moison signs NLI with Auburn; Brown heads to P.C.

Lincoln High All-American hammer and weight thrower Kyle Moison, left, and All-State swimmer McGovern Brown made their collegiate plans official at Wednesday afternoon's National Letter of Intent signing. Moison will continue his career at the University of Auburn and Brown will swim at Providence College. (Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)

LINCOLN – Kyle Moison didn't play football this fall for Lincoln High, but he did manage to walk onto the fields of a few of the country's best collegiate programs.

On Sept. 27, he was at Auburn to watch the 9th-ranked Tigers bury Mississippi State, 56-23, and on Oct. 26, he took a trip to Kentucky to see the Wildcats defeat Missouri, 29-7.

Of course, Moison wasn't at both schools to simply watch football. The senior All-American thrower on the Lions' track and field team was making two of his official visits in his pursuit to find the best school to continue his superb career, and those two universities, along with Baylor and Alabama, rolled out the red carpet for him and his family, even allowing them to tour their football fields.

On Wednesday afternoon, before a large gathering inside LHS's makeshift library that included his family, throws coach Brian Grant, faculty members, and classmates, Moison, who recently narrowed his choices down to Auburn and Kentucky, made his decision official by signing his National Letter of Intent to Auburn.

When Moison, who captured All-American honors in the indoor weight and outdoor hammer this year – as well as set five school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, weight, hammer, and outdoor discus, was asked what made Auburn stand out above the other schools, he didn't hesitate to give an answer.

"The atmosphere," he added. "I felt like I was at home. What really got me to go there was when I walked out onto the football field, where the football players run out, and you see 90,000 people looking at you, and it's like 'Wow'. It's just a different culture down there. Coach (Pat) Ebel really persuaded me a lot, and I feel like we're going to do great things down there."

As for the recruiting process, "I'm happy it's over, but I would do it again," he said. "It's a different experience, and I wish everyone could experience what I did."

Moison's throwing resume also includes four state championships, three New England titles, and seven All-New England honors. That being said, is there anything special that he'd like to do in his final high school season?

"The goal this year is to be better than last year," he said. "Place better, throw better, and compete better."

Joining Moison at Wednesday's signing was All-State swimmer McGovern Brown, who after looking at several schools, admitted that he made up his mind on Sunday night that Providence College was the place to be and officially filled out his paperwork before Moison signed his NLI.

"I thought it would be the the best fit for me, both academically and athletically," noted Brown, who also had two other Division I schools, Binghamton (N.Y.) University and Connecticut, on his radar. "It's a really nice campus and environment, and I've known (P.C. head coach John O'Neill) for a couple of years and he's a really nice guy."

All eyes will be and Brown and the Lions this season after taking fifth place at the RIIL Championships last February at Brown University. Brown helped the Lions' 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams place fourth at that meet, and he also posted PRs in the 100-yard freestyle with his third-place finish of 48.32 seconds and 100-yard backstroke by placing fourth in 54.23.