National Signing Day: Dozens of Sacramento area student athletes sign letters of intent

SACRAMENTO – Dozens of high school athletes in the Sacramento area finalized their college plans Wednesday morning.

At a National Signing Day ceremony at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, 16 student athletes signed their letters of intent – the most in school history.

In Elk Grove, Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke headlined a District signing event where 10 football players took part in a signing ceremony.

One of the nation's top recruits, Van Dyke was joined by friends and family as he officially signed to play with UCLA. His Cosumnes Oaks teammate, offensive lineman Kameron Schroeder signed to play at Duke University.

Four football players from Pleasant Grove high school attended the ceremony. Wide receiver Wyatt Demps inked to go play with Nevada-Reno, defensive end Earl Chism will head to Yale, while cornerback Brandon Lewis signed with the Washington Huskies.

At Capital Christian high school, defensive end Nifae Lealao, who originally committed to play at Stanford, signed with Vanderbilt, in front of hundreds of classmates and family.

Six of those Jesuit students will be playing soccer at NCAA colleges next year, including 18-year-old Tucker Bone, who signed with the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

"What stuck out to me about the Air Force is the unique experience that it offers and how it really sets you up later in life," said Bone.

Basketball, rowing and football athletes will also represent Jesuit next year in various colleges.

Jesuit senior football quarterback Jason Elenberger also signed his letter to play at the United States Air Force Academy in the Mountain West Conference.

"It's an unbelievable opportunity that I have here, and just the opportunity to play Division 1 football at a high level and also serve our country is just a decision that best suits me," said Elenberger.

"This has just really been a dream one true," said Lisa Elenberger, Jason's mom.

The students at Jesuit join thousands of high school athletes who signed their letters today in ceremonies throughout the country. Only about 4-percent of high school students will go on to play a college sport annually.


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