Eleven Student-Athletes from Santa Margarita Catholic High School made their futures evident on Wednesday, Feb. 1, as they officially signed letters of intent or celebrated their commitment to attend colleges across the country for their sport. The letter of intent is a binding agreement between the student-athlete and a college, by which the student-athlete agrees to attend the college for one academic year.
The following student-athletes signed as part of the NCAA National Letter of Intent Signing Day:
Brooke Conover of San Clemente committed to TCU for women’s soccer; Luke Newman of Mission Viejo committed to Colgate University for men’s soccer; Tony Ju of Rancho Santa Margarita committed to California Baptist University for men’s swimming and diving.
The following student-athletes celebrated their Ivy League, Division III, NAIA or Division I preferred walk-on
school commitments. Ivy League and Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships; therefore, no letter of intent was signed:
Dut Lual of Rancho Santa Margarita committed to Oberlin College for men’s basketball; Benjamin Durham of Rancho Santa Margarita committed to the University of Utah for Football; Josh McDermott of San Juan Capistrano committed to Grove City College for men’s lacrosse; Tessa Petro of Laguna Niguel committed to Vassar College for women’s volleyball.
The following student-athletes signed as part of the NCAA Division I Football National Letter of Intent Early Signing Period and were recognized during the Feb. 1 Winter Signing Day Ceremony:
Collins Acheampong of Aliso Viejo committed to the University of Miami for football; Jaxon Potter of Rancho Santa Margarita committed to Washington State University for football; Donovan Comestro of Ladera Ranch committed to the College of the Holy Cross for Football; Nicholas “Niko” Lopez of Mission Viejo committed to Colorado State University for football.