Student athletes from around the area took part last week in National Letter of Intent signing day ceremonies as they were recognized for committing to play sports and further their education at the next level. Wednesday, April 13, is the final ceremony of the high school year that most schools will use to commemorate their 2022 student athletes. Although, Vista Murrieta Athletic Director Carl Galloway did say his department will be holding an event on May 12 at 4 p.m.

“It’s an event where our college signees have an opportunity to thank their families and a special teacher or staff member,” Galloway added.

National Signing Day for many sports, especially in Division I, has become a celebrated event. These ceremonies are held so a high school senior can sign a binding national letter of intent with an NCAA, NCCAA or NAIA college, committing in writing to attend that school in exchange for a commitment from the school to receive financial aid and scholarships.

Technically, student-athletes do not need to sign their National Letters of Intent on the first day of their designated Signing Period, but many do. Below are updated signing dates for each sport for student-athletes signing in 2021-2022 for 2022-2023 enrollment.

D1 Basketball (early period) – November 10, 2021 to November 17, 2021

D1 Basketball (regular period) – April 13, 2022 to May 18, 2022

D1 Football (early period) – December 15, 2021 to December 17, 2021

D1 and D2 Football (mid-year JC transfer) – December 15, 2021 to January 15, 2022

D1 and D2 Football (regular period) – February 2, 2022

D1: April 1, 2022

D2: August 1, 2022

All other D1 and D2 sports – November 10, 2021 to August 1, 2022

Because athletic scholarships are not given at the Division 3 level, athletes don’t have an NLI to sign, but they can sign a “non-binding standardized celebratory form.” It can be signed by a prospect after the prospect has been accepted to a Division 3 institution.

Insider tip: Student Athletes can sign a National Letter Intent after the last Signing Period ends, but it is rare that there will be any roster spots left.

Here is a look at the colleges and universities to which many local student athletes will be reportedly taking their talents, as reported by school athletic directors. If you know of a student athlete that is playing at the next level and did not get recognized in the paper this week, send more information to

Murrieta Mesa’s Jacob Alderete (right), who received a full scholarship from the QuestBridge Scholarship Program, signs his Letter of Intent to play baseball at Caltech next season. Current Teammate, Cole Warner (left), is headed to Lane Community College in Oregon. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Murrieta Mesa Student Athletes

Keenan Thrasher – Football – MNU (Mid-America University) in Olathe Kansas (NAIA)

Micah Sanchez – Mountain Biking – Marian University (NAIA)

David Vuillemin – Basketball – Knox College, Illinois (NCAA Div. 3)

Zoe Karam – Softball – Boise State (NCAA Div. 1)

Jayden Bernal – Softball – Cal State University Monterey Bay (NCAA Div. 2)

Carter Garate – Baseball – University of Oregon (NCAA Div. 1)

Cole Warner – Baseball – Lane Community College (Oregon) (NJCAA)

Aidan Salcedo – Baseball – University of La Verne (NCAA Div. 3)

Philip Betz – Baseball – Clarks Summit University (NCAA Div. 3)

Jacob Alderete – Baseball – Caltech (NCAA Div. 3)

Elsinore’s Aryannah Telez signs her NLI to play water polo and attend Fresno State next season as Jaylyn Guglielmana signs to attend CSU San Marcos on a Track and Field scholarship. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Elsinore Student Athletes

Aryannah Telez – Water polo – Fresno State.
Jaylyn Guglielmana – Track and Field, CSU San Marcos.
Matthew Hodges – Track and Field – UC Irvine
Elijah Ignacio – Track and Field – CSU Northridge.
Shea Larrabee – Volleyball – Auburn U at Montgomery
Student athletes from Great Oak High School sign their National Letters of Intent to play college sports at a ceremony held at the school Wednesday, April 13. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Great Oak Student Athletes

Kate Watanasiripong – Golf – Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Div. 2)

Ken Watanasiripong – Golf – University of Jamestown (NAIA)

Kynadee Harris – Softball – Clarke University (NAIA)

Trinity Fleming – Softball – Davis & Elkins University (NCAA Div. 2)

Carson Smith – Cross Country and Track – Cal Poly SLO (NCAA Div. 1)

Cameron Voshell – Volleyball – Vanguard University (NAIA)

Jeremy Sengstock – Basketball – University of Saint Katherine (NAIA)

Brandon Wilk – Cross Country and Track – University of Texas at Arlington (NCAA Div. 1)

DeAna Davis – Track & Field Throws – University of California Irvine (NCAA Div. 1)

Aiden Pastorian – Track and Field – Cal State Long Beach (NCAA Div. 1)

Chaparral High School held a signing day ceremony Friday, April 15, so all spring sports athletes could attend to sign their National Letters of Intent. In this picture are student athletes Kameron Brodeur, Angie Mendoza, and Mary Handler. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Chaparral Student Athletes

Maur Tablada – Basketball – University of St Katherine (NAIA)

Lewis Singleterry IV – Basketball – Westcliff University (NAIA)

Tyler Brown – Basketball – University of La Verne (NCAA Div. 3)

Hunter Simon – Women’s Basketball – Vanguard University (NAIA)

Mary Jane Smith – Women’s Basketball – MSJC (NJCAA)

Rokhaya Cisse – Women’s Basketball – Palomar (NJCAA)

Jenna Salyer – Women’s Basketball – Austin Peay University (NCAA Div. 1)

Saige Rivera – Women’s Volleyball – University of Texas at Tyler (NCAA Div. 2)

Kameron Brodeur – Baseball – University of Pikesville (NAIA)

Riley Finch – Women’s Lacrosse – Concordia University (NCAA Div. 2)

Mary Handler – Women’s Lacrosse – Cal State San Marcos (NCAA Div. 2)

Angie Mendoza – Softball – Friends University (NAIA)

Student athletes from Temecula Valley High School sign their National Letters of Intent to play college sports at a ceremony held at the school Wednesday, April 13. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Temecula Valley High School Student Athletes

Joann Chaimuang – Cross Country and Track – Point Loma Nazarene University (NCAA Div. 2)

Paige Thamer – Cross Country, and Track – Indiana Tech (NAIA)

Darius Knight – Football – Cal Lutheran University (NCAA Div. 3)

MJ Gaitan – Wrestling – Iowa State (NCAA Div. 1)

Ethan Perryman – Wrestling – Iowa State (NCAA Div. 1)

Alec Peralta – Wrestling – Southern Illinois University, Edwarsville (NCAA Div. 1)

Devin Avedissian – Wrestling – Doane University (Nebraska) (NAIA)

Mason Ward – Soccer – Cal State Monterey Bay – Soccer (NCAA Div. 2)

Lyla Devereaux – Soccer – Northern State University, South Dakota (NCAA Div. 2)

Jacob McMahon – Baseball – Minot State University (North Dakota) (NCAA Div. 2)

Jordyn Janert – Golf – University of La Verne (NCAA Div. 3)

Samuel Gbatu – Football – UC Davis (NCAA Div. 1)

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