TEMECULA — Senior student athletes from Linfield Christian School took part in a National Letter of Intent signing day ceremony last week where they were recognized for committing to play sports and further their education at the next level.

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) – Nov. 10, 2021 to Nov. 17, 2021

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

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

D1 and D2 Football (midyear JC transfer) – Dec. 15, 2021 to Jan. 15, 2022

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

D1: April 1 2022,

D2: Aug. 1, 2022

All other D1 and D2 sports – Nov. 10, 2021 to Aug. 1, 2022

Because athletic scholarships are not given at the Division 3 level, athletes do not 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 these senior student athletes from LCS will be reportedly taking their talents. If you know of a student athlete that is a senior, playing at the next level, and did not get recognized in the paper this week, send more information to sports@reedermedia.com.

(L to R) Linfield Christian senior student athletes Zac Williams, Breanna Mitchell and Rylie Shaw, all signed their National Letters of Intent to play college sports at a ceremony held at the school Wednesday, April 13. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Linfield Christian Student Athletes

Breanna Mitchell – Volleyball – Cal State University Northridge (NCAA Div. 1)

Kai Newman – Cross Country/Track and Field – Pepperdine (NCAA Div. 1)

Ryley Burns – Cross Country/Track and Field – Point Loma Nazarene University (NCAA Div. 2)

Rylie Shaw – Acro Tumbling – Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div. 2)

Sierra Snow – Track and Field – Montana State University (NCAA Div. 1)

Sinclair Francescon – Soccer – The Master’s University (NAIA)

Zac Williams – Lacrosse – Concordia University, Irvine (NCAA Div. 2)

(Clockwise) Sinclair Francescon, Kai Newman, Ryley Burns and Sierra Snow, all seniors, and student athletes from Linfield Christian School, sign their National Letters of Intent Wednesday, April 13. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Good luck to the whole graduating class of 2022!

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.