Student-athletes from around the area took part in National Letter of Intent signing day ceremonies last month, being recognized for committing to play sports and further their education at the next level. The National Signing Day period is Nov. 9, 2022, for all D1 and D2 sports outside of football or basketball, and the signing period continues through Aug. 1.
Wednesday, April 12, is the final ceremony of the high school year that most schools will use to commemorate their 2022 student-athletes.
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 2022-2023 for 2023-2024 enrollment.
D1 Basketball (early period): Nov. 9, 2022 – Nov. 16, 2022
D1 Basketball (regular period): April 12, 2023 – May 17, 2023
D1 Football (early period): Dec. 21, 2022 – Dec. 23, 2022
D1 and D2 Football (mid-year JC transfer): Dec. 21, 2022 – Jan. 15, 2023
D1 and D2 Football (regular period): Feb. 1, 2023 – D1: April 1, 2023; D2: Aug. 1, 2023
All other D1 and D2 sports: Nov. 9, 2022 – Aug. 1, 2023
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 taking their talents, as reported by school athletic directors.
Zack Burrow, Baseball, Lubbock Christian
Jacob Chapman, Baseball, Oregon Institute of Technology
Makayla De La Rosa, Softball, Alliance
Cedric Jefferson, Football, Montana State
Bella Rittenberg, Women’s Volleyball, Penn
Yesenia Ruiz, cheer, Hawaii Pacific
Mia Scranton, Women’s Soccer, California Baptist
Izaiah Souriolle, Football, UC Davis
Robbie Stebbing, Football, Colorado State-Pueblo
Caron Tyler, Football, Valparaiso
Jaiden Chavez, Football, Arizona Christian
Joshua Martinez, Baseball, Cal State Northridge
Cassidy Shaw, Softball, Princeton
Tara Skinner, Softball, Hawaii Hilo
Makenna Suarez, Women’s Soccer, Florida National
Tyler Suttles, Softball, North Carolina Central
Jacob VanRensburg, Men’s Swimming, Concordia-Irvine
Jonathan Aguilera, Football, Concordia-Ann Arbor
Sonja Aarsvold, Women’s Swimming, Cincinnati
Kaitlyn Dibble, Women’s Lacrosse, Lee University
Emilee Elizondo, Women’s Swimming, Biola
Tucker Murphy, Football, Western New Mexico
Aubree Painter, Women’s Lacrosse, Lincoln Memorial
Liz Wang, Women’s Lacrosse, Carroll University
Leilani Abalos, Women’s Swimming, Army
Stephen Acosta, Football, Benedictine College
Sakha Arianto, Men’s Lacrosse, West Coast University
Hudson Castillo, Baseball, Northwest Nazarene
Skylar Darr, Women’s Volleyball, North Dakota
Penelope Foote, Softball, Lane College
Alyssa Herrera, Softball, UC, Berkeley
Zoe Horner, Women’s Volleyball, Trevecca Nazarene
Giselle Hovey, Cheer, Hawaii Pacific
Landon Klug, Men’s Lacrosse, Northwest Nazarene
Willis Lacy, Baseball, Westmont
Jake Ledford, Baseball, La Verne
Claire Little, Women’s Volleyball, BYU
Brooke Lopez, Softball, William Woods
Niyla McFadden, Softball, Alabama A&M
Roman Meyer, Baseball, Long Beach State
Taralyn Ollison, Softball, Southern Utah
Lucas Pirko, Baseball, California Baptist
Nate Prinkey, Baseball, North Georgia
Katie Rodriguez, Women’s Track and Field, Northeastern
Sophia Romero, Softball, Boise State
Allyjane Salgana, Stunt Cheer, Concordia-Irvine
Lauren Schwartz, Women’s Soccer, Westmont
Taylour Spencer, Softball, Oregon
Mason Tracey, Men’s Soccer, Northwest Nazarene
Grant Wayne, Football, Air Force
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.