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, 2023.

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.

Vista Murrieta’s Giselle Hovey is all smiles after signing her National Letter of Intent to attend Hawaii Pacific where she will compete in cheer this next year. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

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.

CHAPARRAL

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

CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN

Jaiden Chavez, Football, Arizona Christian

HERITAGE

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

LINFIELD CHRSTIAN

Jonathan Aguilera, Football, Concordia-Ann Arbor

MURRIETA MESA

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

VISTA MURRIETA

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

John Schwartz, Men’s Soccer, University of Findlay

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 sports@reedermedia.com.

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.