This time of the year always comes so quickly. National Signing Day and the early signing period kicked off last week with the early signing period coming to a close Wednesday, Nov. 15. By this time next week there will be dozens of local college prospects ready to finish out their year with less stress surrounding their college decisions.

Student athletes from Murrieta Mesa signed their National letter of Intent to play their sport and continue their education at the collegiate level after graduating in 2024. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Wednesday, Nov. 8, was the first National Signing Day of the 2023-24 school year. This marks the first time that 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.

Several schools in our area held ceremonies last week to honor their athletes who signed during this period. The next signing day will come in February of 2024. The most exciting signings came from Liberty High School, who are graduating their first-ever senior class. Great Oak had the largest signing ceremony of the area schools with eleven student athletes signing the NLI.

Paloma Valley baseball players, Ayden Harrison, Jake Wells, and Chapman Weber signed their National Letter of Intent at a ceremony held Wednesday, Nov. 8. Valley News/Courtesy photo

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


Camryn Brown, girls lacrosse, Northern Michigan

Madison Johnson, girls volleyball, UC San Diego

Morgan Johnson, girls volleyball, Bethune-Cookman

Mauriana Rayford, girls volleyball, Lamar

Julianne Torres, softball, Rhode Island


Delaney Alix, softball, Thomas Jefferson

Ariel Bolton, girls soccer, Nevada

Dylan Fien, baseball, UCLA

Zayda Fuertez, girls volleyball, Stony Brook

Milai Guachino, softball, Ole Miss

Brennan Hornback, boys lacrosse, York College

Kaysen Raineri, baseball, Hawaii

Aftyn Robbins, girls field hockey, Millersville

Rowan Sinclair, girls swimming, Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Ava Smith, girls volleyball, Presbyterian

Savannah Spielman, girls soccer, Oral Roberts


Trinity Barnes, softball, Alabama A&M

Kaylee Fraund, softball, Franklin Pierce


Ava Fried, cheer, California Baptist

Jada Golovich, girls golf, Cal State Monterey Bay

Tyler Schneider, boys swimming, Arizona

CJ Moran, baseball, San Diego State


Maddison Ford, girls soccer, Westmont

Taylor Kessler, girls soccer, St. Mary’s

Jazeli Vandenburgh, girls volleyball, South Florida

Makenzie Wood, girls water polo, Cal State Northridge


Ayden Harrison, baseball, Regis University

Jake Wells, baseball, Oregon Tech

Chapman Weber, baseball, UC San Diego


Faith Krueger, softball, Colorado Christian

Jordan Krueger, softball, Colorado Christian


Brandy Babcock-Hannah, girls tennis, Coppin State

Katrina Catalan, girls volleyball, UC Santa Barbara

Fiona Holloway, girls cross country/track and field, New Mexico

Jorge Rodriguez, baseball, Loyola Marymount

Nadia Rountree, softball, Fresno State

David Ruth, baseball, San Diego

Lauren Sammon, girls golf, Wisconsin

Miliani Villareal, girls volleyball, Sacred Heart

Congratulations to all 2023-2024 student athletes committing to play at the next level.

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