Murrieta Mesa High School’s Craig Hunter, who was a Second Team All-Southwestern League selection and who was recently named the 2020 Athlete of the Year for the school, will play football at the University of Redlands. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Senior student athletes who will be graduating from Murrieta Mesa High School and playing next level athletics, took part in virtual signing day ceremony recently, hosted by athletic director John Broussard.

These high school seniors signed a binding national letter of intent with a college associated with National Collegiate Athletics Association, National Christian College Athletics Association or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and committed to attend that school in exchange for financial aid. For the 2020 graduates, the Valley News Sports Department is also recognizing any seniors who will be playing sports at the junior college level as well

Here is a look at the colleges and universities to which these student athletes will be taking their talents. If you know of a student athlete who is playing at the next level and their high school did not yet recognize them, especially during these uncertain times, send more information to

Track and Field

Ivana Hill – University of California Riverside; Kiana Kain – Point Loma Nazarene College; Cole Havins – Utah Valley University; Caitlin Dawson – Northern Arizona University; Reno Vazquez – California State University San Marcos


Lauren Randle – California State University Bakersfield; Presleigh Pilon – Louisiana State University


Maitland Kingsley – California State University San Marcos (Women’s Basketball); DeMorian Lowe – California State University Dominguez Hills


Craig Hunter – University of Redlands; Tyler Martin – Southwest Minnesota State University; Damian Thompson – Dixie State University; Dillon Nilsen – Palomar College


Liberty Gilbert – Ohio State University

Water Polo

Kaylee Platt – Ottawa University


Jackie Kincaid – Southern Utah University; Charlyn Miller – Tusculum University

Mountain Biking

Ethan Sanchez – Milligan College

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