This is the first national signing period of the 2017-18 school year. Athletes in sports other than football can sign between Nov. 8-15.
Here you can find all of the South Sound student-athletes signing their letters of intent. To report an NLI signing for this period, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the most notable athletes securing their college future:
▪ Erik Stevenson, Timberline: Remember when Wichita State, the Kansas school, reached the Final Four in 2013? Stevenson hopes to help take them back there. He picked the Shockers over offers from LSU, Utah, UW, Washington State and others.
▪ Emmitt Matthews Jr., Wilson: Speaking of American Athletic Conference schools, Matthews will be heading to the University of Connecticut, has won four national championships, including one in 2014. He’s the first South Sound athlete to head to UConn since Federal Way’s Donny Marshall, who went on to play in back-to-back NBA Finals with the New Jersey Nets.
▪ Brandon Kaylor, Bonney Lake: He’ll try to join the exclusive four-timers club of state wrestlers to win four state titles in four years and Kaylor, who is ranked No. 13 in the nation in the 113-pound weight class by FloWrestling, is signing with Oregon State University.
▪ Alex Cruz, Orting: Speaking of nationally ranked wrestlers trying to enter the four-timers club, Cruz is ranked No. 18 in the country in the 132-pound weight class by FloWrestling and has won three state titles in three years for the Cardinals. He’s signing with the University of Virginia to wrestle.
▪ Shalyse Smith, Bellarmine Prep: Two-time league MVP (once in the 4A Narrows League, once in the 4A SPSL) led the Lions’ girls basketball team to the 4A state semifinals last year, and now she’s signing to play at the University of Arizona. Also a first-team TNT All-Area selection.
▪ Zyonna Fellows, Mount Tahoma: Speaking of the University of Arizona, Fellows plans to head there, too, but for volleyball. The 3A Pierce County League MVP and TNT first-team All-Area selection is the first female athlete from Mount Tahoma to ever receive a Pac-12 full-ride athletic scholarship.
▪ Alexis Ellis, Curtis: She can jump far — really far — but she’s not traveling very far for college. Ellis is signing with the University of Oregon for track and field, though she had been talking with Miami, Florida and Stanford among others. She set the state sophomore record in the triple jump two years ago and had the seventh-best jump in the nation last year when she hit 42 feet, 7 1/4 inches at the district championships.
▪ Calley Heilborn, Auburn Riverside: The best volleyball player in the South Sound two years in a row and hoping for back-to-back state titles is signing with Western Washington University over NCAA Division I schools Wichita State and Boise State because she said she was promised a redshirt year. She wanted that because she plans to study behavioral neuroscience.
Here’s the rest of the South Sound athletes signing this week (based on available information):
Calley Heilborn, volleyball, Western Washington University
Ciera Zimmerman, volleyball, Colorado State University
Jordan Lee, women’s golf, Western Washington University
Morgan Bentley, women’s golf, Weber State
Shalyse Smith, women’s basketball, University of Arizona
Hannah Pukis, volleyball, Washington State University
Rylee Born, volleyball, Western Washington University
Peter Allegro, baseball, University of Portland
Joe Highsmith, men’s golf, Pepperdine University
David Richards, baseball, Fordham University
Emma Johnson, women’s golf, Weber State
Bella Brown, women’s soccer, Central Washington University
Brandon Kaylor, wrestling, Oregon State University
Peyton Uznanski, fastpitch, Bethel College (Newton, Kansas)
Alexis Ellis, women's track and field, University of Oregon
Kasey Woodruff, volleyball, Western Washington University
Amber Fickle, women’s basketball, Tacoma Community College
Kava Durr, volleyball, Colorado State University
Jadyn Mullen, volleyball, Corban University
Tayler Templeman, volleyball, California State East Bay
Jeffrey Fahnlander, baseball, Whitworth University
McKenna Bryant, rowing, University of Washington
Kalina Cordero, women’s soccer, University of Puget Sound
Claire Varden, women’s soccer, Seattle University
Jordan Fong, women’s track and field, Stanford
Jordon Wright, baseball, Lower Columbia College
Jennifer Barnes, women’s soccer, Minnesota State University Moorehead
Morgan Gary, women’s basketball, Northern Arizona University
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Jack Shannon, men’s soccer, Walla Walla University
Zyonna Fellows, volleyball, University of Arizona
Samantha Johnson, UPS, volleyball
Joe Gerke, cross country and men’s lacrosse, Dominican University
Alex Cruz, wrestling, University of Virginia
Riley Bass, women’s golf, University of North Dakota
Maddy Clark, beach volleyball, Concordia University
Maddy Glasoe, fastpitch, Boise State University
Ellie Hamel, women’s basketball, Simpson University
Nick Waterstraat, men’s basketball, California Lutheran University
Sophia Bjerk, fastpitch, University of San Diego
Joseph Fitzsimmons, men’s swimming, Concordia University
Gavin Grant, baseball, Oregon State University
Brady McLean, baseball, Pacific Lutheran University
Anna Saelens, volleybal, Northwest University
Kaitlin Sugai, volleyball, Eastern Washington University
Kaitlin Clark, Girls Basketball, Olivet University Chicago
Samantha Larberg, Women's Soccer, Northern Arizona University
Jake Gehri, Baseball, Yale University
Erik Stevenson, men's basketball, Wichita State University
Tommy Davis, baseball, Lower Columbia College
Kennedy Croft, volleyball, Gonzaga University
Megan Vandegrift, fastpitch, University of Washington
Emmitt Matthews, men’s basketball, University of Connecticut