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13 Student-Athletes Commit on NCAA Signing Day


13 student-athletes from Santa Margarita Catholic High School made their futures evident on Wednesday, Feb 6, as they officially signed letters of intent or celebrated their commitment to attend colleges across the country for their sport

February 6, 2019

13 student-athletes from Santa Margarita Catholic High School made their futures evident on Wednesday, Feb 6, as they officially signed letters of intent or celebrated their commitment to attend colleges across the country for their sport. Feb 6 marks the first day that high school seniors could sign scholarship papers for all sports. The letter of intent is a binding agreement between the student-athlete and a college, by which the student-athlete agrees to attend the college for one academic year.

The following student-athletes signed as part of the NCAA National Letter of Intent Signing Day:

Jack Boccuzzi of Coto de Caza has committed to University of North Carolina, Asheville for soccer. Jack is a three-year varsity starter for the soccer team and is a team captain. Last season, Jack received Trinity League Honorable Mention and was also the kicker for the varsity football team. Off the field, Jack is a seven-year member of Lion’s Heart Organization, is active with the San Francisco Solano Youth Faith Formation as a Group Leader, and a member of Peer Ministry. Jack is a four-year scholar athlete, a member of National Honor Society and has a 3.85 GPA. 

Matthew Kilander of Rancho Santa Margarita has committed to the University of San Diego for football.  Kilander is a three-year varsity player for the Eagles, playing primarily left guard on the offensive line.  Kilander has been an Academic Scholar in football each year, earned 2nd Team All-Trinity League this past season, and  was selected to represent Santa Margarita as part of the Orange County All-Star South team which just beat the north. Matthew is also a two-sport athlete, where he is a member of the varsity track and field team as one of the top shot and discus throwers.  Off the field, he has been a member of the Chamber Singers Choir, the California Scholastic Federation and an active servant minister at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish where he helps lead the confirmation program. 

Jake Marquez of Foothill Ranch has committed to the University of California, San Diego for water polo.  Jake is a three-year varsity water polo player and a two-year starter for the Eagles.  His senior season, Jake was voted 1stTeam All-Trinity League and 2nd Team All-CIF.  This past season, he was named team captain, was 2nd on the team in scoring and in steals, as well as 5th in assists while being a part of the CIF Championship team his sophomore year. Outside of the pool, he is active in his Church, SM’s peer ministry, and maintains a 4.36 GPA. 

Nate Clay of Trabuco Canyon has committed to Black Hills State University for football. Nate is a two-year varsity starter for the Eagles, where he has played on both the offensive and defensive line. In addition to football, Nate is a four-year varsity athlete for the Eagle Wrestling team, earning Trinity League titles at the 285-pound weight division and becoming the youngest wrestler in school history to qualify for Masters. This season, Nate is currently ranked in the top 10 in California at 285 lbs. and will compete in CIF this weekend. 

The following student-athletes celebrated either their Ivy League, Division 3, or walk-on (preferred) school commitments.  Ivy League and Division 3 schools do not offer athletic scholarships, therefore no letter of intent was signed.

Alexis Kieckhafer of Coto De Caza has committed to Harvard University for water polo.  Alexis is a four-year varsity starter for the Eagles as a goalie. She has been invited to participate in Olympic development training at the cadet and youth level, as well as being awarded the Nick Johnson Inspiration award at the USA youth selection camp.  The Eagles team captain has been a three-time All-Trinity league selection, and last year was 2nd team All-CIF.   Alexis is a three-time recipient of the scholar athlete award for the Eagles and a two time USA Water Polo Academic All-America.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and spends time volunteering as a tutor for Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, while maintaining a 4.38 GPA. 

Yurian Quinones of Rancho Santa Margarita has committed to Princeton University for water polo.  Yurian is a four-year varsity water polo player, competing his first season at Tesoro before coming to Santa Margarita. For the Eagles, he was a three-year starter and one of the most talented and highly decorated players to ever play for Santa Margarita. His senior year, he was voted 1st Team All-Trinity League, 1st Team All-CIF, and was selected Eagle of the Year. He led the Eagles in scoring, was 3rd in assists, 4th in steals, and garnered All-Trinity League and All-CIF recognition his junior year. As a sophomore, he was a starter on the Eagle team that won a CIF Championship and has qualified for three different events at the CIF Championships in swimming during his sophomore and junior years.  

Ryan You of Laguna Niguel has committed to College of Wooster for lacrosse. Ryan is a four-year member of the Lacrosse team, playing multiple positions such as Mid-Field, Fogo, and mainly Attack. Ryan has helped lead the team to three Trinity League championships, scoring the winning goal in overtime last year to defeat Servite; now with his sights set on a 4th Trinity League championship this year.  Last summer at the Blue Chip 225 College Prospect Camp, Ryan was selected to the 2018 All Star Team as well as the Southern States Elite All Star Team. Off the field, Ryan has volunteered for many organizations such as National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, and Ronald McDonald House.

Connor Burke of Coto de Caza has committed to Washington University in St Louis for football. Connor is a two-year varsity letter winner for the Eagles. This past season, he was named team captain and was the leading tackler for the Eagles and the Trinity League with 63, until his season was cut short with an ACL injury. In addition to football, Connor is a two-sport varsity athlete as a member of the Track and Field while at Santa Margarita. Outside of athletics, Connor is a member of peer ministry and is a CORE team member at San Francisco Solano, while making academic honor roll during his entire time at SM.

Brandon Schillig of Lake Forest has committed to the University of Chicago for football. Brandon is a three-year varsity player for the Eagles, playing both right and left Offensive Tackle. In addition to football, Brandon has been a member of the Track and Field team and is heavily involved in the Performing Arts, with roles in the spring musicals and as a member of Chamber Choir. Brandon has been in MUN for four years where he has earned best delegate honors. Brandon also serves in ASB as a student ambassador, and works with Santa Margarita campus facilities team.

Matt Lynch of Coto de Caza has committed to The University of Chicago for football. Matt is a three-year varsity player for the Eagle as a linebacker, where he hauled in 67 tackles, five tackles for loss, and a sack this past season. Outside of football, Matt is a member of the National Honors Society, the California Scholarship Federation, and has received the Academic Athlete Award all four years of high school. Matt is an active member of the volunteer organizations Guys Giving Back, Lions Heart and is a Student Ambassador. In addition to his academics Matt has started multiple small businesses including golf ball sales and a small community moving business, M&M moving. 

Jake Thomas of Mission Viejo has committed to Boise State for football. Jake is a two-year varsity running back for the Eagles and was named a team captain. This past season, Thomas was named the offensive player of the year along with First Team All-Trinity League. Jake led the Trinity League in touchdowns scored and was named to the Orange County All-Star team as well as a being an All-State nominee by Cal-Hi sports.  Jake finished his senior season with 1,159 total yards and 16 touchdowns, with a career high five rushing touchdowns is a single game.  Jake ranks second in school history for most touchdowns in a game, while averaging 128 total yards per game. In his final game as an Eagle, Thomas rushed for a career high 211 rushing yards and a touchdown.  Jake was the 2018 recipient for the Bradley Dillahunty Scholarship Award for his leadership on the field.  He is a member of The National Honor Society as well as a nominee for the First Friday Friars Zug Cup Award, while also being recognized by the Orange County Chapter of the National Football Foundation as a scholar-athlete. Jake is an active volunteer for the elderly and underprivileged children as well as donating his time to youth football camps. 

Jeffrey Bounds of Coto de Caza has committed to Grinnell College for baseball.  Jeff played middle infield for the Eagles, starting at shortstop freshman year where he helped his team to a 20-7 record.  Playing second base and most recently third base, Jeff will finish out his final season as an Eagle on the varsity team. Jeff has had the opportunity to travel with teammates to Puerto Rico to play alongside 18U players and experience international competition as well as a multi-cultural exchange.  Off the field, the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross awarded Jeff with the OC Heroes Award for his assistance in rescuing a pair of individuals from a burning car.  Jeff is a Servant Leader where he leads retreats and mentors younger high school students at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. 

Katie Weekley of Trabuco Canyon is committed to Simmons University for softball. Katie is a two-year varsity athlete for the Eagles who doubles as an outfielder and a Left-handed pitcher. During the past two seasons, Katie batted .289 and has played stellar defense for the Lady Eagles.  Katie has played competitive softball for the OC Batbusters and most recently as a pitcher for the So Cal A’s. Off the field, Katie is a Link Crew member and volunteers for The Little Red Dog pet adoption.  Katie is a three-year scholar athlete, a member of the California Scholarship federation and maintains a 3.93 GPA.

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