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Signing their lives away… to football

Vilaysane and Gonzalez sign their letters of intent for their respective schools.

Vilaysane and Gonzalez sign their letters of intent for their respective schools.

Vilaysane and Gonzalez sign their letters of intent for their respective schools.

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Commitment can be temporary. Putting pen to paper is forever.

Sort of.

Seniors Diego Arenas, Kenny Brooks, Elijah Carson, Anthony Gonzalez, Martell Irby, Kahtrel Maynard, Tim Patrick, and AJ Vilaysane each signed letters of intent to the universities they have committed to on Feb. 7 , 2018, in order to continue their education and football careers after high school.

“It was a blessing to be able to commit to a school,” Arenas expressed. “I never thought I’d get the opportunity to sign to a school, but my patience and my belief in God helped me through it.”

Arenas and Gonzalez both chose to commit to Clarke University; Irby chose to commit to University of California, Los Angeles; Brooks chose to commit to Dixie State University; Carson chose to commit to Fresno State University; Maynard chose to commit to Brown University; Patrick chose to commit to Utah State University; and Vilaysane chose to commit to Azusa Pacific University. Each player chose their respective schools for different reasons.

“I chose Clarke because I wanted to be a part of history,” Arenas explained. “This will be Clarke’s first year with a football program and I wanted to be a part of that.”

All eight athletes traveled to Petco Park in downtown for the signing. Each school that was there were called one at a time and presented their players, each one announcing their name and the school they planned to commit to. After, they gathered around a table and signed their contracts in front of the cameras.

“I felt like a celebrity,” Vilaysane said. “I wasn’t used to all the cameras around us at the table and all the attention we were getting.”

Each player believes that the school they committed to was the right choice. They all believe that these schools will allow them to play at their full potential and get a good education.

“I think Fresno State will shape me into something great,” Carson said. “I think I’ll definitely be productive and make new friends there with their amazing program.”

Once pen meets paper, the commitment is forever. In the case of the players, that’s a good thing.

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