by Dave Caldwell/SCVTV
High school and junior college athletes from across the country are today making their college commitments official, and the Santa Clarita Valley is well represented.
At Canyon High School, running back Max Archuleta will be playing football at Yale in the fall. Archuleta, who ran for 1,131 yards and eight touchdowns, focused on the education awaiting him and what that will ultimately mean.
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"It's a great opportunity for academics and for football," said Archuleta, who carries a GPA above 4.0 at Canyon. "It's kind of a perfect combination cause I get to play Division 1 and go to a great school and get a great degree, so it's just the best of both worlds.
Canyon quarterback Jonathan Jerozal will be playing football at Stetson University in Florida, a school that is bringing back football after a 56-year hiatus. The program won't play their first game until 2013.
"It's just an honor to be a part of a starting program," said Jerozal, who will redshirt his first year with all the other first-year players. "They want to bring back a winning tradition, and for them to want me is just a great honor. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity."
At West Ranch, running back Jeff Coprich signed his commitment to play football at Cal. Coprich, who ran for 1,246 and 12 touchdowns, will be following the cleat marks of fellow Santa Claritans Shane Vereen, now with the New England Patriots, and Kyle Boller, who is playing for the Oakland Raiders.
"It means a lot," Coprich said. "I'm going to be able to put my name in the history books... with Shane Vereen. And all of the history I'll be making up at Cal and I'm excited to be getting a degree from Cal-Berkeley. So I'm going to love it."
Track and Cross Country star Ashley Welker has committed to keep on running for the U.S. Naval Academy. The experience before Welker has humbled her.
"It's such an honor just to be a student-athlete in college, but I'm going to be going to the Naval Academy?" she asked with a smile. "It's just very honorable and prestigious and I'm very happy that I got accepted."
At College of the Canyons, Will Latu, the nation's No. 1 ranked junior college offensive lineman, according to Rivals.com, made his committment to the University of Oklahoma official. Cougar head football coach Garett Tujague was elated at the news.