Letter of Intent Day with a local flavor

By: Staff Report
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Wednesday was National Letter of Intent Day all across the country. The event is most commonly known as the day football players sign on to the college of their choice, and it has become a made-for-TV event in that regard. Locally, a number of athletes from many different sports took advantage of the day to ink their commitment to a college of their choice. The biggest gathering was at Granite Bay High School where nine athletes came together in the school's Career Center Wednesday morning. DeVaunte Bolton was the lone Grizzly football player signing for now, as the running back made his official commitment to Portland State. Other Grizzlies involved Wednesday morning were swimmer Jordan Caines (Cornell), swimmer Quincy Christian (Rice), baseball catcher Andrew Knapp (Cal), baseball infielder Riley Drongesen (UOP), soccer player Monica Tingley (San Francisco State), soccer player Carisse Little (Idaho State), volleyball player Rachelle Kinney (UC San Diego) and volleyball player Karli Pedone (Seattle University). Knapp and Drongesen had signed previously on the early commitment date, along with a number of other local athletes. Oakmont soccer player Cole Alexander also signed Wednesday in a gathering of players from the California Development Academy. The Viking is headed to Missouri State. Other players are still in discussions and other signings may come over the next few days.