Alex Van Dyke headlines area's top athletes signing letters of intent.
SACRAMENTO – Dozens of high school athletes in the Sacramento area finalized their college plans Wednesday morning.
At a National Signing Day ceremony at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, 16 student athletes signed their letters of intent – the most in school history.
One of the nation's top wide reciever recruits, Alex Van Dyke of Cosumnes Oaks in Elk Grove, talks to News10's Sean Cunningham about his decision to sign a National Letter of Intent with UCLA. News10/KXTV
In Elk Grove, Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke headlined a District signing event where 10 football players took part in a signing ceremony.
One of the nation's top recruits, Van Dyke was joined by friends and family as he officially signed to play with UCLA. His Cosumnes Oaks teammate, offensive lineman Kameron Schroeder signed to play at Duke University.
Capital Christian defensive lineman Nifae Lealao talks to News10's Bryan May about his decision to play for Vanderbilt and the emotional departure from high school. News10/KXTV
Four football players from Pleasant Grove high school attended the ceremony. Wide receiver Wyatt Demps inked to go play with Nevada-Reno, defensive end Earl Chism will head to Yale, while cornerback Brandon Lewis signed with the Washington Huskies.
Cosumnes Oaks' OL Kameron Schroeder, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play college football at Duke University, talks about his decision and leaving high school behind. News10/KXTV
At Capital Christian high school, defensive end Nifae Lealao, who originally committed to play at Stanford, signed with Vanderbilt, in front of hundreds of classmates and family.
Six of those Jesuit students will be playing soccer at NCAA colleges next year, including 18-year-old Tucker Bone, who signed with the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
"What stuck out to me about the Air Force is the unique experience that it offers and how it really sets you up later in life," said Bone.
Basketball, rowing and football athletes will also represent Jesuit next year in various colleges.
Jesuit senior football quarterback Jason Elenberger also signed his letter to play at the United States Air Force Academy in the Mountain West Conference.
"It's an unbelievable opportunity that I have here, and just the opportunity to play Division 1 football at a high level and also serve our country is just a decision that best suits me," said Elenberger.
"This has just really been a dream one true," said Lisa Elenberger, Jason's mom.
The students at Jesuit join thousands of high school athletes who signed their letters today in ceremonies throughout the country. Only about 4-percent of high school students will go on to play a college sport annually.