National signing day arrived just a week ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Even if they have yet to line up a date, 33 local high school seniors can rest assured of one thing. They will all be going to a college of their choice.
The signing period began on Wednesday and was limited to the sports of football, boys’ water polo, and boys’ and girls’ soccer.
Corona del Mar long snapper Kyle Petrucci will be headed to Stanford. Petrucci had been a starter for the Sea Kings’ football team for the past three seasons, helping CdM reach the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship game as a junior in 2016.
“He is arguably the best snapper in California to come out of this high school class,” West Coast Kicking Academy’s Brad Bohn said. “He’s been consistent over a three-year period. He gets great velocity on his snaps, and he’s really consistent in the placement.”
The total package of excellence in academics and athletics helped the Cardinal reel in top-end talent. Jackson Seybold, the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Player of the Year in boys’ water polo, also signed with Stanford.
Seybold, a Newport Beach resident who helped Mater Dei win the Division 1 championship this year, lauded the area as a premier developer of water polo talent.
“Newport and CdM were two of our biggest competitors this year,” Seybold said. “Not only are they two of the best programs in high school water polo, but a lot of the players that come to play at Mater Dei and alumni are from Newport and CdM.
“It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest, cities in the nation for water polo.”
Sunset League girls’ soccer has also been a source of pride. Five of the six teams in the league finished with a record above .500. There were 14 girls’ soccer players from the league that made a decision on their future on Wednesday.
Given the opportunity, family stayed together. Marina’s Madison and Payton Woolbert will attend Southern Wesleyan University and play women’s soccer. CdM’s Alex and Julian Pourdanesh will play football for the University of Nevada at Reno, where their father, Shar, played in college before moving on to play in the NFL.
After initially committing to UNLV, Edison quarterback Griffin O’Connor is headed to Yale.
Others to join Ivy League schools were Edison’s Michael Guptill (Dartmouth women’s soccer) and Mater Dei’s Wyatt Benson, a Huntington Beach resident who plans to play men’s water polo at Princeton.
CdM’s Henry Wilde, Huntington Beach’s Jake Cavano and Newport Harbor’s Jackson Westerman will play men’s water polo at UCLA.
Sage Hill’s Taylor Magliarditi also joins the Bruins for women’s soccer.
Corona del Mar
Kyle Mabwa, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men’s soccer
Ava McKenzie, UC San Diego women’s soccer
Kyle Petrucci, Stanford football
Alex Pourdanesh, University of Nevada, Reno football
Julian Pourdanesh, University of Nevada, Reno football
Connor Reid, University of San Diego football
Joseph Rosensitto, University of Toronto men’s water polo
Henry Wilde, UCLA men’s water polo
Amanda Chadwick, Pace women’s soccer
Michael Guptill, Dartmouth women’s soccer
Griffin O’Connor, Yale football
Teagan Wasserman, Wagner women’s soccer
Mitchell Wilson, Loyola Marymount University men’s soccer
Marissa Lynch, UC San Diego women’s soccer
Kylena Wilson, Westminster College women’s soccer
Jake Cavano, UCLA men’s water polo
Taylor Jackson, University of San Francisco women’s soccer
Curtis Jarvis, Pepperdine men’s water polo
Alijah Oliver, Tulsa women’s soccer
Amanda Dunton, Wheaton College (MA) women’s soccer
Autumn Opperud, Jamestown University (ND) women’s soccer
Erika Sosa, Sacramento State women’s soccer
Madison Woolbert, Southern Wesleyan University women’s soccer
Payton Woolbert, Southern Wesleyan University women’s soccer
Mark Balcarcel, Chapman men’s water polo (Newport Beach resident)
Wyatt Benson, Princeton men’s water polo (Huntington Beach resident)
Jack Seybold, Stanford men’s water polo (Newport Beach resident)
Ryan Brosnan, UC Santa Barbara men’s water polo
Scout Farmer, Concordia University women’s soccer
Jason Grew, UC Irvine men’s water polo
Eva Nadeau, UC San Diego women’s soccer
Jackson Westerman, UCLA men’s water polo
Taylor Magliarditi, UCLA women’s soccer