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National Signing For Mission Viejo Student Athletes

MISSION VIEJO, CA —Athletes from Mission Viejo High School signed at with colleges across the country Wednesday, Feb. 7. A total of 23 student athletes received college scholarships.

Diablo football superstars Olajah Griffin signed with the USC Trojans and Christian LaValle signed with Arizona State University. Both young men will wear maroon and gold, the pair will certainly go head to head in the future, with the Trojans and Sun Devils, respectively.

Griffin is a five-star cornerback who is listed as the No. 28 overall player in the country, according to 247Sports. He is also known for his rap singer father, Warren G. He put his maroon and gold hat on with pride in front of thousands of ESPN fans, Wednesday.

Inside linebacker LaValle served as a captain for the Mission Viejo team that finished with a 12-1 season. He signed with ASU during the early signing period on Dec. 20.

Of signing with ASU, LaValle told 247:

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When I visited, everybody says you get that feeling. I visited other big-time schools like Georgia and I went around and saw pretty big campuses that are the top in the country, but I just got that feeling when I got to Arizona State. I knew I wanted to live there, knew I wanted to get my education there. I knew I would be able to succeed in life there. It’s a place I could see myself living after college because of all the things to do as a young person. I definitely saw a very good opportunity to come in and play with Christian Sam and DJ Calhoun declaring for the league."

The Mission Viejo High School Diablo student athletes who signed include:

Drew Baltruweit, baseball, Cal State NorthridgeKevin Champion, baseball, Wheaton CollegeOlajah Griffin, football, University Of Southern CaliforniaAlexander Jemal, baseball, Oregon StateChristian LaValle, football, Arizona StateWilliam Levine, baseball, Arizona StateChris Mitchell, football, Boise StateJack Muench, football, CornellAustin Osborne, football, WashingtonJarrett Patterson, football, Notre DameKelly Petro, lacrosse, Whittier CollegeKanoah Tanuvasa, football, Dixie StatePeyton Burt, girls soccer, Cal State San MarcosPeyton Cody, softball, St. John’s UniversityKaitlin Collins, soccer, Boston UniversityKate Farley, soccer, Cal State Monterey BayHailey Johnston, softball, Hendrix CollegeTerra McGowan, softball, Arizona State UniversityAshley Rende, soccer/girls lacrosse, RedlandsBrenna Rich, softball, Kansas Wesleyan UniversityAlyssa Viera, softball, Washington CollegeOlivia Viggiano, softball, Seattle University

CAPISTRANO VALLEY

Nolan Reeve, football, Colorado School of Mines

TRABUCO HILLS

Abby Estes, soccer, San MarcosAubrey Fergeson, soccer, BiolaSophia Garrido, soccer, UC San DiegoGarrett Pinvidic, football, BenedictineAudie Shutler, soccer, Chicago

Other Orange County athletes who signed include:

ALISO NIGUEL

Mia Darden. soccer/track, Tulsa Maddi Desiano, soccer, UCLA Annabella Folino, soccer, BYU Lucas Marshall, soccer, George Washington Alena Wade, soccer, Dickinson

BECKMAN

Jessica Ruggieri, soccer, UC San Diego

BUENA PARK

AJ Allen, football, Weber State Devon Cooley, football, Weber State

CANYON

Dylan Porter, football, Claremont McKenna Jen Rose, girls soccer, Texas Tech Penelope Hocking, girls soccer, USC Iliana Hocking, girls soccer, Arizona Christian Gomez, girls soccer, Cal

CAPISTRANO VALLEY

Nolan Reeve, football, Colorado School of Mines

CORONA DEL MAR

Joe Rosensitto, water polo, Toronto Henry Wilde, water polo, UCLA

CREAN LUTHERAN

Ben Beavers, football, Concordia-Wisconsin Anthony Cooper, football, Concordia-Wisconsin

CYPRESS

Kendall Bowdish, girls soccer, Wyoming Ashley Bustamante, girls soccer, Soka University Jazmin Duran, girls soccer, Cal Poly Pomona Allison Harper, girls soccer, Central Christian College

DANA HILLS

Kai Hanson, water polo, Long Beach State Cameron Kaemerle, soccer, San Diego Robert Reynolds, soccer, St, Lawrence

EDISON

Amanda Chadwick, soccer, Pace Michael Guptill, girls soccer, Dartmouth Griffin O’Connor, football, Yale

EL DORADO

Jack Strouse, football, Jackson State

EL TORO

Cooper Jones, football, Southeastern Dominick Vasquez, football, Concordia-Ann Arbor

ESPERANZA

Isabel Dehakiz, soccer, Arizona State Jillian Erwin, soccer, Cal Poly Pomona Erika Hall, soccer, Northern Colorado Madison Kline, soccer, North Carolina State Savannah Pierce, soccer, San Bernardino

FOOTHILL

Joe Molina, water polo, Cal Zane Scott, water polo, USC

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Jake Cavano, boys water polo, UCLA Curtis Jarvis, boys water polo, Pepperdine

JSERRA

Nick Aquino, boys soccer, Concordia Jack Bolduc, football, Nevada-Reno Skylar Giacobetti, girls soccer, Purdue Taylor Gosselin, soccer, Auburn Sam Guinane, boys soccer, Notre Dame Jake Haggard, football, Penn Mahea Heimuli, girls soccer, Yale Morgan Hebard, boys soccer, Army-West Point Academy TJ Medina, football, Air Force Academy Jake Parks, football, UC Davis Matt Robinson, football, Illinois Dylan Shockey, boys soccer, Loyola Marymount

LA HABRA

Tyler Casados, football, Air Force Zach Fogel, football, Claremont-McKenna Mia McCarty, soccer, Midland Kyle Moore, water polo, McKendree Andrew Soto, football, Occidental

LOS ALAMITOS

Matthew Faupusa, football, Idaho Nathan Hartman, football, San Diego Alex Miskela, football, BYU Dylan Norrbom, football, Western State Colorado Dylan Ramirez, football, Knox Zack Ruiz, football, Western State Colorado Ashley Soto, soccer, USC

MARINA

Amanda Dunton, soccer, Wheaton College Massachusetts Autumn Opperud, soccer, Jamestown-North Dakota Erika Sosa, soccer, Sacramento State Madison Woolbert, soccer, Southern Wesleyan Payton Woolbert, soccer, Southern Wesleyan

MATER DEI

Mark Balcarcel, water polo, Chapman Julia Barajas, soccer, Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wyatt Benson, water polo, Princeton Nick Cirrito, soccer, UC San Diego JT Daniels, football, USC Andrew Faoliu, football, Oregon Mason Kolinchak, football, Army Nathan Legoleo, football, Texas-El Paso Destinee Manzo, soccer, Portland Jordan Moos, soccer, Dickinson Billy Motherway, water polo, Princeton Chris Murray, football, UCLA Caden Rule, soccer, York St. John Jackson Seybold, water polo, Stanford Justin Stephen, soccer, Boston Amon-Ra St. Brown, football, USC Samuela Tuihalamaka, football, Oklahoma State Solomon Tuliaupupu, football, USC

MISSION VIEJO

Drew Baltruweit, baseball, Cal State NorthridgeKevin Champion, baseball, Wheaton CollegeOlajah Griffin, football, University Of Southern CaliforniaAlexander Jemal, baseball, Oregon StateChristian LaValle, football, Arizona StateWilliam Levine, baseball, Arizona StateChris Mitchell, football, Boise StateJack Muench, football, CornellAustin Osborne, football, WashingtonJarrett Patterson, football, Notre DameKelly Petro, lacrosse, Whittier CollegeKanoah Tanuvasa, football, Dixie StatePeyton Burt, girls soccer, Cal State San MarcosPeyton Cody, softball, St. John’s UniversityKaitlin Collins, soccer, Boston UniversityKate Farley, soccer, Cal State Monterey BayHailey Johnston, softball, Hendrix CollegeTerra McGowan, softball, Arizona State UniversityAshley Rende, soccer/girls lacrosse, Redlands Brenna Rich, softball, Kansas Wesleyan UniversityAlyssa Viera, softball, Washington CollegeOlivia Viggiano, softball, Seattle University

NEWPORT HARBOR

Cole Brosnan, water polo, UC Santa Barbara Jason Grew, water polo, UC Irvine Jackson Westerman, water polo, UCLA

ORANGE LUTHERAN

Jonathan Cooper, water polo, Pacific Hannes Daube, water polo, USC Matt Kacura, water polo, UCLA Ash Molthen, water polo, UCLA

PACIFICA

Ben Jefferson, football, Air Force Luke Loy, boys soccer, University of Antelope Valley Isaak Togia, football, San Jose State

RANCHO ALAMITOS

Destiny Aragon, girls soccer, Cal State San Bernardino

ROSARY

Kayla Figueroa, soccer, Concordia

SADDLEBACK VALLEY CHRISTIAN

Mej Carpentier, soccer, Cal Poly SLO

SAGE HILL

Taylor Magliarditi, soccer, UCLA

SAN CLEMENTE

Kelsey Bland, girls soccer, Chapman Natlie Crapo, girls soccer, Point Loma Ben Giacobello, boys soccer, Notre Dame London Irwin, girls soccer, Point Loma Chris Kane, football, Air Force Jack Shippy, football, UC Davis KC Smith, boys soccer, Westmont Samuel Toscano, boys soccer, Westmont Tristan Trager, boys soccer, Air Force Shae Waters, girls soccer, College of Idaho Thomas Wade, football, Hawaii Tristan Weber, boys soccer, Portland Austin Whitsett, football, Air Force

SAN JUAN HILLS

Natalie Herring, soccer, Transylvania Jennifer McFadden, soccer, Air Force Jack Monach, soccer, UC Irvine Matthew Rodriguez, football, New Mexico Highlands

SANTA ANA

Damian Macias, football, Western State Colorado

SANTA MARGARITA

Chloe Boice, girls soccer, Notre Dame Dylan Brady, football, Brown Kyle Carey, boys soccer, Loyola Marymount Richie Cargao, football, University of San Diego Hunter Cifuentes, football, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Mark Eaton, football, University of Chicago Caden Fitch, football, University of San Diego Kierstin Flint, girls soccer, SMU Thalia Georgilou, girls soccer, Carnegie Mellon Noah Hodge, boys water polo, Harvard Alex Kilander, football, Princeton Emma Leong, girls soccer, Southern Utah Madison Louderback, girls soccer, University of San Diego Chad Magyar, football, UNLV Johnny McCartan, football, Oregon State Jake Peters, football, Arizona Chase Petersen, boys water polo, UCLA Brock Petersen, boys water polo, UCLA AJ Rossman, boys water polo, Stanford Mia Roth, girls soccer, Purdue Jessie Roux, girls soccer, Chapman Dani Spensiero, girls soccer, Miami of Ohio Jacob Wright, boys water polo, UC Davis
Delon Hurt, football, UCLA Julius Irvin, football, Washington Luke LaCilento, football, San Diego Clayton Martin, football, Western State Colorado Corbin Mercado, soccer, Loyola Marymount Jose Sosa, soccer, Pacific Parker Thomas, football, Colorado Mesa

SUNNY HILLS

Sierra Chhoeung, soccer, Cal State LA Lexi Flores, soccer, Hope Alex Jung, football, William and Penn Marquis Knighten, football, William and Penn Nick Sheffer, football, Trinity Brandon Won, football, Harvard

ST. MARGARET’S

Lauren McCaffrey, soccer, Northwestern Sophie Payne, soccer, Oberlin
Madison Hogue, soccer, Texas Chase Petersen, football, Dixie State Joseph Rubio, footbal, Middlebury Skylar Smith, soccer, Santa Clara James Williams, football, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

TRABUCO HILLS

Abby Estes, soccer, San Marcos Aubrey Fergeson, soccer, Biola Sophia Garrido, soccer, UC San Diego Garrett Pinvidic, football, Benedictine Audie Shutler, soccer, Chicago
Brianna Diaz, soccer, UNLV

UNIVERSITY

Remy Kaufman, soccer, Colgate Jimmy Choi, soccer, Whitorth Paige Metayer, soccer, Cal

VILLA PARK

Malik Banks, football, UC Davis Leigh Polson, soccer, UC Riverside Hunter Ancich, football, San Diego Gavin Jones, water polo, Air Force

WOODBRIDGE

Nick Nash, football, San Jose State

YORBA LINDA

Emma Deane, girls soccer, Oregon State Liz Geraghty, girls soccer, Chico State Kyle Smith, football, Culver Stockton College-Missouri

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