Blue Springs High School seniors Elijah Lee, Dalvin Warmack and Kaleb Prewett made plans long ago to spend National Signing Day together and simultaneously sign letters of intent to join the Kansas State football program.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Instead, Lee spent Wednesday morning frantically shoveling his driveway, trying to clear enough snow to still partake in the festivities.
A winter snowstorm in Kansas City altered the signing day plans for high school athletes who were out of school Wednesday, including Lee, who was determined to still find a way to fax his signed letter to Kansas State.
Without a fax machine in his house, Lee grabbed a shovel from the garage and started digging into the pile of snow. Nearly half an hour later, he had cleared a path large enough to drive to an area grocery store and fax his papers from there.
“I had a decent amount to shovel,” Lee said. “I was one of the last ones to sign because of it, but I wasn’t going to miss National Signing Day.”
Warmack and Prewett also signed with Kansas State on Wednesday. It’s the first time since 1999 that Kansas State has plucked three football players from the same high school. Blue Springs won its second straight Missouri Class 6 football state championship in November.
“It’s practically like having family come down there with you,” Warmack said. “Having two best friends makes it that much easier to transition into everything.”
Warmack put together back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons and scored 82 career touchdowns with Blue Springs. He is the first two-time winner of the Thomas A. Simone Award, given to the top football player in the Kansas City area.
Lee won consecutive Buck Buchanan Awards, handed out to the best linebacker in Kansas City. He recorded 12 sacks and 24 tackles for loss in his senior season.
Prewett was a ball hawk in the Blue Springs secondary, intercepting four passes. He caught 30 passes for 674 yards and 12 touchdowns.
A month shy of the spring soccer season, St. Teresa’s Academy senior Savannah Trujillo can already feel the pressure mounting. She knows many have pegged the Stars as the team to beat in Missouri Class 3 after they finished second at state last year.
It’s easy to see why.
Four St. Teresa’s Academy seniors signed Wednesday to play Division I soccer. Trujillo, The Star’s All-Metro player of the year last spring, signed with Missouri. Midfielder Lizzie Luallin will attend Oklahoma; defender Cristina DeZeeuw is headed to Vanderbilt; and defender Mallory Radtke signed with Rice.
“It’s going to be a lot of pressure because we had such a good opportunity last year and came up a little short,” Trujillo said. “This is our last chance to win a state championship, and we’re ready to show people we can do that.”
After rattling off a list of some of his most talented senior classes, Lee’s Summit West football coach Royce Boehm ultimately determined this season’s may be the best one yet.
The numbers Wednesday back that up.
Five players from the Titans’ state-championship team signed with Football Bowl Subdivision schools Wednesday: Monte Harrison (Nebraska), Logan Cheadle (Missouri), Kevin Pendleton (Missouri), Evan Martin (Navy) and Dale Brown (Northern Illinois).
“To have so many players be able to represent Lee’s Summit West at that next level says a lot,” Boehm said. “It has to be one of our top classes, if not the best one, that we’ve had in our 10-year existence. That’s exciting for the program.”