Blue Springs seniors Elijah Lee, Dalvin Warmack and Kaleb Prewett made plans long ago to spend National Signing Day together and simultaneously sign their letters of intent to join the Kansas State football program.
Instead, Lee spent the morning frantically shoveling his driveway, trying to clear enough snow to still partake in the festivities.
A winter snow storm 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 a half hour later, he had cleared a path large enough to drive to a local 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.
It's fitting Blue Springs is the school to break the 15-year streak. It won its second straight Missouri Class 6 state championship in November.
Warmack put together back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons and scored 80 touchdowns over the same time frame. He is the first time-time winner of the Thomas A. Simone Award, given to the top football player in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Lee won consecutive Buck Buchanan Awards, handed 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 also spent time on offense last season, where he caught 30 passes for 674 yards and 12 touchdowns.