By Victor Calderon
Thirteen student-athletes added to the Carmichael school's rich athletic history on Wednesday when they signed letters of intent to play college athletics.
During a morning ceremony held in Jesuit's impressive athletic center, the Marauders signed their names to play at prestigious universities. .
After they signed, the student-athletes put on baseball caps and sweaters from their future schools and posed for photos with proud parents, coaches and Jesuit faculty and staff members.
"It's very exciting," said J.T. Frank, who said he made a last-minute decision to play football at Holy Cross, a Jesuit university in Worcester, Mass.
"Here at Jesuit, the other student-athletes made me work harder; it's a community where we help push each other in a good way," said Frank, who and had also considered San Diego, Princeton, UC Davis and Marquette.
Nick Kramer will join Frank on the East Coast after signing to compete with Georgetown in swimming.
"I've been working for a long time to get here, waking up at 4 a.m. so I feel accomplished," said Kramer, who also considered Arizona, Arizona State, TCU and SMU, among other schools for academics only. "I fell in love with the Georgetown campus (in Washington, DC)... and I like that Georgetown is also a Catholic and Jesuit school."
Logan James signed on to play baseball at Stanford and said he was impressed by "The Farm."
"Academically, it's tops in the country and the baseball team is always competing for the College World Series," said James, who . He also considered Cal, Saint Mary's, UC Davis, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, USC and Pacific.
Other baseball signees are:
-Gabe Araj, Pacific
-Zach Green, Oregon State
-Louis Mejia, Pacific
Other Jesuit student-athletes who signed on Wednesday are:
-Ben Corfee, UC Davis (Golf)
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-Steven Guzman, UC Davis (Soccer)
-Chris Macasaet, University of the Pacific (Golf)
-Gus Orlando, Seattle (Tennis)
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-Peter Wajda, Chico State (Soccer)
"These are true student-athletes. They have developed mind, body and soul," said Chris Fahey, Jesuit's director of athletics, adding that only five percent of student-athletes play college sports. "You're the best of the best and we are proud of you... remember that before you are a (Georgetown) Hoya, a (Stanford) Cardinal, a (Oregon State) Beaver, an (UC Davis) Aggie, a (Pacific) Tiger, a (Utah) Ute, a (Seattle) Redhawk or a (Chico State) Wildcat, you will always be a Marauder."
Jesuit was the only Carmichael-area school to announce a formal signing day ceremony in what has become a national phenomenon each Feb. 1 with wall-to-wall coverage on ESPN.
Officials at El Camino and Del Campo high schools said they will hold singing ceremonies in the spring for participating student-athletes.
Rio Americano student-athletes Devon Hamersley (soccer) will play at Kansas Wesleyan and signed with Cal, The Sacramento Bee reported.