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Local prep athletes sign letters of intent
by Dan Eckles
Feb 03, 2010 | 1296 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A trio of Reed High School athletes made their collegiate athletic plans official, signing their letters of intent on National Signing Day. Wednesday marked the first day of the winter signing period for NCAA-bound athletes.

Two Reed football players inked their scholarship intent letters to take their skills to the college gridiron as did a Raiders’ soccer standout. Reed seniors Garrett Corbett and Kyle Roberts will play football at San Diego State and Nevada respectively while Jessica Allen is set to attend Ouachita Baptist University and compete on the soccer pitch.

Roberts likes the opportunity to stay local and play his college football in Reno.

“I love the town, love the people and love the Nevada program,” Roberts said. “I went to a lot of games growing up. It never really occurred to me that I could play there until I got the offer.”

The 17-year-old offensive lineman was a first-team High Desert League all-star last fall while helping the Raiders to a Northern 4A title. Roberts was told he should expect to stay an offensive lineman but may move around.

“This is unbelievable. He’s achieved his dream,” Roberts’ father Richard said. “His hard work has paid off.. What percentage of kids get to play Division I football at this level?”

Roberts’ Raiders teammate Garrett Corbett announced his future plans over the Christmas break. Corbett then made his decision to attend San Diego State official Wednesday.

“It feels good to get the recruiting process all done,” Corbett said. “I’m excited. I can’t wait to get down there and start playing.”

Corbett, like Roberts, was also a first-team HDL selection last fall. The 18-year-old, who plays basketball as well for RHS, will play on the offensive line at SDSU. He said Aztec coaches told him the option to redshirt next school year would be his choice.

Corbett, who plans to major in Kinesiology, was all smiles at Wednesday’s signing ceremony.

“This is really exciting for me. It’s nice to see all the people and kids come out and support us,” he said.

Reed football coach Ernie Howren was in attendance, supporting his Raiders standouts. The local coach has nothing but positive things to say about Roberts and Corbett.

“The kids work so hard throughout their prep careers and we ask a lot of them,” Howren said. “For their hard work to culminate in a scholarship, I couldn’t be prouder of them. “Their combination of size and speed does not come along that often. They are both 6-foot 6-inches and 280 pounds and they run around like wide receivers and running backs.”

On the girls side, Reed’s Jessica Allen announced her college plans to go to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. Allen, whose father grew up in Arkansas, learned of the school while playing in a club tournament last year.

“They came and watched and said they really liked me. I went and checked out the school while I was there and really liked it,” Allen said. “I’m really excited but also nervous. I know how much effort it will take to play college soccer.”

Allen wants to go into politics and likes the Ouachita’s highly-rated political science department. The school fields a Division II soccer program.

“I’m absolutely excited for her. She’s been playing soccer since she was six so it’s rewarding,” said Will Allen, Jessica’s father. “It just kind of hit us today that she’s going away. The reality of her leaving kind of hit us hard. We had some anxiety.”

•At Spanish Springs, Cougars senior Luke Arciniega signed his letter of intent to play his college football for Nevada. The move was not a surprise as Arciniega gave the Wolf Pack a verbal commitment in December.

The 18-year-old linebacker made his decision official during a signing ceremony in the Spanish Springs High gymnasium Wednesday afternoon.

“Staying home was just a huge thing for me,” Arciniega said. “I get to stay close with my friends and family. I grew up watching the program and now I get to be part of it.”

Arciniega blossomed into one of northern Nevada’s top prospects on the gridiron over the past two seasons. The 6-foot 3-inch 210-pound athlete said Wolf Pack coaches hope he can continue to grow and put on weight. He added that he’s been told he could play play middle or outside linebacker during his collegiate career.

“I”m extremely proud and very happy for him,” Arciniega’s mother Nancy said. “He’s been saying he wanted to be a football player since he was about six, but we didn’t let him start playing until he was nine. All his papers in school over the years, about ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ were all about playing football.”

Arciniega was the High Desert League’s defensive player of the year last fall after leading the Cougars to their first playoff berth in seven seasons. Arciniega is the second SSHS athlete to sign a Division I football scholarship, joining 2005 Cougars graduate Mike Kanellis.

“This is a great day for Spanish Springs High School and our athletic program,” Cougars football coach Scott Hare said. “I really expect big things from Luke as he moves on to the next level. He’s going to be successful and I know he’ll represent Spanish Springs very well. We’ll all look back and say we knew Luke back when...”
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