With just days until National Signing Day, a pair of Santa Monica football players have decided where they will take their next snaps.
Quarterback Garrett Safron is expected to accept an offer to play for Sacramento State, a Big Sky Conference team. Defensive end Keelan Malone has decided on Villanova, a team fresh off the 2009 Division I Championship.
Both players have been offered full scholarships. They join linebacker Luke Zelon, who will play for Harvard, as the only players who have made their college choices clear. Head Coach Travis Clark said that safety Jared Onouye and wide receiver Mike Smith are still in talks with several colleges. National Signing Day is Feb. 3.
“I’m so excited for these guys and their families,” Clark said. “Not everyone gets an opportunity to play college football.”
He said that sending players on to play collegiate ball helps his younger players see the big picture.
“This gives them something to be inspired about,” Clark said. “It shows them that their coach is going to work hard to place them into college.”