Signing day: Frederick enjoys large NLI haul, including 6 FB players

As she went through the recruiting process, Frederick senior Makenzie Urban couldn’t decide if she wanted to compete against her older sister Alexa, or with her.

“I think it will be good being on the same team together,” Urban said in a phone interview Wednesday as she prepared to make her decision official.

Urban signed to run track and cross country for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, choosing to join her sister at UCCS over going to Colorado State.

Urban placed among the top 10 in Class 4A in both the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs at state track last spring, but she’s hoping to delve into the steeplechase in college.

Her signing was just one of about a dozen celebrated at Frederick High on Wednesday evening. While FHS has sent athletes to the college ranks in the past, rarely has it enjoyed a signing day like this one.

Wednesday marked the first day prep athletes could sign letters of intent for football, track, cross country and soccer.

“It’s really exciting because most people when they think of Frederick, they don’t think of very good athletic programs,” Urban said. “So for us to be sending 13 girls and guys to the next level, it’s a big step for us and means a lot to our community.”

Building off of back-to-back league titles, the football team signed six players to the college ranks.

Ryan Miller signed with Colorado State-Pueblo. Jakob Vargas, Jesse Butts and Joe Wise all signed with Western State. Star linebacker KC Rivera, who missed much of his senior season with a knee injury, signed with Pima Community College in Arizona. And Jacob Sleeth signed with Colorado School of Mines.

“This is a special class,” said Miller, who was recruited to play fullback in the Thunderwolves’ I-formation offense. “We’ve all played football together. All of us in the class have grown up together and developed a special relationship. We’re really going to leave our mark at Frederick High School.”

Miller got the royal treatment last week when the entire CSU-Pueblo coaching staff visited him at school to secure his commitment.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Miller said. “I developed a good relationship with the coaches and everything, and I feel like that’s the program I can be most successful in.”

Soccer player Shanelle Cox also signed with CSU-Pueblo on Wednesday. Among the Warriors’ other athletes celebrating commitments and signings were Kate Hoffman (softball, Adams State), Liberty Nelson (softball, Garden City CC) and Courtney Zimmerman (volleyball, Western State).

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