LONGMONT — Silver Creek High School doesn’t have a big-school feel and the football program hasn’t been around that long relative to many others in Colorado.
But the Raptors still have a big-time program with some big-time players.
At Wednesday’s national signing day ceremony, six players from the Class 3A state runner-up football team signed letters of intent to play in college. One of the Raptors’ biggest big-time players, offensive lineman Isaac Miller, headlined the class by signing to play down the road at the University of Colorado.
“It was a pretty easy decision, honestly,” Miller said. “It’s close to home, I’ve grown up around Boulder my entire life, they have excellent coaches and I love their philosophy. I’ve been really impressed with them and I know they’re going to turn it around. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m excited about it.”
Though Miller initially thought he wanted to branch out on his own, he ultimately decided he wanted to stick close to home. Teammate Levi Cecil made a similar decision.
After exploring his opportunities, Cecil, a defensive lineman, signed to play next season at the Air Force Academy.
“It’s the lifestyle I want to live,” Cecil said. “Honestly, I just love the routine. You have a schedule every day. You go work out, you go to class and you get to play D-I football. It’s a great place. They have a great tradition there, they’ve gone to a ton of bowl games, they’re in the Mountain West and my family can come out and watch me play.”
Also staying in-state, Raptors defensive end Collin Gibbs signed to play football at the University of Northern Colorado.
Heading to Spearfish, North Dakota, Raptors quarterback Ben Sjobakken and wide receiver Zane Lindsey signed to play at Black Hills State University. With the Yellow Jackets, Lindsey and Sjobakken will reunite with 2012 Times-Call Player of the Year and former teammate Trey Fleming.
Weighing his options between private Christian universities, Raptors senior linebacker and 2013 Times-Call Player of the Year Andre Apodaca decided to sign with Azusa Pacific University in California. Being one of many to sign, Apodaca said Wednesday’s haul was indicative of the Raptors football program and its recent success.
“I just knew it felt like a home away from home,” Apodaca said. “Once I got around the coaches, they were all just really good guys with values and morals that I want to play under. They have a great program and going into a program that is successful was important to me.
“People are just starting to believe and buy in to what Silver Creek can do and has done. This is a good place to go, not only for athletics but for academics. Not too long ago, we were kind of at the bottom of the pack and we’re starting to make a name for ourselves.”
With nine total Raptors signatures penned to paper Wednesday, Cameron Guzman signed to play men’s soccer at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Guzman scored 19 goals as a senior in the fall. Raptors senior Scott Platt also signed to play baseball at Northeastern Junior College.
Senior Emilie Rembert, who currently leads the Raptors girls basketball team with 14.8 points per game, will play women’s basketball at Johns Hopkins University next year.
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