It's national letter of intent day for high school seniors who want to play college sports at the NCAA or NAIA level. It's a day for all athletes to pick a school, but football players get most of the attention.
After going undefeated and winning the Class 3A state championship, Bishop Heelan had three players sign.
Quarterback Trent Solsma and wide receiver Connor Niles are going to NAIA power Morningside. Solsma threw 45 touchdown passes as a senior to tie the Iowa all-time high school record, including a record six TD's in the title game. Solsma's 84 TD's, in just two years, are the third most in Iowa history.
"I really liked Coach Ryan," said Solsma. "We developed a great relationship along the way. I'm going to become a part of a great team that's always going to compete for a national title, and that was pretty attractive to me."
Niles caught 76 passes for over 1,300 yards and set a title game record with 193 receiving yards.
"Going there with Trent and catching balls from him for four more years will be a great thing," added Niles. "We'll be that much farther ahead of other wide receivers and other combos in the NAIA league."
Keaton Slaughter will play at Wayne State. The 6-5, 225-pound Slaughter will be a tight end for the Wildcats.
"I wanted to go to a program that I feel would be on the rise," said Slaughter. "They have a new stadium, new turf, and it was tough, but I felt like it was the right decision for me."
Heelan also had five soccer players sign.
Megan Glover and Elle Wegher are heading to Briar Cliff.
Sam Tymkowicz and Brooke Bleeker will attend Augustana in Sioux Falls.
Amber Lingle will play at Wayne State.
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