Six Bulldog seniors sign college letters of intent

Dylan Blankenbaker
Dylan Blankenbaker

By Joe Naiman

Six Ramona High School seniors have signed college athletic letters of intent at the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Dylan Blankenbaker

will run cross country and track at the University of Oklahoma,

Eric Box

will play football at Western New Mexico University,

Ally Harvey

will golf for Texas Wesleyan University,

Kwayde Miller

will continue his football career at San Diego State University,

Kim

Whelehon

will follow her senior high school softball season with play at Southern Arkansas University, and

Jackson Willeford

signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Arizona.

“I’m just really excited to get the opportunity to run for the University of Oklahoma,” Blankenbaker said.

Blankenbaker was also considering the University of Portland and the University of Alabama before choosing to run for the Sooners.

“The running’s really good, and I just like what they have going,” he said of Oklahoma.

The University of Oklahoma is in Norman. Blankenbaker’s father, Damon, grew up in the town of Felt, which is in the Oklahoma panhandle and is approximately a five-hour drive from Norman.

Dylan Blankenbaker is a lifelong Ramona resident who attended Barnett Elementary School before attending Olive Peirce Middle School and Ramona High School. He will likely major in business or marketing at the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m really excited about it,” Box said of his letter of intent. “For a long time I wasn’t expecting to get a scholarship.”

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Eric Box

Box, an offensive lineman, injured his ankle early in the season and missed playing time. His college considerations also included Northern Arizona, Idaho, and the University of San Diego.

“I love the coaching staff. It’s really similar to Ramona,” Box said of choosing Western New Mexico.

A berth on the WNMU football team also reunites Box with running back Tyler Jackson, who graduated from Ramona in 2011.

“I’ll be blocking for him next year,” said Box, who expects to receive playing time with the Mustangs as a true freshman.

Box moved from San Diego to Ramona when he was in third grade and attended Barnett Elementary School before his years at Olive Peirce and at Ramona High. He has not yet chosen a college major.

Texas Wesleyan is in Fort Worth.

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Ally Harvey

“I’m super excited to go play golf there,” Harvey said.

Harvey’s second choice was Cal Lutheran.

“I wanted to go to Texas,” said Harvey, who has family in Plano.

Harvey is a lifelong Ramona resident. She attended James Dukes Elementary School before her years at Olive Peirce and at Ramona High. She intends to become a math major and is contemplating a teaching career.

“Today’s an exciting day, and I’m looking forward to going to San Diego State,” Miller said.

Miller, an offensive lineman, was also considering Oregon, Wisconsin, Purdue, and Oregon State but opted to play for the Aztecs.

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Kwayde Miller

“Best fit for me,” he said.

San Diego State will have four senior offensive linemen in 2012, none in 2013, and two in 2014. Those two 2014 seniors are junior college transfers who were among the six offensive linemen the Aztecs signed to letters of intent.

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