Three Patriots sign to schools on football's national signing day

NORTH POLE-Today all across the country high school players signed national letters of intent to play football in college. At North Pole high school in the 49th state three Patriots did just that.

Seniors, Lance Wright, Khalil Steward and Jordan Copeland all signed NLI's to their respective schools and they just happen to represent almost all levels of play at the next level.

Steward will go to NAIA Valley City Sate University in North Dakota. The Vikings were co-champions in their conference last year going 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the North Star conference. Steward has a 2.8 GPA and plans to major in athletic training one of the key points in his decision to go there. Wright, who is his best friend, has an older brother, Steven, who is a junior defensive back at Valley City.

Copeland will go to Division II South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The Hardrockers went 6-4 a year ago and will be transitioning to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Hardrockers were an independent with affiliations with the GNAC conference.

Wright, will be going to Division I Rice University in Houston, Texas. Wright verbally committed before his senior season began. It should be a smooth tranistion for Wrigth since his grandparents and aunt and uncle are only a couple hours drive away from campus.

Wright is Rice's only signee out of the state of Texas and the first ever football recruit from Alaska. The Owls won Conference USA last year with a 7-1 record. They won 10 games and went to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl but lost 44-7 to the SEC's Mississippi State. Their also installing new turf for this upcomng year and will be renovating their stadium as well.