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Damonte Ranch is sending another football player to the Air Force Academy.
Dru Jacobs signed his Letter-Of-Intent in a ceremony at Damonte Ranch on Tuesday morning.
His Damonte teammate, Cyrus Williams, also signed for college. Williams will play football and compete on the track and field team at George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon.
Jacobs will go to prep school before joining Air Force. The prep school helps athletes transition to college. Jacobs said it’s chance to get bigger and stronger before playing Division I football and then join Air Force and still be considered a freshman.
Jacobs (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) caught 52 passes for 955 yards and 16 touchdowns last season for the Mustangs. He will likely play receiver at Air Force, but he also played defensive back for Damonte.
He said the education he will receive at Air Force was a major factor in going there.
“The deciding point was what comes after. They have a bunch of student-athletes that graduate and go on to Fortune 500 companies,” Jacobs said. “So, I’ll set myself up for life.”
He plans to study in the medical field and wants to be a firefighter after college.
His former Damonte teammate, Adonis Williams (Cyrus’ older brother) is a Class 4 Cadet (freshman) at the USAFA and isn’t at the prep school.
Cyrus Williams (6-1, 230) will go to George Fox University for football and track and field. He competes in the discus and shot. In football he will likely pay on the defensive line.
“It’s a really high-level education,” Williams said.
He plans to study biology or pre-dental and hopes to become an orthodontist.
He first realized college athletics were a possibility for him in middle school.
“Once I developed as an athlete, it became a goal,” he said.
Also signing this month was Brandon Aiyuk. The McQueen graduate played at Sierra College the past two seasons. He signed with Arizona State football to play receiver.
Aiyuk was one of the top offensive playmakers in junior college football.