By Zach Cavanagh
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Much like his path to the quarterback, Cade Albright’s path to being a top recruit was swift and explosive.
Albright was a solid defensive player as a junior with 47 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. However, after an offseason in which he put on 30 lbs., Albright put together the strength to become an elite defensive end and pulled in 62 total tackles with 33 tackles for loss and 19 sacks.
Albright’s rise culminated on National Signing Day when he joined the family line and signed on to play football at BYU in an on-campus ceremony at San Juan Hills on Wednesday.
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“It’s a dream school growing up,” Albright said. “I was thinking about other schools, but I liked my visit there. I figured it’s the place I wanted to go.”
Albright’s parents, Casey and Lorie, went to and met at BYU, and while they didn’t push him, they had a rooting interest for his college future.
“It was where we secretly or not so secretly wanted him to go,” Casey said, “but we wanted him to make his own decision. He was looking at UCLA, Utah and a few other schools, but he really kept it close until the last day when he committed to BYU. We couldn’t be happier.”
While Albright was the front line for a formidable Stallions defense, Carson Lewis was locking down in the secondary. Lewis joined Albright as a Stallion signee on Wednesday by choosing to play football at the University of San Diego.
“I really like the area,” Lewis said. “It’s close to home, and I also like the academics there. They offer a lot for academics and I can get the degree I want while having fun playing football.”
Lewis reeled in five interceptions in both his junior and senior seasons to set the all-time program mark with 10 in a career. As a senior, he also returned those five receptions for 126 total yards and a touchdown.
“We called ourselves the best defense in the county,” Lewis said, “and I believe we were the best defense in the county. No one could gash us. We were solid in all aspects of our defense.”
Photos by Zach Cavanagh and Courtesy of JSerra and St. Margaret’s
Five Student-Athletes Honored at San Juan Hills.
There were a total of five San Juan Hills student-athletes honored on National Signing Day:
Cade Albright (football, BYU), Angelica Gonzalez (softball, Iowa State), Carson Lewis (football, University of San Diego), Joshua Rauterkus (baseball, Whittier College), Phoebe Popplewell (softball, Ottawa University)
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Isabella D’Aquila Headlines Five JSerra Signees
It was a long time coming for JSerra soccer star Isabella D’Aquila. D’Aquila had verbally committed as a sophomore, and a laundry list of accomplishments later, D’Aquila signed her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Santa Clara.
D’Aquila was one of five student-athletes honored on National Signing Day at JSerra.
D’Aquila is a two-time county goal-scoring leader, three-time Trinity League offensive MVP, 2018-19 Trinity League MVP, two-time Trinity League champion, two-time CIF-SS Division 1 champion, two-time CIF-SS Division 1 player of the year, United States U17 World Cup roster member, 2019 United States U20 roster member and 2017-18 Gatorade state and national player of the year.
Joining D’Aquila in the JSerra ceremony were four football players: Jacob Angel (Idaho State), Tarik Luckett (Colorado), Seth MacKellar (Arizona) and Quantraill Morris Walker (Idaho State).
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St. Margaret’s Honors Eight Signing Student-Athletes
St. Margaret’s presented five football players, two lacrosse players and one cross country runner on National Signing Day:
Nick Falshaw (football, Washington University in St. Louis), Robbie Graham (cross country, Colby College), Alex Lanham (football, Baylor), James Mott (football, University of Chicago), Stuart Pollard (lacrosse, Holy Cross), Koa Todd (lacrosse, Utah), Christopher Vartanian (football, Washington University in St. Louis), Jack Young (football, SMU)