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Area football players finalize college plans

La Crosse, Wis (WXOW)  College football teams are mining some local high school football talent.
It’s national signing day Wednesday and some area stars finalizing their plans to play at the next level.

In Onalaska, senior receiver Ray Heilman signed his letter of intent to play at Divison 2 Bemidji State in northern Minnesota.
Heilman was a first team all-MVC selection last fall after catching 68 passes for 1,028 yards and 12 touchdowns.

When I showed up it really felt like home to me. The players treated me well. The coaches, I got along with them very well. For sure, I thought it was a right fit,” Heilman said.

Also moving on to the next level is Central lineman Alec Morris.
Morris is moving right up the river.
He signed a letter of intent to play at Division 2 Winona State.
Morris was a first team all-MVC performer last fall.

“It’s important to me because I’m really close to my family and if they want to come see me play, if I’m six hours away, they can’t really come see me play often. Another thing I like is the school is close-knit. I’ll be close to my friends. I’ll be close to my coaches. It’ll be really nice to have my favorite coaches that have been with me forever follow me and come watch me play up in Winona,” Morris said.

Speaking of big offensive linenmen, G-E-T’s Gage Jessesski will play at the next level too.
The 6-foot 4-inch, 285 pound tackle signed his letter of intent to play at Minnesota-Moorhead.
Jessesski was the Coulee Conference lineman of the year last fall.


Scott Emerich

Scott is WXOW’s Sports Director

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