Veterans Memorial High School senior Jazz Vallejo was recently signed to play college football with Southwestern University in Georgetown.
Vallejo, who lettered three years, was a linebacker for the Patriots. Coach Tom Gilpin said that Vallejo was an integral part to making the VMHS football program a success.
“He’s a huge part of what our program has accomplished in the last three years,” Gilpin said. “I can safely say that we would not have done what we did in the last three years without Jazz.”
Gilpin said that while Vallejo wasn’t originally zoned to attend VMHS, his parents making the decision to move so he could attend the school was a good one.
“I’m grateful as the head football coach that [he] was here,” Gilpin said. “It’s a tremendous achievement.”
Vallejo was surrounded by family and friends when he signed on Wednesday afternoon.
“I just want to let everyone know that it’s possible,” Vallejo said. “Just remember to get your grades right, and everything else will follow.”