OAKMAN — Another talented Oakman football player has signed on the dotted line.
On Thursday it was was Kaleb Pedraza’s turn as he signed a letter-of-intent with Maryville College, a Division III school located in Tennessee.
He is the second Oakman graduate to sign with Maryville. Fellow Wildcat Luke a signed with the school last week.
At Oakman, Pedraza lined up in several positions across the field during his three years on the varsity team. He saw time at linebacker, defensive end, offensive line, fullback and tight end.
“He’s extremely versative. He can play inside or outside and he runs well for a big kid,” Oakman coach Ryan Hall said.
“He’s also resilient. He started the year with an injury and got injured midway through the year, but he fought through it and finished the last four or five games strong when he got healthy. I think his best football is in front of him.”
It was a visit to the school earlier this year — and a push from Johnson — that sold Pedraza on Maryville.
“I was looking around to where I wanted to go. Luke told me that he was going to Maryville and that it’s a good academic school with a good football program so I looked into it. I took a visit and just fell in love with the school,” said Pedraza, who is expecting to play defensive end at Maryville.
Pedraza was part of 19 wins and three playoff appearances at Oakman. He’s enjoyed his three years at the school.
“It’s a great community. Everybody just cares about each other. The teachers and the staff are great. It’s just a well-knit community,” Pedraza said.
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