Kansas football stars sign to the Ivy Leagues

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- The CatchItKansas area was well-represented by Division I athletes on National Signing Day, but two rose above the class.

Scott Valentas, a multisport athlete from Kapaun Mt. Carmel, signed with Columbia University to play football.

Valentas was the defensive captain of the Crusaders this past season, and will continue playing defensive back in New York City, while also pursuing a degree in business.

Roughly 80 miles north at Salina South, another Ivy League signing was happening simultaneously. Isaac Mitchell will be playing roughly 80 miles north of Valentas once again, but this time at Yale University.

Valentas is excited about the prospect of playing against Mitchell in conference games.

"I think that's cool that I'll be able to play against a kid in Kansas," Valentas said. "So that should be fun that there's Kansas kids going to the east coast, because you don't usually see that."

Mitchell chose Yale over Air Force to pursue an education in engineering in addition to his football pursuits as a defensive lineman. Mitchell was also honored to be a Kansas representative in the Northeast.

"When I went up there, I think they said I was the only Kansas kid on the team and everything like that," he said. "So that's definitely a great honor to be a Kansas kid representing up in Connecticut, you know?"

Cameron Burt from Blue Valley North will also be attending Columbia University