Santee athlete signs National Letter of Intent

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Garrett Mead, a defensive lineman for West Hills High, signed a National Letter of Intent and will continue his football career at Minn.-Crookston. Mead is one of 28 players to sign with the NCAA Division II program and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Mead was selected by the coaches to the all-Grossmont Valley League team after the Wolf Pack (9-3) defeated Monte Vista, 21-13, on the final day of the regular season to capture the championship in a battle of league unbeaten.

Garrett Mead, a defensive lineman for West Hills High, signed a National Letter of Intent and will continue his football career at Minn.-Crookston. Mead is one of 28 players to sign with the NCAA Division II program and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Mead was selected by the coaches to the all-Grossmont Valley League team after the Wolf Pack (9-3) defeated Monte Vista, 21-13, on the final day of the regular season to capture the championship in a battle of league unbeaten.

Mead is joined by former Wolf Pack linebacker Conner Finnestad, who played for the Pack through his junior year before finishing last season at Mater Dei High in Chula Vista.

Mead will follow the footsteps of another Wolf Pack defensive standout.

“Garrett and Conner selected Crookston because Peanut Herrada, who also played at West Hills is on the team and hosted them on their official visit,” said Dominic LaRussa, the line coach for the Wolf Pack. “Peanut was a big reason why they chose Crookston. He’s a familiar face.”

LaRussa is also alum of the Golden Eagles football team, which went winless last season, including a 66-26 loss to archrival Minn.-Moorhead in the Red River Valley Showdown to cap the season.

However, with 11 returning starters (including a freshman quarterback), quick improvement is expected.