Grigsby, a 6-foot, 205-pound speedster, began the season at St. Paul, where he rushed for nearly 500 yards and seven touchdowns in three games. He transferred to California and was a key factor in the Condors challenging for the Del Rio League title and making the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. Despite missing two games during the transition period, he finished the season with nearly 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns rushing. His 8.2 yards per carry was tops among the area’s rushers. “He has an uncommon ability to read and react,” former St. Paul coach Marijon Ancich said. “We have it on film in a game where on one play not one person made a block and he still found a hole and went 37 yards for a touchdown. He has the potential to be as good as anyone ever from around here.” Pellum, a 5-10, 165-pounder and arguably the area’s most exciting player on both sides of the ball, signed with Washington State as a defensive back, but might have done so as a wide receiver or a return specialist. A trio of area athletes finalized their commitments to Pacific-10 Conference universities by signing letters of intent on Wednesday. California High School running back Nicolas Grigsby signed with the University of Arizona. Santa Fe defensive back Romeo Pellum signed with Washington State University. Whittier Christian soccer standout Megan Jesolva committed officially to UC Berkeley. A first-team All-CIF selection on both offense and defense, Pellum had 55 tackles, three interceptions and 11 knockdowns playing cornerback. He also averaged 22.8 yards a return on eight punts, rushed for 280 yards in Santa Fe’s fly-sweep package and scored 13 touchdowns overall. A ferocious hitter, his biggest impact in the program may have been the impact he made on opposing receivers. “He’ll put on a couple of pounds up there, and with his speed and ability to close (on a receiver) and the way he hits, he’ll fit right into their style of defense,” coach Jack Mahlstede said. Both Grigsby and Pellum were first-team All-Area selections this season. Jesolva is a four-year varsity letter-winner and a three-time All-Area player who has been one of the anchors around whom the Heralds program has functioned. She has played both forward and midfield and saw limited time as a defender early in the season. This season, she has scored 20 goals and had 14 assists in leading the Heralds to first in the Alpha League. She is recognized nationally as a participant in the Junior Olympic Development program. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!