Nine Olentangy football players signed national letters of intent or otherwise announced their college choices Feb. 6.

Nine Olentangy football players signed national letters of intent or otherwise announced their college choices Feb. 6.

Division I signees were defensive back Buchi Okafor (Miami University) and two-way lineman Austin Schmidt (Illinois). Quarterback/punter/defensive back Andrew Horstman received an appointment to the Air Force Academy, and running back/defensive back Ramal Iverson signed with Division II Saginaw Valley State.

Also, receivers/defensive backs Christian Brett and Francis Ramadhani as well as defensive lineman Michael Watkins will play at Otterbein University, offensive lineman Brian Raiff is going to Marietta, and linebacker/running back Zach Ries will go to Tiffin University.

Okafor, a 6-foot-2, 182-pound cornerback, was a first-team all-OCC-Capital Division selection and chose the Redhawks over Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Duke, Northwestern, Syracuse, Toledo and Vanderbilt, according to Rivals.com.

Schmidt, an offensive tackle, earned first-team all-league and all-district after helping pave the way for a rushing attack that amassed 2,404 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Raiff, who played right guard with a broken right foot the entire season, was named second-team all-league.

Horstman was 88-for-171 passing for 1,469 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions, rushed for 988 yards and 13 touchdowns on 135 carries and averaged an area-best 38.4 yards per punt on 36 attempts. He earned first-team all-league and all-district honors for his punting.

Iverson had 478 yards and three touchdowns on 65 carries to earn second-team all-league.

Brett caught 38 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns, all team-highs, and earned first-team all-league and second-team all-district. He also had almost 60 tackles and an interception as a cornerback.

Ramadhani, an honorable mention all-league selection, caught 23 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown.

Ries and Watkins earned special mention all-league for the Braves, who went 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the OCC-Capital Division and lost to Hilliard Davidson 29-14 in a Division I, Region 3 semifinal.

-- Dave Purpura