The deluge of Division One athletes pouring out of Lawrence High has slowed to a trickle, but it hasn't completely dried up.
Jake Lahm became the 10th member of the Lions' class of '94 to land a major-college scholarship when he signed a track letter of intent with Drake University last week.
If swimmer Jama Crady is successful in her attempt to walk on to the Kansas swimming team, an unprecedented 11 May LHS grads will be listed on Division One rosters next year.
"We have an extremely competitive class," said Lahm, a hurdler and sprinter at LHS. "Nobody really congratulates you unless you get first place. Our class expected to get first place. Am I surprised we had 11? No, but I'm glad our class has that many."
Lahm was recruited to run hurdles at Drake, a private school in Des Moines. He also played football at LHS but never entertained a football offer. The Bulldogs compete in Division I-AA in football, Division One in all other sports.
"I wasn't the greatest football player," Lahm said. "I really wanted to do track all my life. I wanted to run. Last summer, I worked really, really hard. I ran my butt off. I was really striving to make Division One."
Lahm picked Drake over Kansas and Iowa. He visited all three schools.
"I liked that Drake is a smaller school, a private school," Lahm said. "The teachers are all professors, which is nice. And, the track team is one of the greatest in the nation. The campus is small. It's really nice, a real homey feeling. I love Drake. It's just a great school."
Lahm said he planned to major in business and minor in psychology.
"Then I'll go to Drake law school and join the FBI," Lahm said. "Ideally, anyway."
Lawrence's other class of '94 Division One signees are: Joy Stover, Northwestern swimming; Jennifer Adams, Wyoming swimming; Nicky Smith, Missouri softball; Andrew Poggio, St. Louis swimming; Andy Bengtson, KU golf; Kristina Johnson, KU softball; Brad Romme, KU baseball; Jason Thoren, KU football; and Tariq Butt, KU tennis.
LHS also had a pair of small-college baseball signings this week. First baseman-pitcher Brandon Grammer has committed to Coffeyville Community College, and pitcher Dustin Smith has signed with Johnson County CC. Pitcher Mike Grob plans to walk on at Washburn.