Regis Jesuit senior Kiahn Martinez smiles as he prepares to sign his National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Idaho during a ceremony on Dec. 19, 2018, at Regis Jesuit High School. Nine Aurora prep football players took advantage of the first day of the early signing period. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel)

AURORA | The Early Signing Period for prep football players proved exceptionally lucrative for the University of Northern Colorado, which collected five of Aurora’s top talents Wednesday.

Aurora Central teammates Kurt Gallup and Michael Thompson, Eaglecrest’s Elijah Anderson-Taylor, Smoky Hill’s David Hoage and Vista PEAK’s Jeremiah Blackwood all took advantage of the early period to join the Bears.

The five Northern Colorado recruits were among nine total around the city to sign on the first day of a tight window.

Eaglecrest offensive linemen Barrett “Bear” Miller and Jake Wiley signed with Stanford University and the University of Colorado, respectively, while Grandview’s Hayden Isenhart is headed to Montana State and Regis Jesuit running back Kiahn Martinez is bound for the University of Idaho.

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Sentinel Prep Sports

AURORA EARLY NLI FOOTBALL SIGNINGS

Aurora Central: Kurt Gallup and Michael Thompson, Northern Colorado

Eaglecrest: Elijah Anderson-Taylor, Northern Colorado; Barrett “Bear” Miller, Stanford University; Jake Wiley, University of Colorado

Grandview: Hayden Isenhart, Montana State

Regis Jesuit: Kiahn Martinez, University of Idaho

Smoky Hill: David Hoage, Northern Colorado

Vista PEAK: Jeremiah Blackwood, Northern Colorado