Santa Fe Christian standout accepts scholarship offer from Cornell

High school seniors across the country signed their letters of intent in February and among the many exceptional athletes was Santa Fe Christian’s Jarrod Watson-Lewis. Jarrod has accepted an offer from Cornell University, where he will play football for the NCAA Division I team.

Santa Fe Varsity Coach Nick Ruschetta notes, “Jarrod will bring so many talents to Cornell. Obviously his speed, athleticism, and physical drive set him apart but he is an incredibly intelligent player and one of the hardest working kids I have seen on the field.” A four-year varsity player at both running back and safety, Jarrod averaged 9 yards per carry and scored a total of 15 touch downs for the Eagles in 2011, leading the team to the Coastal League Championship and the Division V CIF championship game.

Watson-Lewis is one of the most decorated players in Coastal League history, earning the All-Coastal League Football First-Team Defense, Coastal League Defensive Player of the Year, All-North County First Team Defense, All-CIF Second Team Defense and the ESPN All-Small Schools State Second Team Defense. His academic honors include being named a Scholar-Leader Athlete by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame and to the Union Tribune North County All-Academic Team.

Hard work doesn’t end when off the field, as Jarrod often arrives to Santa Fe at 6:30 a.m. tutoring students while his mother Dedra begins her workday as a bus driver for the school. “My parents knew what was best for me, sending me to Santa Fe Christian in 6th grade. I didn’t want to leave my friends and did not know what to expect but their decision has been a true blessing in disguise.” He continues, “My mother has been a tremendous influence in my life, working multiple jobs and supporting my athletic and academic desires and I am excited that, as a result, I have the opportunity to attend Cornell.”

Jarrod currently plans on majoring in business at Cornell’s Dyson School Of Applied Economics and Management, but doesn’t rule out a move to the schools prestigious hotel management program. Looking forward to experiencing the East Coast and a new culture, Jarrod is poised to continue on his path of success.

Santa Fe Christian Schools is a pre-K through 12th grade college preparatory school located in Solana Beach. For more information, please contact (858) 755-8900 or