What do singer Katy Perry, retired major league pitcher/World Series champion Jesse Orosco and UCLA men's basketball coach Ben Howland all have in common?
They are among the notable alumni for Santa Barbara City College – the California school Jerry Hickson will attend following graduation from St. Francis.
The Red Raiders' senior quarterback and Western New York career passing yards leader has committed to playing at the two-year junior college that has recently graduated its share of football players to various four-year Division I and II programs.
Hickson started four seasons for the Red Raiders, guiding them to the 2015 Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association championship and appearance in the state Catholic final. He threw for 7,610 yards to eclipse the old WNY career passing yards mark held by former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star quarterback Joe Licata. Hickson also threw for 78 touchdowns, which rank second all-time in WNY. He set six school records during his time with coach Jerry Smith's program.
Smith also announced Thursday five other football players who committed to Division III college programs. They include linebacker/running back Devin Delmont (Baldwin Wallace), running back Bryan Dempsey (St. Lawrence), linemen Chris Leonard (Alfred) and Pat Martin (St. John Fisher), and running back/corner Marques Hartley (St. John Fisher). In March, first team All-WNY lineman Tyler Grisolia announced he would attend Guelph University in Ontario, while defensive lineman/tight end Jordan Arruda is heading to McMaster, also in Canada.