SSC senior offensive lineman Ronald Aleman, seated second from left, signs his National Letter of Intent with Catholic University of America on Wednesday, April 17. Joining him at the signing are his parents, Jose Perez and Brandi Aleman-Perez, his brother, Tony, SSC athletic director Stace McRaney, SSC offensive line coach Jeff Jordan and SSC head football coach Nate Encrapera.

Saint Stanislaus College senior offensive lineman Ronald Aleman signed a National Letter of Intent with Catholic University of America on Wednesday, April 17.

Aleman is a four-year letter winner on the offensive line for the Rock-a-chaws. He has started the last two seasons at center. Catholic University is located in Washington, DC.

Aleman commented, "This signing means everything to me. Not too long ago, I thought I had played my last down of football. However, after being cleared 100% to play by my doctors, I have been blessed with this opportunity to continue to play this game at a great school like Catholic University. Knowing I will be able to play four more years is simply a blessing."

Late during his senior season in 2018, Aleman was informed that he had an issue with one of his kidneys. Once the issue with the kidney was settled, he was cleared for a return to full activity which brought about the offer to continue to play the game of football.

Aleman has helped lead the Rocks to four consecutive playoff berths including an appearance in the 2015 state championship game.

He earned All-Division 8-4A honors this past season.

SSC head coach Nate Encrapera stated, "We are extremely proud of Ronnie and very happy that he will have this opportunity to continue to play and represent himself and his community at Catholic University. This is a really good fit for him. Over the past few years, he has made the calls for us on the line. He will mesh well with the blue collar work ethic of Catholic University. We look forward to watching Ronnie play in the future and wish him the very best in the future."

Aleman was also a member of the student ministry team, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Environmental Club, powerlifting team, and track and field team during his time at SSC.

He has qualified to play as a freshman.

Aleman added, "I am most thankful to the SSC faculty and staff for guiding me and getting me ready to take this next step. The coaching staff has gone out of their way to prepare for this step up and I cannot wait. My decision to attend SSC was the best decision I have made. It has allowed me to develop my full potential and create many lasting relationships and friendships along the way. I am saddened to be leaving but excited about what lays ahead."

Aleman is expected to continue playing on the interior offensive line and will report to camp August 13. In 2018, the Cardinals posted a record of 1-9.

The Catholic University Cardinals are a Division III school and play in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with Babson College, Clark University, Emerson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Springfield College, the United States Coast Guard Academy, Wheaton College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute along with football affiliate members Norwich University, the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Maine Maritime Academy.

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