For the first time ever, there is an early signing period for high school football players. Rather than wait until National Signing Day in February, players will have the option of signing their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, December 20. But why even wait that long?

On Tuesday, Regis Jesuit senior Jake Heimlicher announced he would be attending the University of Pennsylvania live on 9NEWS at 4 p.m.

Heimlicher, who's listed at 6'4 and 210 pounds, had multiple division one offers, but had narrowed his choices down to Pennsylvania, the University of Colorado - Boulder, University of California - Berkley, Air Force and Princeton.

"I just loved all of the atmospheres at each one," Heimlicher said. "Each one brings a different aspect, and I thought that was pretty cool."

The defensive end -- who also started at tight end for Regis -- led the state for the past two years in sacks.

At his Ivy League Penn, Heimlicher is hoping to study business at the Wharton School of Business -- which was named best business school in the country for 2017, according to Forbes.

"Education is pretty big to me," Heimlicher said. "No matter what, it's going to be hard to play in the NFL, but coming out of college with a great degree is going to be pretty key in [my decision]."

Heimlicher has not decided if he will play baseball for the Raiders in the spring of 2018.