National Signing Day in the Crossroads

Local students sign to play college ball

(TEXAS) I’ts National Signing Day and there are quite a few athletes from the Crossroads area that are committing to different schools around the country to further their education as well as their athletic skills. In Hallettsville, running back Jonathon Brooks is making it official today as he signs with the university of Texas on a full ride scholarship. Brooks is an All-State running back and the 3-A division one state championship game Offensive MVP.

“It felt great just to have the community come out and see me sign. It felt great to get it over with. > actually my whole life i wanted  to be in the video game being in the madden you know its always a little kids dream. Knowing that maybe I’ll be in the game is kinda really exciting hopefully it happens,” said Brooks. “Just going up there and learning from the running backs that are there learning really about football and my positions and positions around me and just getting as much playing time as i can,” continued Brooks.

Brooks wants to major in kinesiology something relating to sports.

Jarius Stewart from Calhoun high school is also on a full ride scholarship to play football for the united states air force academy in Colorado Springs Colorado. He was named the Ford Player of the Week back when they played Miller and won 77-76.

Emme O’donnell who runs cross country, will now run for Dallas Baptist University. She holds all the modern records for girls in distance running at Calhoun. She finished 2nd at the the 4-a state cross country meet.

“I just plan on working hard because I’ll be the little one again and Ill be the one that’s going to be learning from others. I hope while I am a freshman I will learn from the seniors and continue to grow from there,” said O’donell.

O’Donnell plans to major in biology and become a physicians assistant.

Running back at Calhoun, Steve Johnson is signing to play football at Lamar University in Beaumont. He is Calhoun’s all-time leader in yards, touchdowns and games played. Little fun fact, Johnson never played a freshman or JV game. Johnson wants to get a mechanical engineer degree while he is there.

Aaron Zapata is signing to play football at Texas Lutheran college. He was named to the 4-a all district team as a tight end.

Here in Victoria Colten Matus who played tight end for West, will travel up to Nebraska and play football for Midland University in Freemont. He said that he didn’t know where he was going to sign until a day before. He wants to major in veterinary science or physical therapy. Golfer Jared Lofland is traveling right down the road to the University of Houston-Victoria. He wanted to continue to play golf at a high level and since UHV has a good golf program he thought he would give it a shot. He plans to major in civil engineering. Another golfer Wyatt Klekar will be traveling to Abiliene, to play golf for McMurry University where he will major in business because of the variety of jobs you can get with a business degree. He is looking forward to the traveling that the golf team does during the season. Damian Rojas who played center back for West’s soccer team  will be taking his skills to Jacksonville college in Texas. His first year he wants to work hard and eventually get a starting position. Congratulations to all the athletes around the state and country who are advancing their athletic career.