Midland High college signing capsules from Thursday


MADRID SIGNS

TO PLAY FOR MC

 

MICHAEL MADRID

Signing school: Midland College

School: Midland High

Sport: Baseball

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 160 pounds

Madrid on why he chose MC: “I had always been interested in MC. They’ve had a lot of success, it’s local and a great place to start your college baseball career.”

Former MHS coach Barry Russell on Madrid: “I’m proud of him. He’s gotten better every year from freshman year to now and you can see the improvement. He’s always had the ability. He has a good fastball, a good slider, good cutter. The sky is the limit for him.”

Notes: Madrid is a two-year varsity letterman for the Bulldogs and emerged as one of the team’s most reliable starters this past season. In 12 appearances and 10 starts, the right-hander pitched 53 innings and went 4-3 with a 3.03 earned run average. He struck out 50 batters and walked 24. … Madrid, who plans to study business at MC, said the Chaparrals showed interest in him early this season. “I noticed they came to a couple of our games to watch me pitch, so I called coach (Hector Rodriguez) and it worked out,” Madrid said. … Madrid’s lone offer was from MC and he said he’s motivated to make the most of it, as playing college baseball was a lifelong goal for him. “I wanted to see how far I could go with it,” he said. “I believe this one given opportunity is for me to work really hard this summer and in the fall and get going.

-Compiled by Will Korn

 

GALINDO TO PICKS

CALIFORNIA JUCO

 

MICHAEL GALINDO

Signing school: Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, Calif., California Community College Athletic Association

High school: Midland High

Sport: Football

Position: Wide receiver

Galindo on why he chose Monterey Peninsula College: “I was e-mailing coaches, I was doing the NCSA (recruiting website). I’ve been e-mailing their head coach, Mike Rasmussen. He liked my video and we had been talking and he wanted me to come play for him. It’s a pretty place.  It’s beautiful over there. They’re back-to-back (Coast Conference) champions. It’s a good school and a good football program too.”

Notes: Galindo said the Lobos operate a spread offense similar to what MHS runs. … Galindo also considered Jersey Coast Academy, a JUCO in New Jersey, and Delta State in Cleveland, Mississippi. … Galindo plans to major in business management. … Galindo had a team-high 33 receptions, to go along with 462 receiving yards and three TDs for the Bulldogs in 2017. Galindo was a 2017 District 2-6A second team honoree.

MENDEZ SIGNS

WITH UTPB

 

LJ MENDEZ

Signing school: UT-Permian Basin, Odessa, NCAA Division II

High school: Midland High

Sport: Men’s cross-country

Mendez on why he chose UTPB: “I liked it because it was close to my family, so I didn’t want to be too far from them if anything ever happened. When I met the coach (Alick Musukuma), he was really nice and cool. I heard a lot of good things about him from (former MHS runner Ruben Guerra) and I was really excited to see what that school was about. When I sat down and talked to him, I got offered the scholarship, so it was a no-brainer to go there.”

Notes: Mendez also thought about running for Mary-Hardin Baylor and Hardin Simmons. … Mendez is undecided on a major, but is thinking about studying mechanical engineering. … Mendez qualified for the 2017 Region I-6A meet after medaling with a ninth-place finish at district. … Mendez is the sixth MHS boys runner from the 2015 District 3-6A champion cross-country team to compete in college, following Bryce Hoppel (Kansas), Cade Michael (Texas State), Guerra, Jaylen Tryon (Lubbock Christian) and Chad Schmidt (St. Edward’s). The team also had Michael Dutchover, a pro boxer.

SMITH HEADING

TO NEW MEXICO JC

SAMETRIA SMITH

Signing school: New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs, N.M., NJCAA

High school: Midland High

Sport: Women’s track and field

Smith on why she chose New Mexico JC: “I chose it because it’s close to home and it’s close to my family. I can see myself there. The coach (Keith Blackwill) is really interested in me and I’m very interested in the school as a JUCO.”

Notes: Smith also considered Garden City Community College and South Plains College in the JUCO ranks, and LSU and Texas State on the Division I level. “I just thought it would better to get two more years under my belt and go out and compete at a JUCO and drop my times and hopefully get a further distance in the long jump so I can compete at the D1 level,” Smith said. … Smith placed second in the Class 6A girls long jump with a mark of 24 feet, 4 ¼ inches during the UIL State Track and Field Championships last Saturday in Austin. Smith is a three-time state meet qualifier. … Smith is undecided on a major, but is thinking about kinesiology.

TRUESDALE DECIDES

ON PRATT CC

LAURYN TRUESDALE

Signing school: Pratt Community College, Pratt, Kan., NJCAA

High school: Midland High

Sport: Women’s track and field

Truesdale on why she chose Pratt: “I chose it because (Pratt head coach Jamaal Barnes) used to run Division I as well. He was a hurdler and he ran Division I and he was a coach over at Auburn. But he decided that school wasn’t for him so when he moved to Pratt, he said it felt like a better fit. Choosing that school for me was an opportunity to get better and to help my connections to go a bigger school as well.”

Notes: Truesdale also considered McMurry University and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “I ended up choosing Pratt because they offered a full-ride scholarship with full tuition paid off,” Truesdale said. Truesdale also said her desire to compete at a higher level played a role. … Truesdale is thinking about studying kinesiology or forensic science. … Truesdale qualified for the 2018 Region I-6A meet in the 100 hurdles. She placed second in 100 hurdles and finished third in the 300 hurdles at the District 2-6A meet.

-By Christopher Hadorn

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