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Jonathan Estrada , Sports Reporter

Photo by: Jonathan Estrada
Krenek getting ready to sign for Corpus Christi A&M

Every year, senior athletes are recruited by talent scouts to play at their colleges and university. These students often receive partial to full tuition scholarships to play for that school. This year, senior Rams received athletic scholarships to go play some of the nation’s top universities.

Juniors and seniors can earn scholarships for academics, merit, art or even for being left handed. While those scholarships have their own requirements, it is difficult to get an athletic scholarship because of the intense national competition. For athletes, they meet the additional challenge of competing against teammates and friends for those coveted few spots.

Senior Jenna Krenek received a full scholarship to play volleyball at University of Texas A&M at Corpus Christi. Jenna Krenek has played volleyball ever since she was a little girl. She said did not have many scholarship offers because she soley focused on Corpus Christi.

“[I signed with] Corpus Christi because many of my coaches considered it, and they were South West Conference champions two times in a row. It’s by the beach, I can practice volleyball in the sand or inside,” Kerenk said. She signed on January 18, 2017.

Ram football players during the signing event

Senior Kevin LeDee received a full scholarship from and will be attending Tulane University to play football. LeDee received eight offers from other universities including University of Memphis, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign at Urbana Champaign, New Mexico State University, Colorado State University, Bowling Green State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and University Nevada, Las Vegas.

“Out of all the other colleges that I visited, [Tulane] felt more like home, and because of the coaches and the opportunities I’m going to get as a freshman in college,” LeDee said.

Senior Darwin Mejia, a three time varsity offensive linemen, has three football scholarship offers from Midwestern State University, Texas A&M Kingsville and Texas Southern University. Mejia picked Midwestern.

“I like [Midwestern State University], it is a good fit for me. The coaches and players are really cool,” Mejia said

Five Ridge football players signed to university teams on Feb. 1.