On February 7th 2018, high school seniors were first able to sign a binding national letter of intent for a collegiate sport with any school that is a member of NCAA. At Redwood High School, Emma Ruth, ’18, signed her letter to West Virginia State University in front of her family, friends, and school.
Ruth signed to play softball for WVSU and plans to major in Sports Medicine. The four year varsity player hit for a .347 batting average in the past 3 seasons and has been a team captain for 2 years. She also played volleyball for Redwood, 1 year JV and 3 years on Varsity, leading the team in blocks and kills.
Emma said she likes the school and her offer because she can move on from playing 4 years in high school to playing 4 years in college also. She told me, “I’ve always wanted to play softball in college…on the East side they have all four seasons & I wanted to experience that some where out of California. I’m scared to leave but either way , you have to leave your family for college.”
The Ruth family said they’re just happy and excited for her future and to end the long journey to find the right place for their daughter, “It’s scary but we feel comfortable that she’s ready to fly and move out, we’re going to miss her though.” The family explains to me their long process of recruiting and committing by visiting many colleges and they’re just ready to see all she accomplishes in her next four years.
Last summer, Junior Prospect Hunter Bryan, ’19, decided to commit to Fresno State University for baseball. He played as a starter his freshman year on JV but got moved up for Redwood’s playoffs that year. In his first year on varsity, he was named WYL player of the year and committed to FSU early to play DI baseball.
He told me on behalf of the verbal commitment, “I felt it was a good fit being close to home and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity… it’s exciting knowing i’m already going to a paid for college, I knew I had the potential to receive an offer but I didn’t think this soon, I’m excited though.”
Elijah Munoz, ’18, 3 year varsity player, committed to Cal State Monterey Bay to play DII baseball. He said, “It’s close to the beach and there’s like 3 other people going with me. Also, it’s not that far from home, about four hours so it wouldn’t be too difficult to visit my family.” Every kid growing up has plans to play in college but many fall short of that dream when they realize how much commitment and dedication goes into the sport. Munoz tells me, “I’ve been playing since I was 5 and it’s what I’ve wanted to do for a very long time so I’m glad I have the opportunity to do so.”