Jasmine Cooks, Kalei LaRock sign college letters of intent for NTCC
Center Lady Rider softball standouts Jasmine Cooks and Kalei LaRock on Monday morning signed college letters of intent to play softball next year for the Northeast Texas Community College Eagles.
The signing ceremony took place in the Center High School Library, which was filled with coaches past, present and future; family and students and Center ISD officials. While both LaRock and Cooks have played a variety of sports during their high school careers, including volleyball, basketball and softball, both said they loved softball.
Among those on hand for the signing ceremony was Jessica Keith, NTCC softball coach, who said she was looking forward to seeing the Lady Rider athletes play for the Eagles.
“I've watched them play, how they carry themselves, they're good people, and how they work — that's the number one thing to me — above and beyond anything else, I recruit good people and good athletes and that's what we're looking for,” Keith said. She said it is not that unusual for NTCC to get more than one player from a high school graduating class.
Both LaRock and Cooks are set to graduate next spring.
“I like it, they kind of have that comfort level with each other and know how to push each other,” Keith said. “It's good combination to have players who kind of have grown up with each other.”
Cooks said she is looking forward to extending her softball playing days at the college level.
“This means the world to me to be able to go do college and play the sport that I love,” she said.
Cooks played volleyball, basketball and softball in her high school career.
“I've been playing softball since I was three,” Cooks said. “Softball is my favorite sport, but basketball is a close second.”
LaRock said inking the letter of intent is part of a longtime dream for her. She got her start on the ball field playing baseball with the boys and finally got her start in softball when she was in the eighth grade.
The fact LaRock and her teammate Cooks are making the move together is important to her.
“Jasmine is my best friend so I'm pretty excited,” LaRock said. “I think our future is very bright and especially there (at NTCC) because it feels like home.”
The reception held after the signing ceremony was filled with loads of photos taken with coaches from the past, the present and the future. Family photos and those with fellow students were also popular.
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