FARMINGTON — Two more Piedra Vista seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play college sports.
Football player Kyle Ensign signed with Western New Mexico University on May 15, while second baseman on the Panther baseball team Jeremy Johnson will join third baseman Dillan Vigil at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.
Here is a closer look at the two signings:
Kyle Ensign, Western New Mexico
Ensign will take the tools he learned playing football in Northern New Mexico to the southern part of the state when he laces up his cleats for Western New Mexico.
The offensive lineman is looking forward to playing Division II football in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
“It is incredible. It has been a whole four years of hard work and it has finally all come together,” he said. “It is hard to believe that everything is working out as well as it has. It is tough to believe.”
Ensign wasn't sure if he would get the chance to sign to play football, and he had already considered options for school without football.
“I was really unsure. All the way through senior year, I hadn't heard anything. Finally, come toward the end of the playoffs when the team turned everything around, I started getting some local interest and it spread from there,” He said. “It was kind of a spur of the moment thing.”
Ensign credited PV's first winning season in his four years playing for the team for helping spark interest.
“The whole environment of finally winning and getting the whole tradition back going again got us interest. They knew it wasn't just a few guys doing good. The whole senior class had potential to go out and play at the college level,” Ensign said.
While Ensign is looking forward to playing Mustang home games in Silver City, he likes that his family will be able to watch him play at several road games closer to Farmington.
“It will actually be easier for them to go see away games. It will be nice seeing guys like Kolt (Munoz) and Dylan (Terry) in Durango when we play Fort Lewis every year,” he said. “It will be cool to stay in touch with everybody from here.”
Ensign hopes to compete for a starting job at either right guard, center or even full back, depending on how well he adds weight in the offseason, he said.
He plans on studying Kinesiology and working to be come an athletic trainer.
Jeremy Johnson, Clark College
Two PV baseball players will transition from being Panthers to Penguins next season.
Jeremy Johnson will join Dillan Vigil at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., for head coach Don Freeman.
“I am very excited to continue my baseball career at Clark, and can't thank my coaches enough for preparing me for the next level,” Johnson said.
Johnson considered an offer from Otero Junior College, but said the opportunity to play with Vigil at a school offering the field of study he was interested in was a perfect fit.
“I liked the area and the situation of being able to play with another teammate,” he said. “I want to become a pharmacist and that is what intrigued me about Clark College. They have programs suited for the area I plan on studying.”
Johnson aims to keep his position at second base.
“I converted from a third baseman my sophomore year and feel like the change was fitting,” he said.
While at Clark College, Johnson hopes to enjoy the life that is being a college baseball player.
“I hope to gain the college baseball experience and mature as a student athlete,” he said.
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