The typical order of operations at a university signing ceremony is for the athlete to first take a photograph with relations on the signing desk, adopted by a photograph with coaches, then finally whichever teammates are available.
In Jason Embrose’s case, that required a number of images. There aren’t many varsity sports activities at Aiken High he hasn’t tried, however now he’ll have the possibility to specialize. Thursday he was honored for signing to run cross nation and observe at USC Aiken.
“I’m very proud,” Embrose mentioned. “It all feels great to be able to do this after putting in so much work, physically, mentally and academically. It just feels great.”
During his highschool profession Embrose has been a member of Aiken High’s observe and subject, cross nation, soccer, basketball and wrestling packages. There’s been some instances of sports activities overlapping – like Wednesday, when he helped the Hornets win one other area title in observe and subject whereas the soccer crew had a highway playoff match – however that hasn’t stopped him from giving his all when his quantity is known as.
“Physically and mentally, he has always put forth 120%. That’s one of the things that sets him apart from everybody else,” mentioned Aiken High observe and subject coach John Hostetler. “Even though he may not be able to train all the time, he definitely dedicates himself enough when he’s on the track that he’s going to put in 120%.”
“He’s a high competitor,” added Roger Carpenter, who coached Embrose in cross nation and soccer. “He has the ability to push himself beyond what you think his body can do. … He seems to be able to keep going past that, so he has a good, strong mental aptitude to be able to go past that and keep on going. I think that will help him out a lot at the next level.”
Embrose wished to remain in-state and be near dwelling so he might room with some mates, after which a proposal got here alongside from USCA cross nation coach Marshall Leonard. Embrose admitted he is not nice at making huge selections, so he took as a lot time as he might with this one. In the top, USCA felt proper.
He’ll run in cross nation occasions within the fall, after which there will likely be alternatives to run some observe occasions. He needs to review mechanical engineering.
Hostetler mentioned he is loved watching Embrose blossom from “just a soccer player” to get the chance to run in faculty. Carpenter known as him a jack of all trades, and now he’ll get to funnel all of that aggressive spirit into working.
“Just my teammates and coaches and the competition,” have been Embrose’s favourite elements of being a multi-sport athlete at Aiken High. “I just enjoy every part of it for all the sports I’ve done, really. I just like to compete. Doing it with a bunch of friends of mine and great coaches makes it so much better.”