Jocelyn Malaska announced an oral commitment on Friday to the Texas Tech soccer application, a prospect that the Haitian-born player and these close to him would not have envisioned till not too long ago.
Malaska, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback and broad receiver from Bethany, Oklahoma, declared his pledge on Instagram. The 5-moment movie details his daily life tale with interviews of him, his adoptive mom and dad and his substantial-school mentor.
“When I began taking part in soccer in the seventh quality,” Malaska reported on the movie, “I under no circumstances dreamed that sometime I would be taking part in in school.”
As a junior last year for Bethany, Malaska caught 45 passes for 479 yards and a touchdown and was credited with 29 tackles, two tackles for decline, 3 interceptions and four passes defended.
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David and Alisha Malaska commenced the procedure of adopting Jocelyn and his two brothers from a Haitian orphanage following a mission trip. The procedure took nearly four many years, they stated, and the brothers came to the U.S. six decades in the past. Before then, Jocelyn Malaska said in the movie, “I did not even know what American football was.”
“Setting up university in The us in the fifth grade wasn’t uncomplicated,” he explained, “but it made the will and desire in me to get far better just about every working day at every thing I do.”
The Malaskas explained Jocelyn’s organic father died right after an earthquake and his mother could not take treatment of him and his brothers. Alisha Malaska mentioned Jocelyn’s schooling in the U.S. commenced with studying English and that, at the finish of his initial 12 months, he asked to go back to a lower grade so that he could study a lot more.
“The tale he has is just definitely outstanding, where by he came from,” Bethany coach Jon Arthur reported in the video clip. “It really is a excellent story, but I assume it’s heading to get even superior as we go out and see the influence he’s going to have both of those on the athletic field and off.”
The 247Athletics recruiting support ranks Malaska as the No. 23 prospect in Oklahoma for the course of 2022. He is been offered scholarships by 10 other systems, among the them Kansas, Vanderbilt, SMU, Utah Point out, Tulsa and Hawaii. He also has scholarship offers from Abilene Christian, UT-San Antonio, Eastern Michigan and South Dakota State.
“With Joe, a college is going to get another person who is an extremely hard worker,” Arthur claimed. “He is going to do almost everything that’s asked of him. He is a lockdown-variety corner and defensive secondary person. He is an outstanding athlete both in speed and dimension, but does some really excellent points on the defensive aspect in phrases of just pure coverage instincts.”
Tech has commitments from 7 recruits for the 2022 class.
Texas Tech soccer commitments
The pursuing players have produced non-binding oral commitments to Texas Tech. The national signing periods are Dec. 15-17 for higher-college recruits who want to indicator early, Dec. 15 by Jan. 15 for mid-calendar year junior-calendar year higher education transfers and Feb. 2 via April 1 for the typical signing period.
Bryson Donnell, 5-10, 204, RB, Tyler Lee Tyler King, 5-10, 175, WR, Alief Taylor Sheridan Wilson, 6-4, 275, OT, Argyle Kaden Weatherby, 6-6, 280, OL, Centennial (Colo.) Eaglecrest Hut Graham, 6-1, 185, S, Gunter Maurion Horn, 5-11, 175, CB-RB, Broken Arrow, Okla. Jocelyn Malaska, 6-1, 170, CB-WR, Bethany, Okla.