Without prompting, Evans High’s Jennifer Deppen made a small speech to the assembled crowd at her letter of intent signing ceremony in the school’s media center Wednesday.
Deppen, who signed to play soccer for Erskine College, wanted them to know just how much their attendance meant.
“I’m so honored they came out and they supported me,” said Deppen.
There were a few other schools she had her eye on, but once she saw Erskine, she knew that was it.
“I went on a campus visit and it was everything I wanted it to be,” Deppen said. “I visited again over spring break, met more girls and just fell more and more in love with the team.”
What she liked was the soccer team and was impressed by the way the coach conducts practices, among other things.
“I liked that it was a small school in general,” Deppen said. “They’ve got a really decent (women’s soccer) program. It’s not the best, but it holds its own.”
Academically, they have more than enough options for her.
“I’m looking at athletic training,” Deppen said. “It’s a pretty strong program at Erskine, but there are other really good programs I’m interested in.”
Deppen controlled the Lady Knights’ defense, and with her ability to take charge, her coach thinks she has a bright future.
“She’s just a leader out on the field,” said Lady Knights head coach Kevin Musick of his senior defender. “She’ll be successful wherever she goes.”