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FREDERICK — Frederick’s Brooklin LeBon took care of one last piece of business May 14 before she leaves high school.
She signed a collegiate volleyball letter of intent to play at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She’ll join the squad as a walk-on with the hopes of earning a scholarship in a year.
“I started my recruiting process really late,” she said. “CSU-Pueblo was the only offer. I’m excited. I wanted to stay in-state. I went down for a tryout, and they said they liked me. The coaches are really nice, and I feel like I can get along with them.”
LeBon thought colleges would make the first contact with her.
“I was the one who was supposed to get myself out there, and that’s what I didn’t do,” she said. “Word to the wise? Get started early.”
LeBon averaged two kills a set for the Warriors last season and had a 57 percent hitting average. She also had 44 blocks at the net and served up 22 aces.
“She played for me since she was in seventh grade,” said former FHS volleyball coach Jamie Bradt. “I remember saying, ‘Brook? You’re going to play outside.’ And the next game, I’d say, ‘OK, you’re going to play middle.’ Those attributes followed her to her senior year and beyond. When you have a versatile athlete, it’s a coach’s dream. It’s one big reason you’re signing today.”
LeBon isn’t scared about going to school; to the contrary, she’s rather excited.
“Nothing against Frederick, but I want to move on and start the new chapter in my life. I can’t wait to see where it takes me,” she said. “First, I wanted to go to Florida. Then I was like, ‘well, let’s be in the same state.’ Pueblo is two hours away, so it’s easy for me to come home if I need to in case of a family emergency. And they can come and support me. If I was in Florida, it’d be a little harder.”
LeBon wants to study criminal justice and psychology so she can become an FBI agent.
“My cousin is in that. He came home from my sister’s wedding and said, ‘You’ll really like it. You’ll be a good fit,’” LeBon said. “I want to investigate that. He takes care of hostages, so I’d like to work with that, too.”
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