AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - On Monday morning, Bushland’s Skylar Cleavinger signed her letter of intent to play two sports at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
“The campus is amazing, the people there are really nice," gushed Cleavinger. "Its kind of a home-based community and school so that made the decision a lot easier.”
Despite her highly decorated high school basketball and volleyball careers, her college recruitment was a bit unconventional.
It started at the Golden Spread All-Stars volleyball tournament.
“Coach Bartley was there for the volleyball side at OPSU and she came up and talked to me and asked me what I was thinking," explained Cleavinger. "I just thought I’d go and see the campus and see what they were about.”
For head volleyball coach Signey Coombs, the decision was easy.
“She stood out for many reasons, but a couple of them were her ability to be dynamic on the court, play either pin and then six rotations," expressed Coombs. "And then, of course, her energy certainly stood out.”
Basketball was not a hard sell either.
“As soon as people said she can rebound, we were kind of wanting to get involved and get her into our program," said head basketball coach Victor Esparanza. "For her, I think she’ll be able to create a lot of mismatches for us, because she can play both inside and out.”
OPSU is affiliated with NAI instead of the NCAA, so the coaches were able to come out to support Cleavinger’s decision.
“If they’re close enough, we like to get out there and see families, and meet some new people, and be there for our signees,” expressed Esparza.
Two programs are gaining a star--all because OPSU decided to try recruiting at the All-Star game.
“This is our first year out recruiting. That’s something we’ll certainly continue to go to because we found a gem,” said Coombs.
As for Cleavinger, she’s just excited to continue getting to play the games she loves.
“I love both sports, so it’s going be really nice to get to go and do both," said Cleavinger. "Not many schools offer that as an option, so that was really nice.”