CHEYENNE – Raul Magno thought the ideal next stop in his college soccer career was outside Colorado.
The Laramie County Community College sophomore wanted new experiences and a change of scenery.
That changed after talking with and being offered a scholarship from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Magno signed a national letter of intent to play for the Grizzlies on Monday afternoon.
“I wanted to explore other things,” said Magno, who hails from Boulder, Colorado. “Coach (Stan) Rodrigues seemed really interested and was really honest throughout the recruiting process.
“He knows what he needs to win a (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) title.
“This isn’t as far away as I was looking to get, but this is still quite a drive from Boulder. It will be a good place to finish my last two years of soccer and get my four-year degree.”
Magno started 23 of the 30 matches he played in for the Golden Eagles, scoring two goals and dishing out five assists.
Adams State is getting a player who is more than solid both on and off the field, LCCC coach Vince Gibson said.
“He is a really adaptable soccer player,” he said. “We played a style that might not have fit him well his freshman season, and he adapted to that and contributed for us. We changed again this year, and he adapted again.
“He also is a player you don’t have to worry about off the field. When we were recruiting him, we told him to get his application in, his financial aid lined up and all of that, and he already had it all done by the time we talked about it.”
Magno doesn’t see those things as special; responsibility and hard work were expected by his father.
“He expects me to really pursue things instead of waiting around and rushing to get them done at the last minute,” Magno said. “He taught me how to stay ahead of things.”
Magno has already earned an associate degree in social sciences, and is working toward his associate in Spanish. He wants to work as a psychologist.