Callyn Crandall Anthem Prep principal, Richard Watmore

Callyn Crandall is flanked by her Anthem Prep principal, Richard Watmore, and the Anthem Prep Eagle during her recent signing ceremony.

Anthem Prep senior Callyn Crandall signed a letter of intent on May 11 to attend and play soccer at Trinity University in San Antonio.

“Trinity University in San Antonio is getting a special person,” said Anthem Prep Principal Richard Watmore.

“Callyn has proven here, at Anthem Prep, that she is talented. However, her dedication to her academics and friendships are revealed every day at school.” 

From overcoming a devastating knee injury her sophomore year of high school to losing critical time of recruiting due to the pandemic, the center defender never gave up and credits the support of her parents and peers to her new adventure.

“Recruiting was really hard with COVID-19,” Crandall said. “We had so much time off during the recruiting dead periods.” 

Although recruiting was difficult for Crandall, her father told her about Trinity University, and it sparked her interest.

“My dad told me to look at Trinity University, so I began talking to their coaches about a year and a half ago,” Crandall said. 

“We corresponded over email for a while and then they watched some film on me. From there, I went on a visit and they made an offer during the visit.” 

Trinity was not the only school that piqued Crandall’s interest.

“I also talked to Davidson College in North Carolina, which I received an offer from, as well as Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California,” Crandall said. 

However, it was the communication that Crandall received from the coaches at Trinity University that made her feel welcome and cemented her choice.

“I picked Trinity because of the coaches and the school, the academics there are unbeatable,” Crandall said. 

Crandall plans on majoring in biology or psychology and wants to eventually pursue a career in physical therapy.

“I tore my ACL sophomore year playing soccer here at Anthem Prep,” Crandall said. “That was a whole year/year and a half process of rehabilitation to be able to play again which really inspired me to pursue physical therapy eventually.” 

Crandall said she’s looking forward to playing soccer and meeting other incoming freshmen. 

While shipping off to college can be scary, Crandall feels best prepared for what is to come and credits her education at Anthem Prep to that. 

“I owe everything to Anthem Prep, they formulated me into the student I am today,” Crandall said. “Plus, everyone who graduates from here says that college is a breeze compared to high school.

“The support I’ve had from the athletic director and all the coaches and teachers here has made it all worthwhile.”

Crandall also wanted to give a major thank you once again to her classmates. 

“To my class specifically, I want to thank them all for their support,” Crandall said. “Sophomore year when I had that injury and was on crutches for nine weeks, people carried my books for me and pulled out chairs for me. I could have easily quit soccer after that, but they kept me wanting to go back.” 

Watmore offered Crandall and the rest of the graduating seniors a parting message. 

“Regardless of the situation, regardless of the scoreboard and regardless of how well you played in the game, you will be successful because you put in all the time, effort and hard work and you know that it will pay off,” Watmore said.