Costilla commits to Tyler Junior College

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San Marcos Football

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series featuring each of the four San Marcos High School football signees.

If any senior of the San Marcos 2018 signing class represents the resilient attitude the Rattler culture has established, it is offensive lineman Alex Costilla.

The three-year varsity player was a focal point in the success San Marcos planned to have heading into the 2017-18 campaign but was sidelined for a majority of the season due to a serious knee injury. There were hopes that Costilla could play again before the year ended but some setbacks prevented that vision from coming to fruition.

“(Going through the injury) was hard, it was really hard,” Costilla said. “I took my time, got back with the coaches and started working again. (The support) helped me a lot. I never thought I’d be in this situation with my knee but this decision is what was best for me.”

Before signing day, the senior lineman had interest from a handful of schools that included Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Navarro Junior College, Cisco Junior College, Tyler Junior College and Blinn Junior College.

Costilla ultimately made the decision to continue his academic and athletic career at Tyler Junior College on Wednesday morning.

“It’s a special day for him,” said Mark Soto, San Marcos’ athletic director and head football coach. “He has a lot of things going on and he’s made some decisions that are going to move him and his family forward which is great. The opportunity to start at Tyler is going to parlay him into a bigger college. We’re really pumped for him to get  into a college after the adversity hit with the injury.”

Soto added that it was important for the underclassmen who were in attendance in the auditorium to see and understand there is light at the end of the tunnel when dealing with mishaps. Costilla also mentioned that he hopes his story gives his teammates something to look up to as they continue to work towards their goals on and off the field.

“(Being a part of this) is really special to me,” Costilla said. “This dream is right in (the underclassmen’s) hands as they move up into a new district with a lot more competition. I really hope I impact them because they look up to me and I looked up to the former players who signed.”

Costilla’s mother, (Rosina), spoke on how proud she was to see him taking the next step in his dream and the hard work paying off. She also mentioned how phenomenal Soto and the staff were supporting Costilla through all the adversity he has fought through.

“I read something a couple of weeks ago,” assistant head coach Gilbert Rodriguez said. “When you experience a setback, you don’t press the reset button. You press the resume button. We had numerous talks with (Costilla) after his ACL injury. Coming into his senior year, it was something hard for him to swallow. At the beginning he got discouraged but he never hit the reset button. He hit the resume button and there’s a reason why he is sitting up here today. It speaks volumes to the resiliency he has that we speak about.”

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