Nothing is a sure thing in sports. Two local athletes could tell you that.
Former Ridgewood tight end Jason Krupinski, who had signed with upstart Webber International University, has decided to play football at Blinn Junior College in Brenha, Texas.
Sean Doyle, a promising River Ridge soccer player, has shunned a trip to England for a U.S. National team tryout.
Krupinski, who, like former Ridgewood quarterback Jon Emminger was set to be part of Webber's inaugural team that will play a five-game club schedule this fall, tried out at Blinn.
Blinn coach Scott Maxfield put Krupinski through a series of running and catching drills Thursday morning and offered him a full athletic scholarship in the afternoon.
"I signed right there on the spot," Krupinski said. "I liked what I saw and (Maxfield) liked what he saw.
"I don't have to pay nothing. All I have to do is go to school, maintain my grades and play football."
Krupinski, 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, had hoped to sign with a Division I program and had talked to South Florida, Florida International and Western Kentucky. But Krupinski's low SAT scores eliminated those options.
As a senior, Krupinski caught seven passes for 204 yards and a touchdown. His 81-yard scoring catch from Emminger is a school record for tight ends.
In May, Doyle, a River Ridge freshman, made plans for a trip to England to play with the Super Clubs National team against European soccer clubs.
Now, the standout defender is headed to Boston.
Doyle, 14, will be among more than 100 players vying for about 20 spots on the U.S. Under-14 team Aug. 5-11.
"It's kind of disappointing. I was really looking forward to playing (in Europe)," Doyle said. "But I guess going out for the national team is even better.
"I still would like to play in Europe some day."
Doyle, an Olympic Development Player, made the U-14 state team in March. Earlier this month, Team Florida went 3-1-1 at a regional tournament in Alabama and Doyle was among 39 players named to the regional squad. That group will compete with other regional teams in Massachusetts.
"If I play good, I think I'll have a good shot" at making the national team, Doyle said.
Doyle, whose father, Steve, is the River Ridge High boys coach, scored 17 goals as a River Ridge Middle midfielder last season.