Jon Johnson Picture/Gila Herald: Tanner Emery indicators his letter of intent to play soccer for SUU together with his mom, Jill, and head soccer coach, Bob Park, beside him on Monday.
Emery will serve a two-year LDS Mission previous to beginning his collegiate profession
By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – After rising up going to Safford faculties, Tanner Emery’s household moved to Thatcher for what could be his junior yr. And whereas Thatcher’s soccer crew had extra accolades, Tanner mentioned it was n’t a query that he was going to stick with his brothers de él on the road at Safford for his remaining two years. These brothers had been with him on Monday, when he put pen to paper to ceremonially signal his letter of intent to play soccer for the Southern Utah College Thunderbirds.
“It is only a no-brainer to decide on SUU,” Tanner advised the Gila Herald.
The SUU Thunderbirds are a Division 1 NCAA crew based mostly in Cedar Metropolis, Utah, that performs within the Western Athletic Convention (WAC) and went 5-6 general in 2022, 2-3 of their convention. Tanner beforehand signed his precise letter of intent over the Christmas vacation. This occasion was held with the college as a ceremonial signing with dad and mom, coaches, teammates, and media in tow.
Tanner’s father, Clay Emery, spoke extremely of his son and mentioned he was happy with the particular person he was turning into.
“I am tremendous proud, after all, what mother or father would not be,” Clay Emery mentioned. “I simply really feel blessed that he will have his training taken care of and simply happy with who he’s turning into.”
Tanner has been on the offensive line since about seventh grade when an O-line coach noticed him with the operating backs and snagged him. He at the moment runs about 6’3, 275 lbs. and he seems to be to anchor the proper sort out spot on SUU’s line – in a few years.
“I am happy with him (for) the best way he is labored,” Safford head coach Bob Park mentioned. “He got here in and simply to see his development from his freshman yr to now has been actually good, and (I am) simply happy with the best way he is labored. He deserves this as a result of he labored for it.”
“He put in quite a lot of additional time. He went to quite a lot of clinics. He went to do quite a lot of additional issues on his personal and stuff to assist himself enhance. . . However the greatest factor I am happy with him for is simply the person he is turning into being.”
Tanner’s work ethic was a typical theme amongst those that have been round him. Safford Athletic Director Toni Corona launched Tanner on the signing and described his work ethic of him and the way she thought he was going to harm himself from working so exhausting.
“There have been instances that I must inform Tanner, ‘Tanner, you are going to damage your self’ as a result of he was so decided,” Corona mentioned.
“I’ve watched him develop and excel not solely in soccer however in monitor, within the classroom, as a pupil chief, and most of the people do not know he is received a fairly good set of vocal cords on him as properly.”
Previous to becoming a member of the Thunderbirds, Tanner will serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He mentioned his need of him to serve a mission previous to beginning his collegiate profession helped fashioned his pathways of him throughout his recruitment.
“Ever since I have been rising up within the church it is simply been actually necessary to me that I serve for my church,” Tanner mentioned. “And so, ever because the recruiting course of, I advised myself I’ll go on my mission first earlier than I determine to go play soccer.”
Whereas Utah faculties had been a desire, SUU in Cedar Metropolis actually had the within monitor. Each Tanner’s mom, Jill, and father, Clay, graduated from SUU, in addition to Tanner’s head soccer coach, Bob Park.
“Ever since I used to be a child we have been going and taking journeys up there,” Tanner mentioned. “We’d go see the place my dad and mom lived and stuff like that, so Cedar Metropolis has simply actually all the time been a house to me, and it is all the time been a spot of refuge and luxury.”
“He (Tanner) grew up in all of the native eating places there, so it already felt like house,” Clay mentioned.
Whereas his dad and mom and coaches bragged about his accomplishments, Tanner gave reward again to all those that helped him turn into the participant and particular person he’s.
“I am appreciative of my mother, my dad, and my coaches,” Tanner mentioned. “And simply all my teammates and with the ability to construct me up into the person who I’m now. Simply because we got here from a small city and we do not assume that we get as a lot publicity something is feasible. . . in the event you push your self and be sure you’re all the time doing all your half you may go locations.”