Garden City, KS-Second-year Garden City Community College soccer Coach Scott Westbrook is making inroads in his own backyard.
During national signing day, the Broncbusters inked nine locals, with Kevin Benitez, Rene Lares, Emanuel Carrillo and Genaro Macias signing national letters of intent with men's team, while Emely Jaco, Evelyn Ramirez, Jasmin Ortiz, Crystal Ruvalcaba and Edith Flores signed with the women's squad.
"We have a lot of talent in our backyard," Westbrook said. "Our plan is to build this program from the inside-out."
On the boys' front, Benitez, a forward, was a two-year starter for Joaquin Padilla, scoring 16 goals over his final two seasons including 11 during a sensational junior campaign.
"I get a chance to play at home," Benitez said. "That was really important. Plus we saw Garden City guys contributing to last year's team."
Carrillo was also a two-year starter at right-back, who was named to the all-conference team as well as the all-state squad while Macias was the Buffaloes' leading scoring in 2017, netting 10 goals on his way to the all-WAC team. Lares was named second-team all-state as a senior and was part of the regional championship squad as a junior.
As Westbrook tries to retool the girls program, he snagged Jaco and Ramirez, both three-year starters for the Buffaloes along with Ruvalcaba, Ortiz and Flores, who were key reserves the last two years.
"I know the women's program struggled last year, but people don't realize that we aren't as far off as people think," Westbrook said. "We feel like we have a good foundation with our recruiting this year."