by LYDIA COBB | photo by Tyler McElhaney

Rising Athlete

Kevin Estes is a senior at San Marcos High. He spent this past spring mulling over sixteen full scholarship offers for football from competing universities. “I feel honored. It was a crazy couple of months,” explained Kevin. “By the end of April I had five offers. Then I received ten in a two-week period. On Aug. 15 I committed to the University of Wisconsin.”

His older brother played Pop Warner football, which inspired Kevin to join when he was seven. “As I got older it became my dream to play in college in a full stadium,” he shared. It’s not just that Kevin plays the game well. He’s a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. By working hard on and off the field, he was named to the U-T San Diego All-Academic Team, which honors juniors and seniors in varsity sports who maintain GPAs of 3.0 or higher. His favorite classes are drafting and history. He sees the bonds that students and alumni have with the school and added, “If you’ve gone to San Marcos High, you are a Knight for life.”


Kevin is thankful to everyone who has helped him reach his dream to play college ball. His flag football coach, Eric, showed him to read where a player goes, not just to chase. He credits each milestone, teacher, and coach, from Pop Warner to freshman and varsity. “Thank you to Coach Texler,” expressed Kevin. “He not only helped me get my scholarship, but he has put San Marcos High on the map as a great football program.”

Kevin has lived in Discovery Meadows for thirteen years after moving from Orange County. He enjoys walking to parks, theaters, and restaurants. He goes fishing with his dad and off-roading in the desert with his girlfriend’s family. Kevin’s grandfather is an inspiration to him because he grew up in a neglected area of New York City but worked to put himself through college and graduate school.
After college, Kevin aspires to be an attorney but is undecided in which area, admitting that he’s drawn to sports law. “I come from a close family. I want to keep that tradition going,” shared Kevin. With support from his family, friends, and mentors, this San Marcos Knight becomes a Wisconsin Badger. For now, there’s a football game at San Marcos, and Kevin’s stepping into the light.

Meet Kevin

Name: Kevin Estes (17)
School: San Marcos High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Steve and Beth Estes
Siblings: Jason (30), Ryan (24), and Rebecca (19)
Favorite Place in 92078: Señor Pancho’s (the Train)