On Wednesday morning, three Borger football players officially signed their letters of intent to play football at the collegiate level.
Dustin Clark signed to play for the University of North Texas in Denton, while Terrance Brown and Miles McKinney signed on to play for Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark.
All three players made a huge impact on the Borger Bulldogs the past three seasons with Borger Head Football Coach Rusty Purser saying each will leave some big shoes to fill on the football field. Purser said, â€śAll three of these guys have worked hard for me and the team over the past three years and I couldnâ€™t be more proud of them. There is no question they are going to leave some big shoes to fill, but it will be fun to follow them at the next level.â€ť
Clark was a three year letterman for the Bulldogs, where he established himself as one of the most dominant defensive players in West Texas at the defensive end position.
For the 2011 season, Clark was named District 1-3A Defensive MVP and named to the Associated Press and Texas Sports Writers Association (TSWA) 3A All-State teams.
Despite being kind of a late entry in pursuing Clark, North Texas impressed the defensive end enough to make him know joining the Mean Green was the right choice.
On why he picked North Texas, Clark said, â€śOne of the assistant coaches came up to visit and I felt there was a good connection and I would fit in with the team. The school has updated their athletic facilities and there is a lot of excitement surrounding the football program.â€ť
According to discussions with coaches, Clark said he could have an opportunity to see time on the football field as a special teams player this fall. If Clark is given that opportunity, it could mean his first action at the collegiate level will come against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in the season opener.
Brown and McKinney will join a Reddies team that has started to establish itself as one of the better Division II programs in the south.
Purser expects both athletes to contribute greatly to the Reddies, saying, â€śI think Henderson is getting a steal in landing both Ty and Miles. I think both players were a little overlooked by some Division I programs and area schools and Henderson is getting two players that can come in and really make a great impact on the team.â€ť
Both players visited the school in January and came away with great impressions of the football program and the community.
One of the factors that appeals to McKinney is Henderson is one of few universities in the country that offers degrees in aviation, something that the linebacker is interested in looking into.
Like Clark, McKinney played three years for the Bulldogs, where he was a force at the linebacker position.
McKinney is a two-time First Team All-District selection and was named to the All-State Academic team and received Honorable Mention honors on the TSWA 3A All-State team.
Due to the Reddies losing three linebackers to graduation, there is a chance McKinney could see time on the field this fall. But for now McKinney said he is ready to do whatever the coaching staff asks of him.
Brown goes to Henderson State after running through opposing defenses this season and earning District 1-3A Offensive MVP honors and being named honorable mention to the TSWA 3A All-State team.
Brown said he expects to be redshirted this fall, but like McKinney, is ready to do whatever is needed for the team.
Brown and McKinney are good friends off the football field, leading both to like the idea of taking the next step into collegiate football together.
Wednesdayâ€™s signings make eight players who have signed to play collegiate football in Purserâ€™s three years leading the program.