Calhoun quarterback to walk-on at Texas A&M next year
March 12, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2014 at 10:12 p.m.
Calhoun senior Hunter Boerm had a very happy 18th birthday Wednesday.
The quarterback, who led the Sandcrabs to the Class 4A, Division II state semifinal game last November, will be a preferred walk-on for the Texas A&M football team next year.
While he played quarterback at Calhoun, Boerm can play any number of positions at College Station.
He will report to summer training June 2, five days before he graduates from Calhoun on June 7. He will come back to walk at graduation.
Boerm was working at a Port Lavaca bait shop when he received a phone call from his father, Gene, with the news from Texas A&M.
"I'm very excited," Boerm said in a phone interview. "I had a couple offers from other schools and preferred walk-ons, and I took the A&M one. It's a great school, a great program."
Gene Boerm said this has been in the works for a while. The family was only waiting for a call, and it was a coincidence that the call came on his birthday.
"It doesn't come with a better fit," Gene Boerm said. "He's a humble young man who led Calhoun to the semifinals and one of the best records in school history. Now he has the opportunity to play on one of the largest stages in the SEC."
Though the opportunity does not come attached to a scholarship, Gene Boerm said that could change later.
"He's on the roster, on the football team and this could turn into a scholarship if he sticks with it and proves his worth," Gene Boerm said.
Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker said that Boerm was being looked at by Aggie officials last season.
"I'm very excited for him," Whitaker said. "I know when Signing Day came around, he had a lot of options but didn't feel like they were the right fit for him."
Choosing a college doesn't only affect a student's athletic aspirations, but where he will live for the next stage of his life.
"Going into this process, it has to be what they want, and they have to be happy with the decision they make because it affects the next few years of their lives," Whitaker said.
Boerm went to visit College Station after a sit-down between Whitaker and Aggie coaches.
"This is a great opportunity for kids that don't necessarily want to to go a Division II or III school, and want to be a part of a Division I program," Whitaker said. "The coaches are very excited for Hunter to come; he's excited about it, and it's where he wants to be."
Gene Boerm said his son will start school almost immediately with summer classes.
Boerm wants to major in business management, he said.
"I want to have a boat dealership when I get back, in Port Lavaca or Port O'Connor," Boerm said. "It's my home."