Area athletes make choices official

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Feb. 7, 2018 at 10:12 p.m.

Yoakum's Isaac Pope signs with Texas State University on Wednesday at the Yoakum gym.

Yoakum's Isaac Pope signs with Texas State University on Wednesday at the Yoakum gym.   Angela Piazza for The Victoria Advocate

Isaac Pope transferred to Yoakum from San Benito for his senior season.

Bo Robinson wishes he could have coached Pope throughout his entire high school career.

"He's a great kid," the Yoakum coach said. "He's a really good student. He's a high-character guy. He's one of those guys you wish you had more of them because he's fun to coach. He got better being around our athletes, and that got him exposure."

Pope took advantage of his opportunity by signing a letter of intent with Texas State University on Wednesday at the Yoakum gym.

"Even though it's a big university, it still gave me that family feel about it," Pope said. "It was like Yoakum, but on a bigger scale."

Pope played primarily defensive back for the Bulldogs, but also contributed on offense.

He had 67 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups.

He also rushed five times for 125 yards and one touchdown, and had five receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

"I think Isaac was one of those guys who, if he had a few more months, could have gone a lot of places," Robinson said. "He's a long athlete that can run. People got on him late. Texas State got a steal with him. He's what everybody's looking for. He's a rangy kid who can run in the secondary."

Pope is looking forward to making an impression in San Marcos.

"I know I have to learn the playbook and put some more size on, but I feel like I have what it takes," he said. "I'm just going to use everything I learned here and make sure that I get after it."

Pope and teammate Josh Moore, who signed with the University of Texas, brought Yoakum's number of Division I signees to four.

Defensive back Jordan Moore signed with Texas A&M, and offensive lineman Silas Robinson signed with Arkansas in December.

Cuero receiver Bralen Taylor signed with Baylor in January.

Linebacker Dylan Moeller, of Victoria East, also signed in December with Dordt College, a NAIA school in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Gonzales had three players make their commitments official on national signing day.

Defensive lineman Juan Licea signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a NCAA Division II school in Alva.

Receiver Corey Anzaldua signed with Southwestern Assemblies of God, a NAIA school in Waxahachie.

Receiver Trevion McNeil signed with Blinn College in Brenham.

Nixon-Smiley athlete Colby Newman made his commitment to Mount St. Joseph University, a NCAA Division III school in Cincinnati official.

Bay City defensive linemen Zachary Battle and Marcus Fowler signed with Texas Institute of Agriculture and Technology, a career school, which will play its games in West Columbia.

Also Wednesday, Bay City's Abigail Torres made her commitment to play softball at UHV official.



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