New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels' Dylan Larson SPORTS Thursday, February 3, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7 —r « ■ COMING FRIDAY Wrafxjp of soccer, track and cross country signings Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at sports@herald-zeitung com 2011 NATIONAL SIGNING DAY NB s Schmid signs with CSM By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels coach Chuck Caniford has had the luxury of counting on several players on his team for the past three seasons. Senior wideout Matt Schmid has been a workhorse for the Unicorns since he was a sophomore, and a huge part of the recent success that New Braunfels has experienced. “Matt has been a big part of our varsity program for three years, and anytime you lose a three-year letter-man that is always tough,’’ Caniford said. Schmid mulled over his college offers, but a recent visit to Colorado eased his Caniford mind and he made the choice to make Colorado School of the Mines his choice to play football at the next level. "I talked to a bunch of Division II schools, but once I made my trip up there, I just really liked the school and felt comfortable,” Schmid said. “It really seemed like the best fit for me.” Former Smithson Valley standout and current CSM receiver Cody Renken was one of the players that showed Schmid around campus during his visit. Renken was recently named a third team All-American for the Orediggers. Schmid was a two-time first team alldistrict selection and put up some huge numbers — 45 catches for 620 yards, six I Ds — while enduring double coverage on numerous occasions. Ibe 5-foot-7,160-pound wide receiver was also a dangerous punt returner with a 50.3 yards per return average. “Matt has always been able to impact the game in more than one way," Caniford said. “He was talented as a receiver, but his punt returns were huge and he played nickleback on defense. He's worked extremely hard and gets the opportunity to go to a great institution that happens to be really good in football. It’s a perfect fit for him.” Schmid’s impact as a punt returner was never more evident than in New Braunfels district game against San Antonio Wagner last season. The Unicom senior had punt returns of 46, 43 and 40 yards against the T’Birds, while setting up New Braunfels’ game-winning touchdown with a back-breaking punt return. NTt!^Q yall?V ' S n LaCh L u/ a 2 na ' 5 eat 1 d and Rion signed on the dotted line and made their college choices durinq 8 ^ 6 '^ 09 qfm Hn ! 9m £? P 8 / 0r ] w e dnesda y- Labanna signed with the University of the Incarnate Word, while Rion switched his chofce from Sam Houston State to play for coach Larry Coker at UTSA. Seated from left: Lach Labanna Payton R on- Stand no from leffiJasnn and Renee Labanna, coach Larry Hill, Becki and Dennis Rion, and Madison Rion standing trom left. Jason RANGERS MOVING ON Smithson Valley s Labanna, Rion ink scholarships during National Signing Day LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels' Matt Schmid, seated center, will take his talents to Golden, Colo, and play for the Colorado School of Mines. Seated from left: Darryl Schmid, Matt Schmid, Gina Schmid; Standing from left: Coach and cousin Andy Schmid, coach Victor Sierra, Bradley Schmid, coach Chuck Caniford ► NATIONAL SIGNING DAY TEXAS STATE BOBCATS Franchione introduces 1st Texas State recruiting class Special to Herald-Zeitung SAN MARCOS — For new Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione, time was of the essence. Franchione returned to Texas State and assumed the helm of the Bobcat football program on January 7, and was on the recruiting trail six days later. “I have been through some transitions before, but this may have been the shortest amount of time to recruit with which I have ever been involved,” Franchione said. “We had six Fr «nchione days or three weekends for official visits, and spent 11 actual days on the road recruidng. What helped was having some real positives with which to work. “Obviously, Texas State is a good product. The move to the FBS, the affiliation with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), and the upgrade in facilities are all positives for us to sell. However, with that being said, I am anxious to have a full year to recruit and looking forward to being a full-fledged FBS member in the WAC next year when recruiting.” See BOBCATS, Page 8 By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung SPRING BRANCH — Payton Rion thought he had his college decision behind him. The Smithson Valley offensive lineman had verbally committed to Sam Houston State, but a phone call from an unsuspecting source put those recruiting wheels back in motion. Rion got a call last Thursday from UTSA offensive coordinator Travis Bush with an offer he couldn’t refuse: Come play football for the Roadrunners. “Coach Bush called me and said they were interested in me,” Rion said. “I went for a visit and knew right then that I wanted to play for Coach (Larry) Coker and UTSA. The hardest part about making my decision was calling Sam Houston and telling them of my switch to UTSA, but I feel that I made the right choice. They are building something special over at UTSA." Rion began his career as a defensive end before transferring from Bracken Christian Academy to Smithson Valley during his sophomore year. That transfer also paved the way for his switch from defense to the offensive line where the Ranger senior was named a 2010 Class 4A All-State honorable mention and was a unanimous first-team All-District 27-4A selection. Rion averaged more than three pancake blocks per game and 75 percent of Smithson Valley’s rushing yards came with him leading the way. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman is now headed to the next level and becoming a part of the inaugural UTSA football team that begins play in the fall. “A big selling point for me was having a chance to be on the first football team at UTSA,” Rion said. “That is something that is in the history books, and something I can tell my kids that I was a part of that first team. “It is a tough process. Picking a college is not an easy thing, especially since this decision will impact you for the rest of your life." Smithson Valley running back Lach Labanna breathed a sigh of relief that signing day was finally here and gone. Labanna took his time to weigh his college choices before finally See SVHS, Page 8 2011 TEXAS STATE SIGNINGS Justin Bean, wr, 6-2,197, Itawamba (Miss.) CC Jackson Costello, ol, 6-4,293, College Park HS, The Woodlands Zach Crawford, ol, 6-2,280, Westwood HS, Austin JerBmy Dickey, dl, 6-0,195, Tarteton State Kyle Doll, te, 6-5,220, Blinn College Anthony Evans, ol, 6-1,285, Cooper HS, Abilene Matt Freeman, ol, 6-2,264, Cooper HS, Abilene Tim Gay, rb, 5*11,185, Chavez HS, Houston Chase Harper, te, 6-5,260, Navarro College Darius Hood, dl, 6-0,280, Plano East HS, Plano Stephan Jacobs, ol, 6-3,264, Nimitz HS Houston Will Johnson, p/k, 6-3,192, Rudder HS, Bryan Samuel Mayes, dl, 6-0,275, Dekaney HS Josh Medford, db, 6-0,184, West Rusk HS, New London Brad Miller, wr, 6-5,220, New Mexico David Mims II, db, 5-10,175, Daingerfield HS Chris Nutall, rb, 5-8,185, A&M Consolidated HS, College Station Tylond Robertson, de/tB, 6-3,235, Hempstead HS Joshua 'E Robinson, lb, 5-11,235, Cooper HS, Abilene Shaun Rutherford, wr/qb, 6-0,192, BHnn College Jarvis Walker, db, 6-2,212, Kentucky Keishe Wilcox, dl/lb, 8-2,215, Clear Springs HS, League City The Steele players pose for Rhotos during ational Signing Day on Wednesday. From left, Shane Huhn (UTEP), Kwame Clark (SFA), Blake Gardner (Central Arkansas), Malcolm Brown (Texas), Alex Lincoln (North Texas) and Taurean Anderson (Central Arkansas). Photo submitted Steele, Clemens have plenty of football talent advancing to the college level From staff reports SCHERTZ—Cibolo Steele’s star running back Malcolm Brown had a few national recruiting analysts wondering if the senior might change his mind on his college choice. Brown didn’t’ waver, as he donned the Texas Longhorn cap and Texas hoodie—a sign that he’s staying put with Mack Brown and Texas. Ten other athletes from the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD signed Wednesday with the college of their choice to play football as part of National Signing Day. Defensive backs Taurean Anderson (Central Arkansas), Kwame Clark (Stephen F. Austin), Shane Hune (UTEP), wideout Blake Gardner (Central Arkansas) and defensive lineman Alex Lincoln (North Texas) were part of the Knights Class 5A state championship team who signed their nation al letters of intent. Defensive tackle Marquis Anderson signed previously with Oklahoma, and is already attending classes at OU, while linebacker Ryan Simmons signed earlier with Oklahoma State, but was unavailable to attend the event. Schertz Clemens had defensive back Joseph Lizcano sign with UTSA, Horace Hayes with Incarnate Word and Dyland Walker choosing Eastern New Mexico.