Stephenville High School three-point standout Blake Aragon is officially on his way to the college ranks, and his Yellow Jacket head coach said his potential is “out of this world.”
Aragon signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday morning to accept a full scholarship to play football at Texas State University, an NCAA Division I school in San Marcos.
Aragon, a 6-5, 207-pound athlete, also stars in basketball and track and field for the Yellow Jackets. He won the Class 4A boys high jump state championship last spring.
He was the leading receiver on the 2017 SHS football squad with 52 catches for 924 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Greg Winder, his head coach in football, said that once he gets involved in the college program focusing on only one sport and with a more controlled environment, he should be able to expand his physical attributes to an even greater extent.
“I think he has all the potential in the world,” Winder said. “The thing about Blake is, once he gets to college, he’s going to gain weight and get a lot stronger. He’ll get some rest and eat three solid meals a day, and he’s going to put on a lot of muscle. The university will make sure you eat right.”
Aragon didn’t have quite as much of a football background as some seniors. Winder noted that he didn’t play football in junior high, and missed most of his junior season because of a broken ankle. That injury forced him to miss the last seven games of the 2016 football campaign.
“He came on last spring and really matured as a young man,” Winder said. “I think he’s got great potential.”
Aragon visited the campus in San Marcos twice last summer, and was sold. He was offered a full ride on scholarship, and didn’t hesitate to take advantage of the opportunity during the early signing period for seniors.
“They made it feel like home the whole time I was there,” Aragon said. “I even knew before I got the offer that was the place I wanted to go.
“It’s amazing. It’s what I’ve been working for since I can remember. I’m extremely happy.”
Being the defending Class 4A state champion in high jump might make it tempting for Aragon to continue his track and field career at the collegiate level as well, but Aragon said he’s not planning on that and will likely focus strictly on football.
Aragon said that winning that high jump title helped improve his own confidence in what he could do.
“It really opened my eyes to the type of skill I have,” Aragon said, noting that he was only 5 feet, 10 inches tall as a freshman.
Texas State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, had a 2-10 season record in 2017 in their second season under head coach Everett Withers. The Bobcats were 1-7 in conference play.
On their 2017 roster, the Bobcats listed 14 wide receivers. Two of them are seniors and five are juniors.
“They told me that, as far as my size, that’s what they are looking for — guys with length and speed,” said Aragon, whose major is undecided. “I’m planning on not redshirting, and on playing as a true freshman. Their defense is really solid, and the offense is what they are trying to build on.”