Lamar's Brown flips commitment; signs with Texas A&M

Nearly 80 Arlington ISD student-athletes signed letters of intent to universities and colleges around the country

  • Lamar defensive tackle Bobby Brown Jr. [29] changed his mind at the last moment and signed with Texas A&M instead of staying with his oral commitment to Alabama. (Photo: LamarVikings.com)
    Lamar defensive tackle Bobby Brown Jr. [29] changed his mind at the last moment and signed with Texas A&M instead of staying with his oral commitment to Alabama. (Photo: LamarVikings.com)
  • The list of Arlington ISD signees from Wednesday's National Signing Day. (Photo: Arlington ISD)
    The list of Arlington ISD signees from Wednesday's National Signing Day. (Photo: Arlington ISD)
  • The list of Arlington ISD signees from Wednesday's National Signing Day. (Photo: Arlington ISD)
    The list of Arlington ISD signees from Wednesday's National Signing Day. (Photo: Arlington ISD)
Charles Swanigon

Nearly 80 student-athletes from all six Arlington high schools signed letters to participate in college athletics in nine different sports, Wednesday.

But one, in particular, raised eyebrows across the Southeastern Conference.

Lamar defensive tackle Bobby Brown Jr., who was expected to sign with newly crowned national champion Alabama, flipped his commitment instead and inked his name with Texas A&M.

It brought an end to a two-month roller coaster ride for the former Vikings standout.

Brown had initially orally committed to Texas A&M in December, but changed his mind a month later and pledged his intent to Alabama. With signing day looming, Brown had a change of heart and reverted back to the Aggies.

“I finally decided where I wanted to be for the next four years,” Brown told the Dallas Morning News.  “I made a lifetime decision instead of a four-year decision.”

Football led all sports with 41 signees, with Martin leading all football teams with 14 players committing to play for colleges.

Martin quarterback Juma Otoviano, one of the most sought-after players in the state, signed to play with Rice, while Brayden Willis signed with the University of Oklahoma, Spencer Trussell signed to play at Kansas State and Sorrell Brown signed with Tulane.

One of the more notable commitments from Seguin was Madison Ridgeway, who was afforded an appointment to the Air Force Academy to play football.

In addition, Seguin’s Terrell Haynes committed to UT San Antonio, and Tarleton State received commitments from DeShawn Baker and Nolan Daggs.

Arlington High had one NCAA Division I signee as Xzavier Guyton signed with New Mexico State, and NCAA Division II national runner-up University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton inked two Sam Houston players, Robert Brown and Trey Flood-Hensley.

This was the first school year where there were two signing periods for football.

Among other notable athletic signees, Seguin’s Robert Teer Jr. signed a letter of intent to run track at Texas Tech, and UT Arlington golf coach Stuart Deane secured Lamar golfer Caleb Hicks’ signature.

In all, baseball followed football with 11 signees, including nine from Martin. Volleyball had four athletes sign letters, track and field had three, softball, basketball and soccer had two, and wrestling had one.

Student-athletes can still sign with schools after Wednesday’s signing day and every sport has its own signing period. Many athletes may have offers from colleges, but choose not to sign with a school because their scholarships are dependent on admittance into school.