WHITEHOUSE — Texas-San Antonio is a fairly new football program.
The Roadrunners had their first season in 2011.
On Wednesday, UTSA added a preferred walk-on in the form of Whitehouse safety/linebacker Chaez Spurlock.
Spurlock wasn’t the only Whitehouse athlete to sign on Wednesday. Soccer player Lauren Tipton also finalized her collegiate future as she signed with LSU-Shreveport, which is an even newer program having just completed its second season.
Spurlock chose UTSA over Texas State because he likes the Roadrunners’ 4-2-5 defense.
“It seemed like a good fit for me,” Spurlock said. “I’m excited for the new opportunity and to represent Whitehouse High School.”
Spurlock had 76 tackles, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, five pass breakups and one forced fumble as a senior. He was a first-team All-District linebacker and a second-team Academic All-State selection.
“They’re getting an incredible young man, somebody who is going to have an unbelievable work ethic,” Whitehouse head football coach Marcus Gold said. “He has all of the intangibles. They’re getting a free player that is unbelievable. As a former walk-on myself, I know the grind is going to be unbelievably hard, but somebody like Chaez is going to be able to stick it through and get it done.”
Spurlock said he wants to major in kinesiology.
Tipton said she was drawn to LSU-Shreveport because of the atmosphere.
“Everyone was really welcoming when I attended one of the camps,” she said. “I just really liked it there.
“Playing college soccer has been a dream of mine since I started playing, so I’m really excited.”
Tipton is a four-year varsity player who was an all-district selection as a senior.
“Lauren is a workhorse,” Whitehouse girls soccer coach Wendy Knight said. “She comes in every day and is going to put in 110 percent. She’s super coachable. She’s going to give whatever she has to whatever you ask her to do. She has phenomenal touch, and she’s very physical.
“They’re getting a really good soccer player. I think she is going to be a really good asset to their program.”
Tipton also plans to major in kinesiology.