Barbers Hill linebacker Cavin Branin celebrates signing his National Letter of Intent with Eagles defensive coordinator Danny Cowgill. (submitted photo by Cliff Branin)

Barbers Hill Eagle linebacker Cavin Branin is taking his winning ways to another program which knows a thing or two about collecting massive victories.

Branin, who graduates this spring, will move on to play for Texas A&M-Commerce after signing his National Letter of Intent at Barbers Hill.

The Lions have gone 35-7 over the past three seasons and captured the 2017 NCAA Division II national championship. This past fall, Commerce finished 11-3 and advanced to the national quarterfinals with a regional final loss to Minnesota State.

“It is a great university and I really felt a connection with the staff during my meetings and visit,” Branin said. “I have also had family that attended there and provided good feedback. And let’s not forget, they have a very successful football program. 

I am very excited and just hoping I can help continue their tradition of winning. I can’t wait to be a part of the Lions.”

There is a chance the Lions feel the same way about Branin who was named the District 21-5A Defensive Player of the Year and played a big part in the Eagles defensive play en route to the district championship.

Barbers Hill advanced to its first regional semifinal spot as a Class 5A program, losing to Manvel in the process.

All the while, Branin was trying to figure out his future. 

“It was pretty stressful through a lot of the process,” he said. “Several schools are contacting you, the visits, while trying to decide where I would get the best opportunity for my education and to play at the next level.”

In a few months he leaves Mont Belvieu for a new destination and more journeys.

“Barbers Hill is home and always will be,” he said. “I have great friends and memories.  Many teachers and coaches have help me get where I am and helped  me be the student and successful athlete I am. I’ll definitely try and get down to see some games when I can. Hope they build on our success in 2019.”

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