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.”