It ended up being a no-brainer decision for Tayvion Haggerty.
The Sterling High School senior finished off his high school football career with the Rangers last fall and hoped for a chance to continue his career collegiately.
He found that place with Football Championship Series (FCS) program Prairie View A&M and Haggerty will sign with the Panthers on Wednesday, Feb. 5 when National Signing Day commences.
Haggerty announced his commitment on Feb. 18.
“It will be able to support my major and if I continue the way I am playing now I could play my sophomore year, maybe even my freshman year,” Haggerty said.
Prairie View had been contacted by a now-former coach there and on his way out, left a recommendation of Haggerty with the current staff.
“I feel like I knew everyone when I went on my visit; it was a welcoming experience,” Haggerty said. “They aren’t sure where I’ll play yet, but they will play me at safety and maybe move me to linebacker if I gain any more weight.”
Haggerty played strong safety, inside and outside linebacker and cornerback for the Rangers who finished 1-9 last season and struggled during his four years there. Yet the future Panther was pleased with the memories he created.
“It definitely brought out how much I loved the sport because I would have quit after the first two or three losses,” he said. “It’s about your character as well. You lose more than you win and you have to learn how to handle that. I am a really emotional player, but over the course of the season I learned to calm myself down and learn the sport. I still have a lot to learn.
“But I learned to never give up and believing in teammates. I love everybody on the (Sterling) team.”
He goes to Prairie View which had a successful decade with only three losing seasons – the worst being 3-8 in 2012 – and comes off a 6-5 campaign.
Next year they travel for big contests against bigger schools Texas Christian and Louisiana Tech.
“I’ve been on the field with North Shore so I am not afraid of anybody, but it is going to be different,” Haggerty said. “Going to a different state to play is going to challenge me. Going to a somewhat decent program is going to be great.”
Haggerty will study aerospace engineering when he gets to Prairie View, who he chose over Texas Southern, Missouri Baptist and Southern Nazarene.
“I have always been fascinated with aircraft and my dad used to work with that and he told me how much they can make so I was like ‘I am going to do that,’” Haggerty said. “It’s about the coolness and the money.”