Big Country Athletes Make College Decisions

By David Robinett |, Brad Cesak |

Published 02/05 2014 08:55PM

Updated 02/05 2014 10:41PM

3 Big Country athletes outside the Abilene city limits signed with NCAA Division I schools.

Stamford's James Washington signed his National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State. Washington is the Texas Football Player of the Year for Class A, and he helped lead Stamford to back to back state championships.

James Washington said, "It's an honor first of all, and I owe most of my success to my coaches and family and friends, and anyone who's helped me throughout my journey in high school. I'm very excited. I mean I've liked Oklahoma State for a long time. It's like a dream come true to become a Cowboy."

The Texas Tech Red Raiders found Mason Reed in Cisco. The Loboes running back, who was a 3-year starter for for Cisco and help them to a state title last year, goes to Lubbock as a preferred walk-on.

"When I went up there I really appreciated those coaches. They seemed like they were good coaches. I've heard a lot of good things about them. There a new coaching staff, and they're really turning the program around. I just felt a connection them that I really liked," said Mason Reed.

Munday's LJ Collier switched his commitment during the recruiting process from Texas Tech to Texas Christian University. He signed the dotted line to play for the Horned Frogs on Wednesday.

Former Wylie Bulldog offensive and defensive lineman Christian Gauch is going to play his college football in NCAA Division II. He signed his letter of intent with Angelo State, and Gauch is excited about getting his career started in the Concho Valley.

"It feels great to finally officially sign with Angelo, and get to know that I get to pressure my career in football and go get my college degree. Just to get that experience, and that I get to continue to play football," said Christian Gauch.

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