Four Big Country student-athletes make collegiate commitments on Wednesday


ABILENE, TX - The second wave of high school signings continued this Wednesday.


Clyde High School sends one of its own out east as she wraps up another impressive track and field career.

This morning, district 5-3A discus champion Ashlynn Smart inked her commitment to the University of North Texas, where she will continue not only a stellar track and field career, but an academic one too.

Smart was joined by her parents, which includes head football coach and Clyde Athletic Director Rocky Smart.

Ashlynn plans on studying biology and go into pre-med with hopes to get into neurology post-graduation.

And although she still has work to do on the field with regionals rapidly approaching, it's a relief to have this process over.

"I know I was just trying to squeeze a visit in whenever I could because this is really the busiest time of the year for me," said Smart after signing on Wednesday. "And when I had the opportunity to throw at this level, I decided that this is what I wanted to do."


Also inking names to commitments, a dynamic duo from Brownwood.

Grant Fanara and Blaine Hughes became the latest to announce their collegiate sports plans today.

Fanara will play baseball at Midland College next year, and is currently batting .458 with 13 RBIs, nine doubles and 17 runs scored as the Lions sit comfortably in 2 nd place in the district.

For Hughes, the Lions WR will play football at Navaro College in 2017, after being a 5-4A second-team all-district football selection. Hughes recorded 13 catches for 290 yards and 2 TD's in his senior season, while also receiving district honorable mention at cornerback with 51 tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery.


And rounding out a busy day, Zane Brooks continues his hot streak.

A few days after clinching district 5-3A golf title with a 54 hole score of 151, Brooks announced he will be attending Prairie View A&M next fall to continue his golf and academic career.

Brooks qualified for regionals as he looks to make a return trip to UIL State later this month.

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