It was a special and emotional day at Chapin High School in Northeast El Paso on National Signing Day where three Huskies signed with Division I football programs.
Defensive back Will Williams signed to play college ball in the Big 12 at Baylor. Defensive lineman Lama Lavea signed to New Mexico State and wide receiver Quintavius Workman inked with UTEP.
Williams was joined by family and friends all proud of the newest Baylor Bear.
Baylor began having interest in Williams towards the end of his sophomore year into the start of his junior season. The linebacker totaled 97 tackles this season and tallied five tackles for a loss. He told KTSM Sports he chose Baylor because they continued to show interest in what he has to offer.
“Baylor was actually the first one to notice my skills and really pick me up when no one else did,” Williams said. “To me this means that all my hard work paid off and just try not to get too big-headed about it.”
Williams said all his hard work with his teammates and in the weightroom paid off. He hopes to debut his college ball play this upcoming fall.
Head coach Doug Martin over at New Mexico State will be excited to add Lama Lavea to the football program.
Lavea finished his final season at Chapin totaling 107 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He tolds KTSM SPorts why he choose to stay close to home.
“The competition, to finally go against people like myself that not every game is going to be easy and not everybody is the same, not everyone is at the same level as you are,” Lavea said.
He called this a blessing, saying he is hopeful to play this fall and make an impact in the program.
Workman, who first joined the Huskies after moving from North Carolina, decided to stay in the Borderland for his collegiate play. The wide receiver hopes to add a strong presence to the Miners’ offense.
Workman caught 32 passes for 503 yards his senior year at Chapin. He said he chose UTEP because he wanted to stay close to home.
“We’re having a good recruiting class and I think we’re going to change the program around a lot,” Workman said. “It means a lot knowing that I have another chance to keep playing a sport I love, not a lot of people get that chance.”
Workman and Lavea are also excited to go from former teammates to facing off against each other at the Battle of I-10 when UTEP and NM State play each other this season.
“We can’t wait to see, because it’s a new system, coach Dimmel just came in, a new coaching staff so knowing that it’s a whole different envieronment to go against each other,” Workman said.
“I’m pretty psyched out about it, it’s going to be fun to play against your own high school teammate at a different and higger level,” Lavea said.
Also signing today at Chapin was Julian Lopez, a tight end, with UTEP as a preferred walk-on. His was announced earlier in the day by UTEP.