Alice High School senior Andres Barrios made football history when he signed a national letter with Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
According to the Alice High School athletic department, Barrios is the first Alice quarterback to commit to playing the position in the college level.
The Alice High School senior signed at a small ceremony Wednesday at Alice High School. Signing was the culmination of years of practice, sacrifice and even set backs, Barrios said.
“I appreciation everyone always being there for me,” Barrios said. “It’s been a tough journey, but the hard work paid off. I just thank my teammates, my coaches, my friends, my family and just everyone who stuck by my side and helped me out.”
Barrios had a handful of offers from around the state and elsewhere, but TAMUK offered the Alice High School senior a “preferred walk-on” status, which means Barrios will join the program in the fall without a tryout or without having to make the team.
The Alice High School quarterback had a breakout season this past fall. For the season, Barrios finished as the Coastal Bend’s top passer in Class 5A with 259 attempts and 139 completions for 1,877 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had two game-winning drives.
At 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, Barrios was the winner of the Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week award for the final week of the regular season. In Alice’s Week 11 game against Corpus Christi Moody, Barrios threw for eight touchdown passes and rushed for another to help the Coyotes to a 76-7 victory against Corpus Christi Moody in a District 30-5A interzone match-up Friday night in Memorial Stadium.
Barrios ended the game by completing 24 of 30 passes for 476 yards. He had completions to four different receivers, each of which finished the game with more than 100 yards in receiving.
Coach Damian Shipley, who was Alice’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach this season, said Barrios has everything he need to do well at a program like Kingsville’s.
“He just did an amazing job,” Shipley said. “This young man works hard, attends camps over the summer, does 7-on-7. He’s played quarterback for a very, very long time, and he has all the skills and tools to be successful in the next level and it shows.
“We’re very proud of Andres. This is a big deal. It’s everybody’s dream that enters high school to play at the next level, and he’s going to get that chance starting next year.”