Massive offensive line prospect David Anzaldua said he first heard from UTSA coaches two years ago when he was a sophomore at Edinburg North High School. A year later, UTSA assistant Polo Gutierrez was the first recruiter to travel to the Rio Grande Valley to offer him a football scholarship. Other schools — notably Houston, UTEP and SMU — entered the picture later. But in the end, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound senior tackle committed to the Roadrunners last month. Anzaldua says he hasn't wavered and plans to sign with UTSA next week. In an interview last week, the 17-year-old Anzaldua mentioned a parallel between what UTSA has done as a football program and how it compares to his own ambitions in athletics. “They told me they started with just a football, and then from there it progressed into a winning season, and then (they moved) up in conferences and stuff,” he said. “That inspired me a lot. It started with just a football — to what they are now. I can start as a Valley kid and work my way up.” Edinburg North rushed for 3,600 yards in 13 games last year, much of it behind Anzaldua's large frame, in a run to the third round of the Class 5A playoffs. “David's a great kid,” Edinburg North coach Roy Garza said. “He never misses practice, and in all the years he's been with us, he's been a leader, really, since he was a sophomore — the anchor of our line.” He played football last fall with an eye on track this spring after an exhausting overlapping schedule of football, basketball, track and baseball in previous years.
'Valley kid' energized by UTSA's rise
San Antonio Express-News | Jan 28