(Spring Branch, TX) – by Brant Freeman
Another Smithson Valley quarterback is heading to the ranks of Division I football.
Following in the footsteps of former Ranger quarterbacks Bryan Hill (Houston, Texas State), Parker McKenzie (Abilene Christian) and Garrett Smith (ULM), current Smithson Valley signal caller Josh Adkins is D-I bound, verbally committing to play at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.
“Besides the fact that the campus and facilities were incredible, the coaching staff [at NMSU] reminded me a lot of our great coaches at Smithson Valley,” Adkins said.
As a junior at Smithson Valley last season, Adkins threw for a program record 2,985 yards to go along with 28 touchdown passes (tying a program record) compared to just eight interceptions. A duel-threat quarterback, Adkins also had a team-leading 15 rushing touchdowns last season. His career totals of 4,690 passing yards, 44 touchdown passes and 24 rushing touchdowns rank 1st, 2nd and 2nd respectively among quarterbacks in program history.
“Smithson Valley has definitely spoiled me, and the coaching staff was a huge part of my decision to commit to NMSU,” Adkins said. “Along with that, comes the opportunity to compete and potentially play early [in my career] and help turn around the program for the better.”
Adkins will be joining a New Mexico State football program that is currently a member of the Sun Belt Conference. However, the Aggies will leave the Sun Belt at the end of the 2017 season and become an FBS Independent program starting in 2018. NMSU finished 3-9 in its most recent season in 2015, finishing 5th place in the Sun Belt. New Mexico State is coached by Doug Martin, who is preparing for his 4th season as Aggie Head Coach.
“Playing at the highest level of college football in the FBS has always been a dream of mine” Adkins exclaimed on Monday shortly after pledging his commitment to New Mexico State. “[The Aggie] coaches have a great vision for the program’s future; [they’re] coaches that I can see myself enjoying playing for.”
Adkins still has one more season as quarterback for Smithson Valley before heading to Las Cruces. He and the Rangers are set to open the 2016 season against Pflugerville Hendrickson on August 26th at Ranger Stadium.