Eagans graduates A&M and commits to East Central University

 

Leon ISD graduate Caleb Eagans graduated Texas A&M University in the Health and Kinesiology Program with his Bachelors of Science in University Studies Sports Conditioning with a Minor in Business Administration. He graduated with Latin Honors that requires an overall minimum GPA of at least a 3.5. The Health and Kinesiology Department had a separate awards banquet before graduation where Caleb was awarded a plaque for being one of the departments best students. Despite some hardships Eagans faced that was out of his control, he managed to excel at a prestigious University such as Texas A&M. Eagans has committed and will be attending East Central University on a football scholarship in Ada, Oklahoma. Al Johnson will be the new Head Coach at East Central who has had a career in the NFL playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, and the Miami Dolphins. He recently left his coaching job at the University of Wisconsin to become the Head Coach at East Central University. Johnson was a 2nd round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft to the Dallas Cowboys. Eagans said, “When I talked to him on the phone I could instantly tell he seemed genuine and he emphasized the word family. I remember Coach Johnson telling me to just be myself, and compete with myself each and everyday and everything else will take care of itself.” Among the schools that sparked interest, called and pursued Eagans in the recruiting process were Murray State, University of Tennessee, University of Houston, Mississippi Valley State, Central Oklahoma, Incarnate Word, TCU, Ferris State, Vanderbilt, Robert Morris, Illinois, Miami in Ohio, Alabama A&M, and Abilene Christian. Eagans took visits to some schools and some schools he did not for various reasons. “It was definitely a stressful process, I was in the midst of taking finals and graduation when I would be receiving calls from coaches. It was hard to decipher what would be the best place for me, and which schools could give me the best opportunity. I honestly just relied on my Faith and instincts. I did have some help from friends and family. East Central was actually one of the last schools I heard from, I did my research on the school and the staff and I could visualize me being there. Knowing I had a QB who could get me the ball and a Head Coach who’s played the game at the highest level as well as the community style there in Ada, I felt like that would be a great fit for me. It was definitely something I’ve prayed about and got a comfort feeling when imagining being there”, Eagans said.  Due to Caleb’s athletic ability and the way he’s carried himself off the field, he has already sparked interest from scouts, various reporters and athletic sites such as HeroSports and NFL Draft Diamonds. His vertical test, broad jump, and 40 time would have ranked him amongst the top 10 WR’s in the previous 2018 NFL Draft. In the 2017 NFL Draft, East Central University had a WR get drafted in the 7th round to the Seattle Seahawks by the name of David Moore who’s originally from Gainesville, Texas. Caleb said, “There’s a lot I still need to work on to improve my game, I’m ready to get to work and get settled in Oklahoma. Education is still a priority, no matter what happens getting my Master’s Degree within these next two years is a goal that will be achieved. I’ve learned over the years to block out the outside noise and just focus on what I need to do. I know when to lock in and get serious.” Eagans has already been in communication with the QB there at ECU who is a graduate transfer from the University of Alabama by the name of David Cornwell. David was a part of Alabama’s Championship teams with a pro-style frame at 6-5 227lbs. He was the back-up at one time at Alabama behind Texas native Jalen Hurts. Eagans currently at 5-9 176 lbs will be playing slot WR with punt and kickoff-return duties, he will have two years of eligibility left with a hardship waiver from the NCAA.

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