Seven Vandegrift athletes to continue careers in college


After starting as a quarterback, Davis Beal was asked to add long snapping to his repertoire because the motion is the same as throwing it over the top. 

Safe to say it’s worked out pretty well. 

Beal officially committed to play football at the University of Houston at a signing day ceremony on Tuesday morning, joining six other Vandegrift athletes in signing on to continue their athletic careers at the next level. 

“I’m just looking forward to getting down there this summer and start working out with the team and Coach Holgorsen,” Beal said. “The key is you’ve got to be fast and accurate with a good pop time.”

Ina Edstrom will compete in the pole vault at South Alabama, Adriana Santiago Guillen will play volleyball at Allen Community College, Addie Yeats will play beach volleyball at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Tyson Smith will play baseball t Texas Lutheran, Jake Miller will play baseball at Dodge City Community College and Cole McCue will play soccer at Concordia.

This is the fifth signing day of the school year at Vandegrift and nearly 30 athletes have committed to continue their careers in college.

After attending special teams camp and participating in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, Beal was weighing offers from other big schools such as Texas and Michigan.

“It’s something you’ve got to be patient with,” Beal said. “You’ve got to have faith that God is looking out for you and that he walloped and close doors that will put you in the right place.”

His senior season was a historic one for the Vipers, which went undefeated and won a district title for the first time in school history. They broke through to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since jumping to Class 6A. 

“I’ll remember playing with my friends and enjoying the game,” Beal said. “I loved every moment of it, whether it was playing quarterback or snapping. I just enjoyed practice and everybody you get out on the field with.”

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