Top Quarterback to Play… Baseball?

All-District Football MVP commits to Play Baseball at Texas State University

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Top Quarterback to Play… Baseball?

Awaiting the ball, junior Ryder Hernandez gets set for a pitch. Recently,  Hernandez committed to continue his baseball career at Texas State University. “Texas State gave me an opportunity and they were the first school to do that for me. I felt that [Texas State was] a great fit, so I gave them my commitment now and not have to go through the recruiting process for another year.”

Awaiting the ball, junior Ryder Hernandez gets set for a pitch. Recently, Hernandez committed to continue his baseball career at Texas State University. “Texas State gave me an opportunity and they were the first school to do that for me. I felt that [Texas State was] a great fit, so I gave them my commitment now and not have to go through the recruiting process for another year.”

Graphic by Noah Hedges

Awaiting the ball, junior Ryder Hernandez gets set for a pitch. Recently, Hernandez committed to continue his baseball career at Texas State University. “Texas State gave me an opportunity and they were the first school to do that for me. I felt that [Texas State was] a great fit, so I gave them my commitment now and not have to go through the recruiting process for another year.”

Graphic by Noah Hedges

Graphic by Noah Hedges

Awaiting the ball, junior Ryder Hernandez gets set for a pitch. Recently, Hernandez committed to continue his baseball career at Texas State University. “Texas State gave me an opportunity and they were the first school to do that for me. I felt that [Texas State was] a great fit, so I gave them my commitment now and not have to go through the recruiting process for another year.”

Noah Hedges, Reporter

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Not many high school athletes get the chance to continue their respective sports careers, and for the ones that do, offers do not normally start to fuel up until after their senior season. For junior Ryder Hernandez, the wait is already over. Hernandez has committed to play baseball in college at Texas State University. 

 “Texas State gave me an opportunity and they were the first school to do that for me. I felt that [Texas State was] a great fit, so I gave them my commitment now and not have to go through the recruiting process for another year.”

Most recognize Hernandez’s name from Friday nights at Gupton, as he quarterbacks for the Timberwolves in the fall. He earned the District 11-5A All-District MVP and set many records while leading the team to the third round of playoffs.

“I didn’t receive any football offers, but multiple schools offered for me to play baseball,” Hernandez said. “Baseball is my passion and I want to move forward with that.”

Now that the football season is over, Hernandez has the time to improve his craft in the dirt between second and third base, as the varsity starting SS. With committing to play at Texas State before his senior season, a ton of work will be put in this season and next so his offer will stand and the coaches will not be disappointed.

“As I said before, [Texas State was] the first school to believe in me and want me to be in their program,” Hernandez said. “After visiting the campus and talking to the coaches there, it felt like a great fit.”

The reigning All-District MVP will be back in the fall of 2020 to keep playing football as well as he has since he threw his first touchdown pass as a freshman in the playoffs. He said that he plans to keep working hard in the off season and put up an even better senior season so his football career can end with a great season.

“Many people question if I’m going to play football next year,” Hernandez said. “All I tell them is that I’m just going to go out and play football just like I always have.”