Brownwood Lion senior Blaize Infinger signed paperwork Thursday afternoon to become a preferred walk-on for the NCAA Division II Angelo State University football program.
“I've been really wanting to go to Angelo even if I didn't play football,” Infinger said. “After talking with the coaches, even though I didn't earn a scholarship right away, they told me there's a good chance earning one by working very hard. And I didn't want anything handed to me, I want to earn everything I do.
“With the atmosphere there, being on campus, meeting the coaches — I love my position coach — and that made a real big difference in deciding where to go. I want to play at the highest level I can.”
Brownwood offensive line coach Brad Bowden said, “Blaize has been a very consistent and hard worker for us. It's a tremendous honor and opportunity being invited to compete at Angelo State. I feel confident he'll go down there and represent us well and we just want to say congratulations to him and recognize his achievement.
Infinger chose Angelo State despite receiving interest from Hardin-Simmons, Wayland Baptist and Howard Payne.
“I thought about going to Wayland Baptistt with the other guys, Tristin (Revada) and Gavin (Jefferson), and Howard Payne has a great staff, but I feel like my best way to grow and develop as a man is to go off and get away from all my safety nets.”
Infinger, a three-year member of the varsity roster, was a second-team all-district selection along the offensive line as a senior, as Brownwood averaged 38 points and 401 yards — 214 passing and 187 rushing — per game. As a junior, Infinger was a first-team all-district choice on an offensive line that paved the way for 35 points and 338 yards — 181 rushing and 157 passing — per outing.
What position Infinger will play at Angelo State is yet to be determined.
“Being a faster, lighter offensive lineman, they told me to be ready to adapt and change to different positions,” Infinger said. “They told me I could play anywhere on the line, there may be a tight end spot and if my body develops and I get faster I could rotate in at defensive end. If on the scout team I can play well in multiple different spots my chances are way higher.”
In the classroom, Infinger intends to pursue a degree in finance.
“I just want to a get a business degree,” Infinger said. “A lot of them overlap, but I feel like finance would overall prepare me for the real world as well as give me a good understanding of how modern day business works.”
Reflecting on his high school career, Infinger recalled his sophomore season — Brownwood's run to regional championship game in 2015 — as his favorite.
“My sophomore year was one of the most fun years ever,” Infinger said. “The first time to fully get to experience what it's like to be a Brownwood Lion was great for me. I heard all about it growing up with my dad graduating from here. The guys took me under their wings and I'm getting to go play with one of them there at Angelo, Clayton Hagey. I'm excited to continue to grow with him because it started with him, too.”