Tristin Revada is the latest in a long line of Brownwood Lions to be continuing his football career at the collegiate level, signing a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play for the NAIA Wayland Baptist Pioneers.
“I'm excited to play next level college football and I'm excited to go to Wayland Baptist,” Revada said following Wednesday's signing ceremony at Warren Gym. “They were my first offer, showed me a lot of attention and were very welcoming.”
Revada stated he also received late interest from a pair of Kansas schools, but “I wanted to stay in Texas.”
Revada was a second-team All-District 3-4A Division I selection in the secondary as a senior, recording 40 tackles, a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery.
“Any time you get to play at the next level, and any time you can take a part of Brownwood with you somewhere else add make it better, it means a lot, “ Lions defensive coordinator Sam Gillispie said during the signing ceremony. “This couldn't happen to a better guy. You've made great, great strides the last two years and have grown up a lot. You did a great job for us.”
Revada echoed Gillispie's statements regarding his maturity as a player.
“I struggled my junior year and made a lot of selfish decisions, but I came back my senior year and showed what I was made of,” Revada said.
At Wayland, Revada will likely remain in the secondary, though which position is still up in the air.
“They talked about corner and safety but they like the way I play safety,” Revada said. “They say they like the way I come down hill so I think they're going to leave me there.”
Wayland Baptist, located in Plainview, is a member of the Central States Football League in the NAIA ranks. The Pioneers resurrected their football program in 2012 and are 17-43 in that span. Wayland Baptist posted a 7-3 record in 2016, but went 0-10 in 2017. The Pioneers compete in conference against Southwestern Assemblies of God, Oklahoma Panhandle State, Langston, Lyon College, Bacone College, Texas College, Texas Wesleyan, Ottawa University in Arizona and Arizona Christian.
As for his college plans, Revada said, “It'd be nice to go to Wayland, play two years and then my goal is to transfer to Tech. Hopefully that works out.”