Tate Bartlett signed his Letter of Intent Wednesday to play football for West Texas A&M. He played on both offense and defense as a starter since his freshman year for the Smyer Bobcats.
The 265-pound lineman says he liked the idea of playing for a contender in Division II.
"That is a big deal to me," said the Smyer product. "That sold me on them - the fact they are a powerhouse and such a big name in Division II."
"I knew I'd be riding the bench at a Division I, so maybe if I can go [to West Texas A&M] and make a good impression on them...maybe I can end up doing something good."
His football coach agrees, after seeing Bartlett become such an integral part of the Bobcat team the past four years.
"He's been very valuable to us," said head coach Rick Price. "He's strong, he works hard in the weight room, and he can move."
Price also noticed that WT coaches become more enticed with the dually-talented athlete when they saw Bartlett's basketball film; noting Buffalo coaches liked Bartlett's mobility for a lineman his size.