Caddell named to Academic All-State Team
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 18, 2007 - COMO - Como-Pickton senior Reece Caddell has another award to his name as he was picked for the Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State team.

The teams are selected by a system that awards points for GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT score. The student athletes are then placed on teams based on the number of points they have earned, according to the Texas High School Coaches Association website.

Each student athletes must meet the following criteria to be nominated: overall GPA of 92 or above including grades 9-12 and the first six weeks of grade 12, be a member of the team in good standing at the time of nomination and be of good moral character.

Caddell said he has plans of attending either the University of North Texas, Texas A & M-Commerce or possibly Austin College in the fall to major in engineering.

He said with this honor it will boost his college applications as he has begun the process of sending them out.

"I think it will help me out a lot and show them that academics come first and I love to play football," Caddell said. "I want to be able to show them that I can do two things and be good in the classroom and on the football field.

"I haven't talked to anybody since I just found out a couple of weeks ago. I am just now turning in all of my applications to colleges and scholarships."

Former Eagles football coach Joe Ryzman said Caddell shows all areas of what the Academic All-State team is about and he is proud of the hard work he has shown during the high school career.

"For the four years that Reece has been with us, he has been outstanding in the classroom and been a great role model for our kids academically," Ryzman said. "He has been a great leader in athletics and the bottom line is Reece has all of the qualities that you would want in an athlete."

Caddell said he may try and play football in college at either Austin College or Texas A & M-Commerce but nothing is finalized at this time in regards to playing sports.

"Playing football will depend on the college that I go to," he said. "If I go to Austin College or Texas A & M-Commerce I will probably try and play football. If I go to UNT then I will just go for my basics."

Caddell said after receiving the award it shows the underclassman what they have to do if they want to get the academic award.

"It shows them what they have to do to be successful," Caddell said. "They have to try hard and do their best and if they do that then they can get the award just as easy as I could."

Caddell was also named First-Team All-District in 16-2A after an 0-10 football season last year.

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