Andrew Madrid could have gotten a football scholarship at a Division 2 school, but wanted to have a shot at Division 1 football, so he’s planning to walk on at the University of New Mexico, the El Paso Times reported today on its Web site.
Madrid, a 5 feet 9 inch, 220-pound running back, was a star player at El Paso’s Americas High School, racking up 1,465 yards and 13 touchdowns on 233 carries last season, the Times reported.
But he’ll be going to UNM this fall on an academic scholarship — with a 1,400 score on his SATs — in hopes of getting a football scholarship, according to the Times.
Madrid told the Times he visited UNM with a friend during his senior year and liked what he saw.
"I liked the whole atmosphere really," Madrid told the Times. "They pretty much run the same offense we were running at Americas."
Americas head coach Rick Miller told the paper that Madrid is a dream player.
"Andrew is the kind of football player a coach loves having around," Miller said. "He’ll do anything a coach asks him to do."