Bearden to Stephen F. Austin

Stephen F. Austin is known for its explosive offense and the FCS program ensured its offense of the future by landing a commitment this week from WR/RB Braxton Bearden of Newman Smith HS.

"I like the offense at SFA and the environment and education there," said Braxton Bearden. "I committed to them on Wednesday. It came down to them and Southern Illinois. Coaches from both programs were at my school on Wednesday.

"SFA went 9-3 last year, they're back-to-back conference champions, and they had the No. 1 passing offense in the nation. They're going to use me the same way Newman Smith did in high school: I'll play slot receiver and then move to running back sometimes, especially in a two-back set."

In 2010, Bearden led the Trojans to the third-round of the Texas Class 4A Division I playoffs. The Carrollton-based school went 5-5 in the regular season but turned it on in the postseason, knocking Rockwall and Dallas Carter out of the playoffs.

"We went through some adversity where we lost players here and there during the regular season," said Bearden. "In the playoffs, though, everyone got on the right page."

Bearden ran for 936 yards on 103 carries with 11 touchdowns and caught 54 passes for 739 yards with 9 TDs. He decimated an outmanned Frisco team, ringing up 238 rushing yards and 2 TDs on only 6 attempts (just under 40 yards per carry).

In the last game of the year, a 45-34 third-round loss to (Tyler) John Tyler, Bearden caught 6 passes for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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