I've been reporting on recruiting for one source or another for nearly 25 years and I've never talked to a prospect from a District 32 in Texas. Having played high school football in Texas, I've known that the highest classes in the state have 32 districts. Now I can say I have interviewed a player from Class 4A District 32 in Alex Villareal, an All-District defensive tackle from Hidalgo.
The word on the internet was that he had de-committed from Houston where he visited on Dec. 10 and committed to Oklahoma State where he visited this past weekend. As ESPN GameDay's and former college head coach Lee Corso would say, "not so fast my friend."
"It went pretty good," said Villareal of his visit. "I liked everything about Oklahoma State and it was pretty cool."
All that sounds good but Villareal said he has to talk to his family. Hidalgo is in District 32 because it is right on the border of Texas and Mexico further south from Edinburg, Texas.
Having been to Hidalgo and broadcast arena football games from the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, literally yards from the border, I asked Villareal about how things are going. Well, for one thing he told me the Dodge Arena is now the State Farm Arena. Things do change.
He also told us that he would let us know if anything changed with him.