Austin Lopez Realizes a Dream Come True
It's not often these days when a prospective student-athlete says his dream has always been to play for the San Jose State football team. It's practically unheard of to hear those words from a player who lives in Texas. However, that's just how it is for kicker Austin Lopez of Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, who committed to the Spartans on Weds.
"I've always wanted to play for San Jose State," Lopez said. "I spent about five years as a kid in Fremont, and loved them then."
Lopez said he visited the SJSU campus last summer to attend one of their camps, and was excited when head coach Mike MacIntyre starting showing serious interest.
"They'd kept in touch through the year," he said. "But on Monday Coach Mac came to my house and offered me. He told me it was between me and another kicker, so on Wednesday I committed."
Trinity is a Texas high school powerhouse. The Trojans play at the top-level Class 5A, and are often deep into postseason play every season, winning state titles as recently as 2007 and 2009.
The 6-foot-0, 16-pound Lopez has a career long field goal of 49 yards, according to his website. With a 3.3 grade-point-average he is fully qualified. He said his desire is to major in business.
Lopez will be taking his official visit to San Jose State this weekend. He said he had an offer from Stephen F. Austin University, and that several schools had asked him to walk-on.
For his senior campaign, Lopez was 8 of 11 on field goals, and 55 of 59 on PATs. His 79 total points on the season were the second-most for the Trojans, according to his position coach, Jason Dibble.
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