HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - For athletes, the process of deciding where to go college is difficult. You have to find a program that fits you both athletically and academically. Huntsville High's Jalen Spady went through that process, but instead of choosing a home for the next four years, he decided to go home, signing with the University of Texas in El Paso.
"Honestly it's just a dream come true. Since I was about three I remember, I always said I wanted to sign on Signing Day to a D1 program, and now it's come true," Spady said. "I was born in El Paso, so it's my home city pretty much. It's always a school I have been considering and now I'm here."
UTEP is a school his dad, Alabama A&M Head Coach James Spady, is very familiar with. The elder Spady played center for the Miners in the mid 80's, and says it's a special feeling to know his son will get to play on the same field he did.
"When we were on his recruiting trip we walked out into the Sun Bowl, a path I have walked hundreds of times. We had a moment. I told him, I pulled him aside and said do you know how many times I have done this? He shared that moment with me, and his mom was there and it was really special."