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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.”