This past weekend was the NFL draft, and while no Lions got the call, 3 of them were either signed to Undrafted Free Agent Deals or were invited to Rookie Mini-Camps.
Luis Perez-Los Angeles Rams (Mini-Camp Invite)
Jared Machorro-Indianapolis Colts (Mini-Camp Invite)
Yusef Sterling-Lowe-Arizona Cardinals (Mini-Camp Invite)
To provide some context as to what these guys are facing in an uphill climb to get to the NFL, let me explain a few things. First, the NFL draft is where teams get 7 rounds (most of the time 7 selections per team, depending on a few things) where they get the chance to pick what is considered the cream of the crop of college players. Typically, the most well known players are picked and often times, teams will go after positions they are need of. For example, The Cleveland Browns, the first team to pick in the draft, are in dire need of a new quarterback. (Hint: The always are) Usually, guys who get signed in the draft are going to make the team when final cuts come in late August. Next, you have what are called Undrafted free agents. Sometimes a team may not get 7 picks for whatever reason, but they still need to stock up on offensive linemen, kickers, or defensive backs. They will go find guys who were not taken in the draft and call them to offer them a contract to join the team. They will have a chance to work out in the late Spring and then report for training camp with a chance to make the team. Finally, you have the category that Perez, Macharro, and Sterling-Lowe are in, where they have been offered a tryout by an NFL team. Essentially they will attend a 3 day camp where they have a chance to see if they will get signed to a free agent deal or get invited to training camp with a chance to make the final 53 man roster or get signed to a team’s practice squad. (More on this in more detail this week’s MINORity Report)
Also congrats are in order to Perez, Justice Luce (Lovejoy HS, Allen, TX), Jon Aguilar (Roosevelt HS, Lubbock, TX) , Keiston Carter (Mexia HS, Mexia, TX), Javon Tillman (San Leandro HS, Oakland, CA) , and Richard Whitaker (Guyer HS, Denton, TX) for being named to the The 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society. The Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers and have either graduated or will be playing the in the NFL. This aligns with the mission of leaving Commerce with a Diploma in one hand and a Championship Ring on the other. Kudos to these guys.
The Softball team has set a program record for program record with a 38-8 record for the season. They continue their season this weekend as they face Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first round of the LSC Championships this weekend in San Angelo. The Lions are currently ranked 13th in the country and have an excellent shot at heading back to the NCAA National Tournament.
Track & Field-
The LSC Championships are this weekend at LeGrand Stadium in San Angelo. The Men are looking to repeat at LSC Champs and have a high shot at doing so. The Women are looking for their first Conference title in school history and also have an excellent shot at making history this weekend in San Angelo.
The Lions are ranked 21st nationally in the Golfstat rankings and are coming off of a strong runner-up performance at the Lone Star Conference Championship earlier this week. A&M-Commerce has finished in the top five teams at nine of their 10 tournaments this season. Although they did not repeat as team LSC Champions, Sophomore Blake Hartford claimed the individual LSC title. The Spring, Texas native out of Klein Collins High has had a monster season and was joined by Lucas McCubbin and Wilfredo Sanchez on the LSC first team. They also qualified as a team for the LSC South Central Regional Tournament as a team.The Lions have qualified for the regional tournament in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, and 2009 as a team, advancing to the national tournament in 1998. The Women’s team completed their season at the LSC tournament, finishing 6th.