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Two Lobos commit to Cardinals

By Hayden Henry
Jan. 30, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.

In the final days of recruitment as National Signing Day rapidly approaches, two more Lobos pledged to continue their football careers at the next level.

Longview defensive backs Chris Coby and Stephan Maxey committed to Trinity Valley Community College after a visit to Athens on Wednesday, the duo confirmed with the News-Journal on Thursday.

The pair were part of a unit that held opposing teams to a 53 percent completion rate and 176 passing yards per contest for the 12-5A champion Lobos in 2013.

Maxey's impact goes back even further.

A three-year starter for the Lobos, the 6-0, 185-pound safety racked up 253 tackles, 12 passes broken up, six forced fumbles and two interceptions.

"He really made his presence known as a sophomore and continued a long line of big hitters for us in the secondary," Longview head coach John King said. "It's a great opportunity for him to move on to the next level and a big step in his progression."

Coby turned in a senior campaign with 40 tackles, three passes broken up and a blocked field goal as well as averaging 42.3 yards per punt. The 6-0, 180-pounder said the Cardinals recruited him at cornerback and he will also serve as the backup punter.

"He's got the opportunity to play a couple of positions -- they're getting a solid cornerback as well as a punter," King said. "Chris is a very talented athlete and has been."

Both expressed readiness to contribute to the two-time JUCO national champion Cardinals.

"It felt good (to commit) -- I felt needed," Coby said. "I'm happy to be part of the team and ready to do big things."

Maxey added, "I'm ready to show them that I'm ready to play and to go get another ring. I'm going to show them what I've got and work for my spot."

A junior college powerhouse, 27 2012 Cardinals moved on to four-year universities in 2012 and 26 players have advanced to the NFL over the past 24 years, according to Trinity Valley athletics.

"They both have a chance to get down there and continue to develop and get re-recruited while getting an education," King said. "The sky is the limit after that."

Maxey said he sees the opportunity as a chance to reach the next level.

"I see this as a stepping stone," he said. "They've been sending guys to Division I schools and are always getting recruited."

Trinity Valley competes in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference along with Kilgore College and Tyler Junior College. The Cardinals won the conference title for the 19th time in school history in 2013.

"They play great football in that league, no doubt." King said. "We've had a lot of success with our kids coming out of junior college and moving on."

Coby and Maxey join Dorian Leonard (Texas), Travin Howard (TCU) and Zaycoven Henderson (Texas A&M) out of the 2014 class to commit to the next level.

National Signing Day is Wednesday.

(Follow Hayden Henry on Twitter: @hayden_h)



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