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Noah McMeans signs with Incarnate Word

Noah McMeans signs with Incarnate Word
Noah McMeans receives the South Texas Showcase 4A Defensive Player of the Year award.

As high school football players all over the country signed their national letters of intent last Wednesday, La Vernia’s own Noah McMeans was among them. After careful consideration, McMeans signed with the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio.

McMeans had serious interest from a number of schools, including the University of New Mexico, the University of Wyoming, Texas State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Lutheran University, and West Texas A&M University. He felt that UIW was the best fit for him, though, and Cardinal Head Coach Larry Kennan gave him high praises.

“In our defense, Noah fits perfectly as an outside linebacker,” Kennan said. “He’s very athletic and explosive, and has been highly productive in his career.

“He has natural pass rush skills to get after the QB,” Kennan added. “With his athleticism, we see him being able to drop into coverage when asked to, but also we can use him as a defensive end in some of our nickel packages. We also like the fact that he has over a 3.7 GPA.”

McMeans has played football since he was a young child, and was even part of the 2008 La Vernia Grizzlies team that went to the national championship. He was also a basketball player who participated in year-round league play, but made the decision to give up basketball during his junior year to focus exclusively on football. He packed on 30 pounds of muscle, attended several camps and clinics, and worked hard to improve every aspect of his game.

During his senior year, McMeans was named as a preseason All-State linebacker by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. He was a team captain for the defense, and was a top 25 semifinalist for the Mr. Texas Football Award. He was moved from linebacker to the defensive line, and earned all-district MVP honors, and received AP All-State honorable mention. He received All-State honorable mention from the Texas Sports Writers Association, and was named to the Academic All-State team, as well. He was also selected to the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Team.

McMeans plans to major in engineering ...something he has been interested in since he was a young child. He is also looking forward to “the whole college experience,” and to the increased competition.

“It’s going up a whole ’nother level,” he said. “I’m excited to see how things play out.”

McMeans will miss his friends, and said he will be sad to leave them. He described his time with the Bear football team as the most memorable moments of his time at La Vernia High School.

“From two-a-days on it was just a great experience,” he said. “I’ll never forget it.

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