Cole Edmiston can finally breathe easy.
After leading Gatesville to its best season since the program won a state championship over a decade ago, the senior quarterback, who put up video game- like statistics as the team’s leading passer and second-leading rusher, was in limbo as far as college went.
His heart has always been with Baylor, but, realistically, he had to weigh his options.
On Monday, his childhood dreams became a reality when he accepted a preferred walk-on status from the Bears, guaranteeing him a spot on the team, but without the benefit of a scholarship.
Regardless of circumstance, Edmiston could not be happier with the situation.
“I can only imagine how awesome it is going to be (to finally put on the uniform),” he said. “I really can’t wait. I cannot wait. I’m just so happy that I’ve finally made a decision, and I can kind of just relax a little bit.”
Edmiston completed 198 of 319 passes for 2,876 yards and 32 touchdowns, adding 1,232 yards and 22 touchdowns on 190 carries, while guiding the Hornets on a 13-game undefeated streak before falling to Graham, 40-35, in the Division II-3A quarterfinals.
After considering a similar walk-on opportunity from Texas Tech and an offer from Tarleton State, the decision to join Baylor became crystal clear.
“I really didn’t have the same feeling about Tech that I had for Baylor,” Edmiston said. “As a family, we sat down, talked about it and decided Baylor was what we wanted to do. And the education I can get there is unbelievable.”
Edmiston is not the only Gatesville athlete to commit to his athletic future, though.
Hornets volleyball players and twin sisters Paige and Megan Chambers signed letters of intent to play at Clarendon College, while teammate Ashley Cook will attempt to walk on at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.
“I’m really proud for those three kids,” Gatesville volleyball coach Rickey Phillips said. “I know the time and the hours they and their parents put in to get better. This is a great reward for all three of those guys.”
At libero, Megan Chambers finished her senior season with 525 digs to go with 12 aces as she delivered a serving rate of 95 percent before earning the District 8-3A Defensive MVP. Senior setter Paige Chambers had 357 assists, 16 aces, 41 digs and 12 blocks for the Hornets, who finished second to Liberty Hill in district and reached the regional quarterfinals.
Had it not been for Clarendon head volleyball coach Holli Reyna inquiring about the pair a few weeks back, however, they were set to attend Blinn College or Texas A&M.
“Having someone interested in them kind of sparked them and got them going,” Phillips said. “They are pretty gung-ho about going. They are really, really excited about the opportunity to play in college. They were set to go and be students before this came about.”
Cook, who already intended to attend Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, must go through a team camp over the summer before she will be granted a spot, but, like Edmiston, she is simply happy to have an opportunity.
“Once volleyball season ended, I realized I didn’t want to be done yet,” said Cook, who was the District 8-3A co-offensive MVP. “It works out really well. My parents are happy about it. I’m happy about it, and they are a Division I school. I’m so excited to play Division I.”