QCS Senior Writer
Logan High School graduate Larramy Roberts signed a letter of intent accepting a scholarship to attend the University of the Southwest in Hobbs and compete for the Mustangs’ cross country and track teams.
“Since the first time I stepped onto a track I knew I wanted to compete at the college level,” Roberts said.
Roberts signed the letter of intent on Thursday at Logan HS in front of his family, friend, underclassmen and his track and football coaches.
“It means a lot to me that they all came out in support of my decision,” Roberts said.
Roberts said during his senior year he had signed up with National Collegiate Scouting Association with the hopes of being recruited by a college. He said there had been interest from several schools but what made USW’s interest stand out was that they didn’t even know about his scouting profile.
The coach of the USW’s Mustangs had attended the state track meet and saw Roberts compete and later called for information about him, said Robert Young, Longhorn’s head track coach.
The Longhorns won the 2A boys state track championship and Roberts had paced in two events; he ran on the 1600-meter relay team that placed second, and he placed fourth in the 800.
Roberts said one of the main reasons he chose attend USW was because they sought him out without the promotion of the recruiting services. He said after visiting the Hobbs campus, he was convinced that USW was the right choice.
Larramy has always been competitive even when he was young and he has always been about playing with heart, said Dwane Roberts, Larramy’s grandfather.
“To say I am proud of my grandson would be a gross understatement,” Dwane said. “I’ve always know that no matter what my grandchildren did they were going to be the very best.”
Young said it has been an honor coaching an athlete like Roberts. He said Roberts was able to overcome an injury he had suffered earlier in the year during football and still compete at a high level.
Young said throughout the season Roberts kept pushing himself to get better. He said even after practice Roberts would stay at the track and run a few more laps.
“It’s been my privilege to coach Roberts,” Young said.
Roberts said he has been fortunate to have such a great support system in Logan. He said even though he moved here from Mountainair while in elementary the coaches, classmates, teachers and community have made him feel like he has lived here his entire life.
“Everyone pushed me to be my best and if I stumbled along the way they helped to pick me up and get me going on my way again,” Roberts said.
Roberts said he intends to study to become a wildlife specialist and seek employment with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish after college.