Brownsboro Athlete Tamrick Pace Commits To Stephen F. Austin
Tamrick Pace's college choice will please a good number of East Texans.
The senior Brownsboro athlete announced through his personal Twitter account Wednesday that he accepted Stephen F. Austin's college football scholarship opportunity and plans to sign with the Lumberjacks program next semester. He verbally committed to the Nacogdoches-based university in favor of a second Division I offer from Northwestern State.
Pace (6-1, 193), a converted receiver, helped Brownsboro to its most successful season since 2012 this past campaign as a dual-threat quarterback. The team went 5-5 in the regular season and reached the playoffs as District 9-4A Division I's third-place finisher before being eliminated in the first round.
Brownsboro's five wins in 2015 were more than the school had enjoyed through Pace's sophomore and junior years combined.
Pace accounted for 54 percent of Brownsboro's total offensive output despite missing two games due to injury and being less than 100 percent healthy down the stretch. He completed 46 of 84 passes for 807 yards and 12 touchdowns to seven interceptions while rushing for another 1,325 yards and 12 scores on the ground.
The athlete also played some safety, finishing the year with a pick and 15 tackles.
Stephen F. Austin ended its 2015 season with a 4-7 record, but it did seem to turn a corner at the midway mark of the year. The Lumberjacks won four of their final six games.
Four of Stephen F. Austin's losses came by one possession. A fifth defeat was against TCU in Fort Worth.
Clint Conque will be Pace's head coach at the next level. The 2016 season will be Conque's third in Nacogdoches.
After a successful 14 seasons guiding the Central Arkansas program, Conque helped the Lumberjacks to a Division I First Round playoff appearance last season. He previously took Central Arkansas to the FCS playoffs twice in addition to two Division II playoff appearances before his former program made the jump to the FCS.
Stephen F. Austin most recently sent running back Gus Johnson, a former Gilmer star, to the NFL. Johnson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oakland Raiders in the spring and released before finding a home on the Dallas Cowboys' active roster through the preseason. He is presently on the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad.
Pace's commitment is non-binding. Like all senior football players in high school, he will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb. 3.