BULLARD â€” The Brook Hill School is sending two more scholar-athletes to play sports at the next level after a duo signing on Thursday afternoon at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center.
Golfer Hunter Shattuck signed to play the next two seasons for McLennan Community College in Waco. The Guardâ€™s leading scorer in soccer for the past three years, Caleb Latson will play soccer with an NCAA Division II power in Austin, the St. Edwardâ€™s Hilltoppers.
Shattuck has been a huge part of the Guard links success over the past four years.
As a sophomore, Shattuck and his teammates won the 2011 TAPPS Division III state title as Shattuck finished as the first runner-up medalist. Hunter has already won one big school tournament this season and was in the top 10 of the Texas Cup Invitational, a part of the Texas Legends Junior Tour, played at the Honors Club in Dallas. Among 74 golfers, Shattuck finished 10th overall.
Shattuck also talked with Tyler Junior College, but his visit to McLennan in Waco sold him on his next two years of school.
â€śI guess first off, they won back-to-back national championships in 2009 and 2010 and they are a great program,â€ť said Shattuck. â€śThey have a great coach, Vincent Clark, that everyone I have talked to said is a great coach and mentor. I really liked him a lot when I was down there and that had a lot to do with it too.
â€śBut when I went down there on my visit, I liked the campus a lot. Itâ€™s really beautiful and I have always loved Waco, so I think it will be a good place to play. Hopefully (I can) help win a national title and then maybe move on to bigger things after two good years down there.â€ť
Brook Hill has yet to put a state championship under its belt. With Latson leading the Guard, however, he hopes to change things and bring back the schoolâ€™s first soccer crown.
The Guard plays Dallas Lutheran today for the district title, and the first or second seed in the upcoming TAPPS state tournament.
A speedy forward, Latson has been the equalizer for Brook Hill the past three seasons, scoring 68 goals with 14 career assists.
Brook Hill finished as the state runner-up before Latson joined in the team his sophomore year.
That sophomore season, Latson had 23 goals, and added on 20 more goals as a junior. Thus far this season Latson has already bettered his personal mark and team mark with 25 goals as The Guard continues to play through the playoffs.
Latson had a top five list of schools including UT Tyler, Hardin-Simmons, Hastings University in Kansas, Rogers State University in Oklahoma, and St. Edwardâ€™s.
St. Edwardâ€™s, a Division II soccer power, sold itself when Latson made his visit.
â€śThey have a great program and a great coach, Brian Young, that has been at the school a long time,â€ť Latson said about his commitment to the Hilltoppers. â€śThe campus was really impressive, and Austin is a great town.â€ť
There is also a bit of irony with the signing according to Latson.
â€śWhen I first came to Brook Hill, Coach Collins asked me about college and even asked what I thought about St. Edwardâ€™s and itâ€™s just kind of funny thatâ€™s who I ended up signing with.
â€śCoach Collins has been a great coach that would do anything for me or the team, and has always been a positive for me in the classroom and on the field.â€ť
Latson was a first team all-district performer and honorable mention all-state selection in his sophomore year.
Last year he added the District Offensive MVP to the list and a first team all-state spot his junior year.
St. Edwardâ€™s is a member of the Heartland Conference and the defending league champion.