Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell quarterback James Mauro has enjoyed two solid seasons of leading the Raiders. However, his football career is not over yet.
The 6-foot-7, 211-pound senior decided to make his future intentions known on Thursday when he pulled the trigger on a commitment to a Sun Belt program.
"I just committed to Western Kentucky today," Mauro said on Thursday evening. "I did it about an hour ago maybe."
Mauro was able to give head coach Willie Taggart the news personally.
"I called coach Taggart," he said. "He was really excited. He said we had a lot of good things ahead of us and he's ready to get me in there and start working. He's going to call me again tomorrow to talk about it more.
The quarterback says he simply felt the Hilltopper program was the right fit for him.
"I talked to my family," Mauro said. "We figured it would be the best opportunity for me. I was really excited when I took my visit and I'm looking forward to going to WKU."
Mauro had an opportunity to officially visit the Western Kentucky campus earlier this month and liked what he saw.
"I took my visit probably about a month ago," he said. "It was really nice. I liked the campus. The stadium's nice and I really like all the coaches. The players I hung out with, I got along with well. All the coaches are really friendly and they all played so they know how it is."
Mauro led Bell to the Class 5A playoffs this season, passing for 1,676 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.