It is always hard to let go of a high school football career, particularly when that career was filled with success. Beaumont (Texas) Westbrook defensive end Blake Chavis will have a promising future in front of him in college but still had to deal with the disappointment of a playoff-ending loss to Clements.
"We ended up coming up short this season," Chavis said. "We lost in the second round. I just knew we were gonna beat them. I mean they had a good team. They were 11-0 on the season and we were up two touchdowns late but they ended up scoring 22 points on us in the fourth quarter. They scored with 21 seconds left to win it."
After the game, the finality of the event took hold of Chavis as he began to realize the end of one chapter of his football career.
"I was in tears," he said. "I couldn't even keep my head up. My head was hanging low and all that. You always think about the last game but you never know how you fell until it's over. I was just thinking it was my last time doing everything, my last meeting, my last bus ride."
With a little bit of time behind him, Chavis has begun to look forward to the chapter ahead and is beginning his offseason training. On that front, there has been some new uncertainty as well. With the dismissal of Dennis Franchione, the Texas A&M commit has a new coach to get to know in Mike Sherman.
"He gave me a call last night to be exact," Chavis said. "He seemed like a real cool, laid-back guy. He knew what he was talking about. He said he's bringing in a good staff and he knows a lot of NFL coaches. He knows what it takes to get to the next level. He has plans to come down and meet my family in the next couple of weeks."
While the discussion with Sherman set Chavis at ease, there has been some doubts about his future as an Aggie commit following Franchione's departure.
"At one point [decommitting] went through my head," he said. "I didn't know what was going to happen with the other coaches. Me and Coach Kenith Pope we developed a good relationship. I got sidetracked and started looking at Missouri because they were my second pick. Coach E (Matt Eberflus) started calling and TCU started calling."
Is the three-star still having second thoughts about his Aggie commitment?
"I'm still undecided for sure," he said. "I'm pretty much wide open. A&M is my no. 1 team cause that's where I want to go right now but at the same time I have not visited any other colleges."
Chavis' is in the unique position of having a friend and family member having a pretty good idea of what he's going through right now. His brother Billy Chavis is a freshman linebacker for Texas A&M and the older Chavis definitely isn't pressuing Blake into a rushed commitment.
"I sat down and talked with my brother and he said to take all of your visits," Blake said. "He said to make sure that it's a well-thought out process and to follow your heart."
Blake is looking to follow is brothers advice and has an idea of three other schools he'd like to visit along with A&M.
"I know I'm starting my visits in January," he said. "I want to visit A&M, Mizzou, TCU and maybe Arizona and Iowa. That's pretty much who has been contacting me about officals. I want to take all five. My brother said that he would have taken 10 more if he could have."
While the recruiting is going on, Chavis will be focusing on his offseason training as well.
"Right now I'm at about 220 after losing weight during the season," he said. "I was at 235 and at most I want to be back to 240 and running a 4.7."