Signing day

Huntsville senior T'Vondre Sweat signs a National Letter of Intent to play football with the University of Texas Longhorns on Wednesday. 

With the stroke of a pen, Huntsville senior T’Vondre Sweat embarked on the next chapter of his journey.

Sweat signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Texas early Wednesday morning in front of family and Hornets head coach Rodney Southern in the Joe Clements Fieldhouse at Huntsville High School.

Weeks removed from a historic playoff run that took his team to the regional finals, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive end can't wait to get to work in Austin.

“I’m ready to step foot on the University of Texas,” Sweat said moments after signing. “I’m just so excited right now.”

While Sweat will undoubtedly be missed by the Hornets, his coach is excited to see what the future holds for him in his playing career at Texas — and potentially beyond.

“It's exciting, especially when you've been in a situation like I've been in, where I've seen him go from an eighth grader to a 6-foot-5, 280-pound D-lineman,” Southern said. “It's exciting because, No. 1, you know they are going to be able to advance their education without paying for it. No. 2, I've told him and I've only said it to two or three guys in my 32 years, he's talented enough that he can play on Sunday if these next four or five years of his life work out. Obviously, it's exciting for our program.”

Sweat, who was named the District 10-5A Division II MVP this season, committed to Texas in February. He received scholarship offers from 17 Division I programs, including Texas A&M, Alabama, TCU, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor.

With the Longhorns losing all three of their starting defensive linemen to graduation, Sweat has the opportunity to step in and fill a void for his new team.

"We needed to get bigger on the defensive line, and T'Vondre certainly fills that criteria," Texas head coach Tom Herman said. "He can still move enough to play on the edge and play defensive end. We think the sky is the limit for him because he's a very good basketball player as well. (He's) very athletic."

When asked what he is looking forward to most about his career at Texas, Sweat responded, “I’m excited about going there and winning a championship.”

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