Within two days the football recruiters for the New Mexico Highland University Cowboys landed two Archer City Wildcats. It just so happens both of them have been living together for the last 9 years. Dylan Briggs and Kade Dagley signed letters of intent to play football for the Cowboys. The official signing was at Wildcat Stadium at 10am last Tuesday morning. Surrounded by family, coaches, and friends they accepted the offer to play football at the next level.
New Mexico Highland University is in Las Vegas, New Mexico. It is an NCAA Division II university competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the campus is currently closed and the time for them to report is uncertain. NMHU has a baseball team as well and there is an outside chance of some spring baseball for the pair.
Head Football Coach Shad Hanna said at the signing, “I am so excited for these two young men and for what they have accomplished. I am excited about their opportunity. For them to be able to go to the same place and continue to play together is a great opportunity for them. They are going to be able to compete at that level and be able to play and have a good time doing it. They will make more memories.”
Dylan said, “This means everything to me. I am going to get to realize a dream of mine. It’s awesome to be able to go play with one of my best friends. To have new experiences and see how much better I can get.” He and Kade have been mainstays in the aggressive defensive style the Wildcats have employed in the past few years.
Coach Donny Gray, the defensive coordinator, said, “I knew these two could play at the next level. New Mexico Highland has amazing facilities and is a perfect fit for them. They are both play makers. I have leaned on those two for 2 years as defensive coordinator and they came through every time when I really needed them. They deserve this. “
In 2018 Dylan, a linebacker, was 2A Associated Press 2nd Team All-State and 2A Texas Sports Writers Honorable Mention All-State. His 2019 accolades include 2019 AP Class 2A 1st Team All-State and 2nd Team on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 2A All-State selections. He was also named to the 2019 Red River 22. He was selected to play in the Oil Bowl and Greenbelt Bowl, but due to the pandemic he will miss those games.
Kade was the 2019 Texas Sports Writers Association Class 2A 2nd Team All-State cornerback.