Clovis' Cabeldue commits to Kansas


January 29, 2020

Kevin Wilson

Bryce Cabeldue, shown getting a hold of La Cueva quarterback Austin Smith, committed to play football next year at Kansas.

XLOVIS — Bryce Cabeldue couldn’t believe the first time a Division I college was interested in him as a football player, and it’s been the same every time another scholarship offer came the Clovis senior’s way.

“It was a huge shock,” Cabeldue said Monday, a day after he committed to the Kansas Jayhawks and coach Les Miles. “I wasn’t really believing it, and honestly it still doesn’t feel real right now.”

He’s a week away from the next step in that process, when he can first sign a letter of intent Feb. 5. Until then, the commitment is verbal only, and Cabeldue is under no obligation to any school until he signs a letter of intent. The signing period for Division I and II football starts Feb. 5 and runs until April 1 for Division I and Aug. 1 for Division II.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Cabeldue first drew interest from Eastern New Mexico University early in his junior year, and Clovis coach Cal Fullerton said the interest snowballed in 2018 when the Wildcats played a trio of Lubbock schools. Fullerton is excited to see what Cabeldue will become in the Big 12 program.

“It’s going to be huge for him,” Fullerton said, “and it impacts this town and especially our football program in a great way.”

Cabeldue was a first-team offensive lineman for District 2/5-6A, MaxPreps and the New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-state team; a second-team NMHSCA all-state defensive lineman and a selection to both the North-South large-school and all-regional southeast teams.

He received three other D-I offers — Texas State, University of the Incarnate Word and the University of New Mexico — and numerous Division II offers. But his visit to Lawrence sealed the deal.

“The players there are amazing,” Cabeldue said. “The coaching staff they have is amazing. I know they’re going to do well with us and push us.”

Cabeldue is one of at least two area players expected to sign with a Division-I team. Portales defensive end Philip Blidi has verbally committed to Texas Tech.

Assuming Cabeldue signs with Kansas or another Division-I school, he will be the first Wildcat to do so since Joey Garcia signed with the Red Raiders in 2003. Micah Gray, who just completed his sophomore campaign at UNM, joined the team as a preferred walk-on and was designated as a scholarship athlete last June.

As a senior Cabeldue had 43 tackles for the Wildcats — 22 solo, 21 assists — and 8.5 tackles for loss. But Fullerton said there weren’t numbers that showed just how important Cabeldue was in playing on both sides of the ball as the Wildcats reached their first semifinal round in 10 seasons.

“Our linemen don’t get enough credit ever, and to find somebody as big as Bryce and as athletic as Bryce is a diamond in the rough in Clovis,” Fullerton said. “Losing him is going to be huge for us. We’re going to have to have multiple people step up.”


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