Three-time UIL 5A State Track and Field state champion Bailey Goggans verbally committed to the Texas A&M Aggies track and field program.
The Marble Falls senior made her decision public Tuesday night via Instagram and Twitter. Goggans was highly sought after by many collegiate programs nation wide, but ultimately chose A&M.
The recruiting process for Goggans was somewhat of a challenging one, especially compared to the previous classes. COVID-19 related social distancing impacts and travel restrictions both colleges and athletes have been limited to have made this recruiting world something all have had to adapt to.
"It was tough and factored into decision," Goggans said in reference to the challenges from COVID. Goggans was unable to tour university campuses and athletic facilities as well as enhance relationships with coaches with face to face conversations and interactions.
Coaches Pat Henry and Wendel McRaven at A&M had to go through the same challenges as other programs, but regarding Goggans, they had some what of an inside track -- or two. Both of Goggans' parents Wes and Tracy are both Texas A&M former students and College Station is less than three hours away from their Marble Falls home.
"I kind of wanted to stay in state and close to home, I've raced there and like the facilities, plus I come from an Aggie family and that definitely influenced me."
Texas A&M has been successful on the NCAA level at recruiting and developing the 400/800m runner. They have produced several NCAA All-Americans in the 800m on both the men's and women's side. Recently, they are know for producing NCAA 800m Champions Donavan Brazier and Devin Dixon and as well as Sammy Watson and Jazmine Fray.
Goggans will join incoming 2020 freshman and top recruit Athing Mu in College Station when she arrives. She could join the accomplished list of Aggies who have excelled in the 400m and 800m events. Under the guidance of coaches Anthony Torns and Chris Schrader at Marble Falls Goggans become one of the top mid distance runners in the nation.
Even though the process was a little different than previous classes, there were still some similarities like finally making the big decision. "I had a few home visits and have seen some of the coaches and it was hard to call and tell them my decision and and inform them I wouldn't be a part of their program."
Goggans will have to endure more COVID related changes with school starting and new 2020-2021 XC and track seasons on the horizon; bringing the recruiting process to and end with a decision is a huge relief. "Now I can just focus on school, finishing my A&M application and not stress about Zoom calls with coaches and responding to emails. I feel good that that it is over and I can move onto a new chapter in my life."
"I''m exited to see what the future holds at A&M!"