Thetford signs to West Texas A&M

Taytem Thetford, surrounded by family and friends, signed to West Texas A&M on May 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo)

Taytem Thetford, surrounded by family and friends, signed to West Texas A&M on May 14, 2020. (Courtesy PhotoOn Thursday, May 14, Taytem Thetford found himself under the lights of the Jimmie Redman Memorial Stadium one last time.

Although Thetford wasn’t suited in his usual Bold Gold jersey, he completed one of the biggest plays of his life, signing to the West
Texas A&M Buffaloes’ Football Program.

Besides winning the Buffaloes’ some gold, during his time at WT, Thetford plans on majoring in sports exercise and medicine.

According to Thetford, the choice was an easy one. In fact, Thetford said he knew WT was for him the moment he stepped on their campus.

“Whenever I went and visited,” Thetford told Pete Christy of KCBD, “I felt like it was for me.”

Coach Michael Pittman, although sad to see one of his star players graduate, says that he can’t wait to see what’s in store for Thetford.

“Taytem has meant a lot to our program,” Pittman said. “WT is getting a good one. I think he’s a great athlete. He’s a great student.

He’s a great all-round kid. We wish him all the best.”

Superintendent Heath Dickson, although only having been with Post ISD for a short time, recognizes Thetford’s talent as well, commending Thetford’s playing ability in multiple sports from football to basketball to baseball.

“We are very proud of Taytem,” Dickson said. “He’s by far the best high school athlete I’ve ever had the privilege to watch. We are looking forward to getting to follow his career in the college ranks.”

Although Thetford’s described his signing experience as “different” due to social distancing rules, that night he looked out over the field that he had celebrated multiple Bold Gold victories on with a new sense of pride.

“It was amazing,” he said reminiscing on his senior year football season.

However, Thetford is excited to move on to bigger and better things.

“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s going to be fun.”

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