Tristen Walsworh of Troup High School had multiple options, all excellent choices, but when he made his way to Ouachita Baptist University (OBU), nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains in central Arkansas, he knew that he had found what he was looking for.
After considering Southeast Oklahoma State, Henderson State, and Harding University, Walsworth was set to walk-on at the University of North Texas in Denton.
But his initial experience at OBU changed all of that.
“When I made my visit it just felt right,” said the 2014 District 9-2A-I Co-Defensive Player of the year, Walsworth. “The campus was really nice and it felt like home.”
Amid a library full of family, teammates, classmates, and friends, Walsworth signed to play for the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers, of the NCAA Division II, Great American Conference (GAC).
Walsworth has been a two-time, all-district pick the past two season while also making the All-Cherokee County Team First Team, and two-time, Tyler Morning Telegraph’s, All East Texas honorable mention.
This past year, Troup went 6-5 overall, and 2-3 in league play and qualified for the playoffs. Newton ended Troup’s season with a 39-0, first round loss.
“Tristen is going to be missed,” said Tiger head coach, Dennis Alexander. “He was an inspiration to his team and teammates, and will be a great asset at Ouachita Baptist University.”
Last season OBU had an overall record of 7-3 and played Tarleton State in the Heart of Texas Bowl.
The Tigers signed 30 players to letters-of-intent for football this week and appear to be restocked and ready fro another run at a GAC title this fall..
“I’d really like to thank all the coaches at Troup,” Walsworth said. “They have all been great for me both on and off the field.”