— By Greg Webb
Coaches from Tarleton State University came calling on Weatherford senior Dalton Clubb on a rare day when he was not at school. But the temporary miscommunication was quickly remedied with a visit to the Stephenville campus.
“I really didn’t know that Tarleton was interested in recruiting me,” Clubb said, as he explained about his recruiting process. “I had been looking at Midwestern University (Wichita Falls) and another school in Iowa, Drake University.
“When one of my Weatherford coaches told me TSU wanted to talk to me, that led to a visit.”
Clubb was impressed with the campus and the coaches during his trip, and the quality of TSU football kind of speaks for itself.
“I just really loved the place,” Clubb said. “I’m really excited about TSU, not only because they won the Lone Star Conference last year.
“They are also building a new stadium pretty soon, so there are a lot of good things happening there.”
The senior defensive back, who was named to the District 3-5A all-district squad and also had a lofty perch on the All-Parker County Team, will have some local company in Stephenville, and will likely get to know him during some future practices. Aledo tight end John Whatley, who had celebrated his commit to TSU earlier in the day, will line up on the other side of the ball for TSU.
“There were several other recruits that I met during my visit to Tarleton,” Clubb said, “but none from this area, so that’s a good thing.”
Planning to major in business, Dalton also took in a visit with a business professor while visiting TSU. Overall, the Weatherford senior was just impressed with the atmosphere at TSU.
“There are just a lot of positive things about TSU,” he said. “They seem to generally have great school spirit. I just met a lot of good people while I was there.
“I’ve wanted to play college ball since I was a little kid — have just always loved the game. Finally getting to do this is a dream come true for me.”
Clubb gives a lot of credit to the Weatherford football coaching staff, even though he was under their tutelage for just one season.
“I love how [Coach Nelms and his staff] came in and changed our mentality and approach to the game,” he said. “All of the things they have done have been for the better and made us better.
“[My secondary) Coach [Kip] Holt has been a big influence, not just on my football skills, but my life, too. I really believe this group of coaches can change the Weatherford football program and make everything about it much better.”