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JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School senior lineman Chance Armstrong will play for Southwestern University in Georgetown beginning in 2014.

“They’re a really prestigious school,” he said. “They’re great academically, and they have a new football team. I felt like it was the best place for me. I look forward to helping them build a great team.”

Southwestern brought football back last season after a 60-year absence.

Head coach Joe Austin recruited Armstong, who said he liked what he was told from the first conversation.

“He told me not to go there for football,” he said. “He said, ‘I want you coming here to have a great education.’ They make you feel a part of the team.”

Southwestern coaches found Armstrong from one of his recruiting pages online, he said.

“I called them, and we hit it off from there,” the Mustang said.

Playing in Marble Falls has helped him develop work ethic and commitment, he said. Armstrong credits former defensive coordinator Tony Salazar and assistant coach Weston Franco for telling him he can play beyond high school.

“Coach Salazar had a good influence on me,” he said. “He believed in me. Coach Franco always helped me out.”

The son of Shannon and Travis Schulz and Kenneth and Debra Armstrong plans to become a football coach thanks to the influence of Marble Falls Middle School coaches Craig Orton and Dale Heath.

“They gave me an example,” he said. “I really love football. I can’t see myself not being around it. I would enjoy going to work every day and being a part of it.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com