SAN ANTONIO -- UTSA football recruiting already has a pipeline to California. That's where senior defensive stars -- and best friends -- Franky Anaya and Brandon Reeves were discovered. The defensive tackle and linebacker both transferred from Pierce College on the West Coast to Texas Hill Country: weather culture shock.
"Oh, yeah, humid weather, oh, my God. That's probably the worse thing," said Reeves. "I kind of miss the weather, but I was able to adapt."
"Out here it gets hot, and it stays hot all the time," said Anaya. "I'm so used to, you know, being home. It's almost like paradise half the time. It's like high 70s, low 80s, clear blue skies with a breeze. Out here, it's like, I come to practice and I can't breathe because it's humid. I know, but it's just one of those things you make adjustments to. And that's just what you have to do when you move."
Relocating is never easy, of course, especially as college students, and even more half way across the country.
Reeves was the first to join the UTSA Roadrunners team in the spring. The coaching staff said he was a bit reserved, but they said when best pal Anaya arrived, the following fall he really opened up a lot.
It didn't take long for both Reeves and Anaya to realize that football in the Lone Star State really is held on high.
"I love California. It's my home, but over here football is religion -- in a way, like it really is," said Anaya. "And the reason I think why is because in California, I mean, literally, I can go to the beach and then go snowboard the same day. I mean, I can go down to Venice and go to Big Bear. But out here it's like you play football."