River Ridge star RB Chris Schwarz off to West Florida
NEW PORT RICHEY – The most dominant running back in Pasco County history officially knows where he will be going to college this fall.
River Ridge standout Chris Schwarz signed with the University of West Florida on Wednesday afternoon.
A 5-foot-10, 200-pound bruiser in the backfield, Schwarz broke the county record for rushing yards in a single season when he scampered for 2,689 yards and 27 touchdowns in his junior campaign. He backed up that effort with 2,482 yards and 26 touchdowns this past season.
Before his prep career was over, he held numerous area records, including the county mark for career rushing yardage (5,375).
Excelling in the classroom as well as on the gridiron, Schwarz drew interest from different schools over the past two years, but he settled on West Florida because of the similar feel he got at the campus compared to River Ridge.
“I wanted to replicate my high school career as much as possible,” Schwarz said. “When I went up to (Pensacola), the fit was so right. I got a great feeling from the coaching staff, and I knew that’s where I wanted to spend the next four years.”
The Royal Knights reached the state playoffs each of the past two seasons. It was the first time the program had been to the postseason since 1998. The experience of building from the ground up will be vital to Schwarz’s attitude at West Florida.
The Argonauts just began their football program last year and will be playing their first intercollegiate games this upcoming season. Led by head coach Pete Shinnick, a former assistant at Clemson, Oregon State and Arkansas, West Florida is hoping to make an immediate impact as a member of NCAA Division II in the Gulf South Conference.