Messer joins Brinkley in Buffalo signing stampede
After putting the arm on Rockdale gunslinger Ethan Brinkley, the Buffaloes scooped up Milano athlete Dominique Messer as well on National Signing Day Wednesday.
Both Brinkley and Messer made it official on Wednesday at their respective schools and if things shake out right, could be playing catch in the near future.
Messer becomes Milano’s highest profile pledge since Corey Watkins signed with North Texas in 1997.
Messer—despite being a threetime All-State selection at linebacker— will join West Texas as a wide receiver.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete was also a force on offense, hauling in 27 passes for 735 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was honorable mention All-State at the position.
Should he make his way on the field, Messer joins a high-powered offense where Buffalo quarterback Dustin Vaughn threw for 5,000 yards and 45 touchdowns last season and six receivers had at least 35 catches.
The Buffaloes—a member of the Lone Star Conference—went 12-3 last season, losing to national runner-up Winston-Salem in the NCAA Division II semi-finals
The Buffaloes are led by Coach Don Carthel, who has taken a program that had won just seven games combined over the previous four years and guided it to eight winning seasons, six NCAA Division-II playoff appearances, five LSC South Division titles, four-consecutive Lone Star Conference Championships, two bowl appearances and 79 victories.
West Texas got into the recruiting game with Messer late, not contacting coaches until December.
The reason being the Buffaloes had made it deep into the postseason.
Texas State, Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton and Incarnate Word in San Antonio had also shown a lot of interest in Messer.
Milano Coach Craig Jentsch said Buffalo coaches told him that Messer was high on their radar during the season as far as recruiting goes and that he will most likely be redshirted his first year.
They are also looking to utilize him on special teams and want to increase his weight and foot speed.
“He is very good, but has a lot of room for growth,” Jentsch said. “They said they look for Dominique to really help them at receiver with his ability to reach the ball at the highest point and had a better size for receiver than he does a linebacker.”
He is light at 185 pounds and coaches want to get him to 200 and think they can do so by the end of his freshman year and get him faster.
“Dominique seemed very excited with a little bit of doubt,” Jentsch said.
Messer made the decision without a campus visit. Buffalo coaches have made trips to Milano during the recruiting process, as recently as last weekend.
Messer is looking to be a Kinesiology major and become a teacher and coach.
“He has wanted to be a teacher all along,” Jentsch said.
“I am excited for him to get a chance to get an education and get better at football,” Jentsch said.