If there’s one thing that has never been a secret, it’s that Plainview’s Blake Nowell has plenty of athletic talent.

If there’s one thing that has never been a secret, it’s that Plainview’s Blake Nowell has plenty of athletic talent.   From being a state qualifier and placer in track, to a standout on the basketball court and football field, Nowell has showcased his talents across many platforms throughout the last four years.   Wednesday afternoon, he was given the ultimate reward for his hard work.   In front of a standing room only crowd of coaches, family, friends and teammates at Plainview High School, Nowell signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division 1 college football for the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas.   The moment was made even more special for the senior, as he got to sign on the same day as teammate Eli Russ, who will be playing at Oklahoma State University.   “I’ve been playing alongside Eli since fifth grade,” Nowell said. “This was very special getting to share this with him. It’ll be a little weird seeing him across the field in a different uniform, but he’s super talented and getting to see him do what he does best is amazing for me.”   Nowell had a standout senior season for the Indians, finishing with 54 catches for 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 19.6 yards per catch, while carrying the ball 23 times for 168 yards and five touchdowns.   On defense he recorded 12 tackles with five pass breakups and one interception. He also scored a pair of touchdowns on kickoff returns this season with one of them being a 92-yard touchdown.   Plainview finished as the Class 3A state runner-up this season, for the second time in Nowell’s career.   “This is just a surreal moment for me to be honest,” Nowell said. “You dream of this moment as a kid, getting to play college football. To have it become official is very special for me and is just truly a dream come true. It’s a family atmosphere at TCU, and that’s what I needed. They took me in and once I was there I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.”   “We have a great community here at Plainview who encourages us to do our best every single day,” Nowell said. “Things like this are possible because of the background we have around us and the support we have from everyone.”   In addition to being a standout on the football field, Nowell this past spring was a state medalist in track for the Indians, adding to his impressive resume. He was also named as the 2018-19 Best of the Arbuckles Preps Boys Basketball Player of the Year, where he averaged 17.5 points per game with 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He’s also been nominated for the Mr. Football Oklahoma award for 2019-2020.   “It’s rare that you have two kids from a school our size get to go play football for a pair of Big 12 schools,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “But with Blake and Eli then it’s something that is a result of a lot of hard work on the field and in the classroom. Both of these kids put in so much time and effort, and are perfect fits for their respective schools.”   “You get a leadership factor with Blake, and he’s a great student,” Price added. “There aren’t many 6’4” receivers that can cover ground like Blake does. He can do so many things that all these other guys aren’t able to do on the field. It’s pretty incredible to watch him out on the field.”   Blake said he plans on studying something business related while attending TCU.