Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is the next stop for soon-to-be New Mexico Military Institute graduate Diego Miranda.
“My coaches here at (NMMI) thought it would be a good fit for me there at Eastern (ENMU). Plus, I have a lot of friends that go to school there and it’s closer to home (Roswell),” Miranda said.
Miranda was a wideout at NMMI and he hopes to jell with the receiving corps at ENMU. He believes, with two years of college under his belt, playing at the next level has led to his maturity as an adult.
“It’s a different world. In high school, the teachers and coaches jumped on you if you didn’t do right. The professors aren’t going to babysit you out here. In college you either go to class or you don’t. It’s on you. Going to school here at the Institute teaches you the discipline. You have to adapt to it and do a little growing up,” Miranda said.
As for playing at the collegiate level, “Everyone is faster, everyone is bigger and stronger and the game is faster too,” Miranda said. He expects the players at Division II to be even better.
The Greyhounds are members of the Lone Star Conference, which revamped its football schedule for 2020 and 2021. ENMU will play against a new batch of non-conference foes from the Great Northwestern Athletic Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference over the next two years.
What Miranda has learned during the last two years as a collegiate player: He advises incoming freshmen is to study their collegiate playbook. It’s not about talent anymore. “Maybe you could get away with it in high school, but it’s not happening here. It’s what determines whether you play or sit the bench.”
At ENMU, Miranda will pursue a degree in computer science. “I don’t know yet what I am going to use that degree for. My dad has been helping me with a lot of my college stuff. He believes the degree will help me with anything in the future.”
And the future looks to be bright for the soon-to-be former cadet.
“Diego is a local star from Roswell,” ‘Hounds coach Kelley Lee said. “We recruited him out of Goddard High School and are excited to get another chance … He did everything but drive the bus for coach White at Goddard and has continued to develop into a very good player at NMMI.
“He has made plays at both the high school and junior college level and with his work ethic and natural ability, we expect that to continue as a Greyhound.”