CENTRAL, TX (KTRE) – His parents thought he would get a baseball or basketball scholarship until two years ago.
Now 17-year-old Justin Williams is on his way to Trinity Valley Community College on a rodeo scholarship.
The Central teen decided to give team roping and saddle bronc riding a shot after sitting in church one day. So his pastor, a former pro bareback rider, started coaching him.
"I said look, this is going to take a hundred horses," said Pastor of Cross Timbers Cowboy Church Ford Adkins. "I said you're going to hit the ground, you're going to hit the fences. I said it's going to be a very frustrating process, but I said if you can get through the hundred horses, I promise you some success is right around the corner, the light will turn on and it did."
"Even after I did it, even after I started it for the past two years I never thought it would get me anywhere at all," explained Williams.
Williams wants to study agriculture in college and plans to go pro.