BRAWLEY — As the college football 2019 season comes to an end after next week’s National Championship Game between LSU and Clemson, for many in the college ranks the hard work is just beginning, as athletes completing the season and looking toward the NFL draft continue grinding en route to accomplishing their dream. 2015 Brawley Union High Graduate Adkin “Nico” Aguirre is one of these Athletes.
After spending time on the JV Squad and then floating up for the last few games his sophomore season at Brawley High, where he spent time learning the Wildcat system offensively and defensively, Adkin Aguirre came on strong his junior year and was chosen for the Heisman West Award. During that year, offensively, he was 50 yards short of 1,000 yards in which he had three 100 yard plus games and another two yards short of the century mark. His biggest game came on an incredible 217 yards on 20 carries. Scoring 10 touchdowns, one of which was an interception return while on defense. His junior year brought much anticipation for his senior year in 2014.
Adkin’s senior season was marred by a left ulna bone injury that led to a lingering collar bone and kept him out of the middle games of the season. When he was on the field, Aguirre provided one of the most talked about highlights of Wildcat history. In Brawley game versus Valley Center, an interception and return for a 95-yard touchdown was a key moment for defeating the Jaguars that year. Dashing along the visitor’s sideline was a 21-point differential in a game the wildcats would win by one touchdown, 35-28. Injury would sideline him after this game but return for the Bell Game. Scoring the first touchdown for the Wildcats in the traditional rivalry game, in which he had limited play. The touchdown provided a crucial six points in the 25-21 come-from-behind victory over the Central Spartans.
“I loved Brawley football since a little kid and was super excited to get to play when my opportunity came as a junior. Of the two bell games I played in, I scored four times. Those four touchdowns are my favorite memories from my high school career just based on the fact that they were scored in the bell game,” said Aguirre of his time in a blue and gold uniform and playing in the Bell Game.
From beginning his football career under the lights of Warne Field in Brawley, Aguirre has continued his journey through the football ranks on to the state of Idaho to Holt Arena, home of Idaho State Bengals.
While wearing a Bengals uniform, Aguirre developed into a prospect NFL scouts have an eye on, as the Bengals have produced top level NFL talent through the years, including Jared Allen (four time pro bowler, two time NFL leader in sacks), Merrill Hodge (former NFL Player and Football Broadcaster), and former Cincinnati Bengal head coach Marvin Lewis.
In his time at Idaho State, Aguirre has been named to an all-conference team in each of his last two years for the Big Sky Conference, and as a sophomore, earned all American honors in a season in which he tied for first in interceptions for the conference with five picks. Overall in his career for the Bengals, Aguirre has amassed 264 tackles, 25 pass breakups, and nine total interceptions. While success at the college level has been an accomplishment, Aguirre has his sights set on something higher.
“Currently, I’m just focused on working and getting better for my pro day. It’s just another opportunity for me to prove myself. Hopefully, I get a chance at the next level,” said Aguirre as he puts in the work needed to make it to the next level.
As his pro day approaches in March of this year, Aguirre has been spending most of his time in Calabasas working with trainer Travelle Gaines (who works with NFL players such as Dak Prescott and Todd Gurley). Aguirre has continued his journey towards his goal, with only one focus in mind.
“I like the position I’m in because it’s all up to me. I’m gonna be the reason I make it or don’t.”