Posted On: 11/7/20 1:07 PM

All it took was a visit to Bethel University in St. Paul, MN to convince 2021 Albuquerque (NM) Atrisco Heritage outside linebacker Chris RiosChrisRios6'1" | LBAtrisco Heritage | 2021StateNM that he had found the perfect place to play his college football.

Rios announced his commitment to the Div. III school on Thursday afternoon in the middle of his visit there, choosing the Royals over offers from Oberlin, Kenyon, University of the South, Hamline, Carthage, Concordia, Hiram, US Merchant Marine Academy and US Coast Guard Academy.

“Talking to the coaches and the players and actually getting the opportunity to visit there, that’s what really made me commit,” Rios told Prep Redzone New Mexico. “Just seeing it for myself. Seeing the type of people they have there and seeing what it takes to be a winning program, I just knew I was meant to be there. Seeing how much the coaches and the players loved each other and how much of a tightknit group they were was absolutely amazing.”

Rios had already built a strong relationship with the Bethel coaches before his visit to the campus, and experiencing the campus and environment around the football program sealed the deal.

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