Farmington's Rasmussen signs with ENMU

Farmington senior to play soccer for the Greyhounds this fall

Jake Newby
Surrounded by his parents and high school head coach Byron Farnsworth, left, Farmington's Peyton Rasmussen signs his commitment Wednesday at Farmington High School to play soccer at the University of Eastern New Mexico.

FARMINGTON – Farmington High School senior Peyton Rasmussen will make his way to Portales later this year after committing to the University of Eastern New Mexico on Wednesday to play soccer.

Rasmussen signed his commitment letter at FHS. The Scorpions defender attended a soccer camp at ENMU last summer and has kept in touch with Greyhounds coach Paul Tate ever since.

Oterro Junior College in Colorado showed some interest in Rasmussen earlier this year, but the senior said he preferred to go to ENMU. He said he admires the way the coaching staff holds players accountable.

"I just like the coaches there. It's pretty clear they care about discipline, and they don't take any crap from anybody," Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen scored four goals and added nine assists during his senior season with Farmington, which aren't bad numbers for a defender. FHS coach Byron Farnsworth said Rasmussen rarely got the glory when the Scorps (15-5-2 in 2015) succeeded, but he was still pivotal to the team's success.

"He's never been flashy, but he'll absolutely put his heart on the line for the guys around him," Farnsworth said. "That's one of the things that has always been so appealing about him, is his work rate. He's just a great kid and a great guy to have on your team."

Rasmussen is still very raw, Farnsworth said. The coach said he thinks Rasmussen's success at the college level will depend on how hard he works.

"He's not very refined, and I think that's the exciting thing about him," Farnsworth said. "It's really going to be in his hands. He can be a big asset wherever he's needed in that program."

Competing in the Lone Star Conference, the NCAA Division II Greyhounds went 6-8-2 in 2015. Rasmussen said he knows the college game will bring a faster pace, and he's already working to be in the best shape he can be in by the time the season rolls around.

"Coach Tate sent me a training packet to do throughout the summer," Rasmussen said. "It starts July 10 and goes through Aug. 8. I'm excited to get on it and get ready."

Rasmussen said he won't be receiving a scholarship from ENMU. He will major in psychology and political science.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.