The wheels of the 2020-2022 University Interscholastic League (UIL) realignment process have begun to hit the pavement.
On Friday, every member school of the UIL turned in their enrollment numbers so the governing body of public school athletics in Texas can then begin to set the realignment process in motion.
With the numbers turned in, the UIL will then set the cutoff numbers for all six classifications, including the division I and division II cutoffs in football for classes 5A to 1A.
On Friday, Poteet turned in an enrollment of 448 students, athletic coordinator and head football coach Darby House confirmed to the Pleasanton Express. Based on the 2018-2020 cutoff number of 504 — which is expected to rise as it does each realignment — the Poteet Aggies will drop from Class 4A to 3A.
With the UIL splitting the football classifications, their current snapshot number would put the Aggies in Class 3A Division I based on the cutoff numbers from the last realignment window.
While the focus in each realignment is normally football, House sees this move as a benefit across the board.
“It helps all the other sports as well,” he said in a text on Friday.
The move puts the Aggies on a level playing field with schools closer to their actual size. He says the drop to 3A will help make Poteet ultra competitive in every sport.
Poteet was the only school that saw this big of a change. Charlotte saw the second biggest drop in students with 135 reported on Friday, a drop of 15 students.
Pleasanton reported an enrollment of 1,019, an increase of nine students. Jourdanton had an increase of three students to 446.
This story will be updated for Wednesday’s print edition.