The drives home from college were rather lengthy for Shane Huhn. So he opted for a change of scenery to be closer to his family.
The UTEP safety indicated on Thursday that he is transferring to Texas A&M and will walk on to the team when he enrolls this summer. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Huhn said location played a role in his decision.
"I wanted to be closer to home," Huhn said. "I want to spend off weekends and go hang out with [my brother] Erik. It'll be great, because it's only an hour and a half away. El Paso is eight hours away, so I wasn't able to see him as much as I wanted to. It's a good change. It's closer to home and everything's better now."
His brother, class of 2013 safety Erik Huhn (Cibolo, Texas/Steele), signed a letter of intent with Texas in February and will join the Longhorns this summer.
Shane, also a product of Cibolo Steele High, will have to sit out the 2013 season at Texas A&M per NCAA transfer rules. He'll be eligible to compete in games in the 2014 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Huhn played in all 12 UTEP games last fall and started the final eight of the season at strong safety. He finished with 49 tackles (sixth on the team), two interceptions, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
He said he left the Miners on good terms.
"I left on a good note," Huhn said. "I just told them that it had nothing to do with the coaching staff ... it has nothing to do with the football team, I just think it's time for me to have a little change in scenery. They were cool with it, they understood. There were no hard feelings."
Huhn does know a current A&M coach -- special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Jeff Banks was an assistant at UTEP last season.
"I gave him a call to find out what his thoughts were about A&M," Huhn said. "He just told me that it's a great school. It's a great education for starters. I think everyone knows that. He said it's a great opportunity to play football there, with them joining the SEC and everything that's happened with them. He said 'If you want to come here, it's a great opportunity and I think you'll enjoy it a lot.' I took that to heart and thought about it and the possibilities."
"It's a great place to play," Huhn said. "High level competition in the SEC and a great football atmosphere so I'm excited to be a part of it."