Junior running back and wide receiver Maleek Barkley has left Lake Travis and transferred to Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. Cavaliers head coach Hank Carter confirmed that Barkley no longer attends the school.
Barkley earned all-district honors as a kick returner last season and ranked second on the team in receptions (55) and third in rushing yards (617). The junior turned in his best performance in the third-round playoff game against Waco Midway, rushing for 197 yards and scoring three touchdowns on just 11 carries. The Cavaliers trounced the Panthers 55-14 in that contest.
Barkley continued to shine throughout the postseason and played another stellar game in the 49-21 Class 6A Division II semifinal win over Mansfield. Against the Tigers, the running back carried 10 times for 117 yards and caught three passes for 98 yards. He also scored three touchdowns on a 73-yard run and two receptions of 52 and 38 yards.
“I’m so proud of Maleek,” Carter told the Austin American-Statesman after the game. “He keeps getting better and better each week.”
Barkley will return to Texas for Bishop Gorman’s 2016 season opener. The Gaels, who haven’t lost a game since October 2013, travel to Cedar Hill for a encounter on August 27 televised by ESPN. Texas A&M fans will get the opportunity to see Aggie-bound Tate Martell who quarterbacks for the Gaels.