Football seniors decide on schools
It's been a busy time of the year for Eudora High School senior football players who have ambition to play at the next level.
Dustin Moyer, who received all-state honors on both offense and defense and who hopes to play defensive end in college, signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Washburn University in Topeka.
"I visited Washburn before the break and I really liked their coach," Moyer said.
Moyer visited other schools, including Emporia and Pittsburg state universities.
When Moyer visited Pittsburg earlier this year he spent some time with former teammate Zac Tyler, now a red-shirt freshman with the Gorillas.
"I went up and he was actually my host player," Moyer said of Tyler. "Their stadium and facilities are awesome."
Kansas University assistant coach Clint Bowen contacted Moyer about the opportunity to walk on the Jayhawks squad, but Moyer declined.
Moyer has been getting ready for the next level by attending an after school weightlifting program run by Eudora High School football coaches Ty Pattison and Joe Hanna instead of playing basketball. He said he hadn't missed varsity basketball as much as he thought he would.
"I thought I might miss it, but I enjoy the extra time in the weight room," he said.
Pyle, a running back in football and a shortstop in baseball, still harbors ambitions of playing both sports in college. He's already visited Baker University in Baldwin, Benedictine College in Atchison, MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, and Hutchinson Community College.
Pyle has also planned a visit to Grinnell College in Iowa and is still considering Beloit (Wis.), McAllister (Minn.), Fort Hays State in Hays, and Coffeyville Community College.
Pyle would like to play both sports at all of the mentioned schools except Hutchinson, where he'd focus on baseball with the possibility of moving on to a Division I program.
"I liked the campus at Baker a lot but I don't know if I want to be too close to home," Pyle said. "I liked the coaching staff and they have a real good winning tradition (at MidAmerica)."
Pyle keeps in touch with former Eudora running back Brian Harris, now a sophomore at Benedictine.
"I talked to Brian Harris for about 20 minutes and he just talked about how much he liked it there."
Still, Pyle knows the competition to be a Ravens running back is fierce.
"I've heard they've got something like 25 running backs on campus," Pyle said. "I'd like to go somewhere I can step up and play in a year or two."
Pyle said he's heard good things about the academics at Grinnell, Beloit, and McAllister. If he visits Beloit, he'll try to touch base with former Eudora offensive lineman Jason Marmon, who played for the Buccaneers as a freshman.
Senior lineman Joe Born and running back Tyler Jackson visited Coffeyville Community College together.
"Coffeyville was a pretty good place," Born said. "Their stadium is cool and their gear is pretty sweet."
Born, who hopes to play defensive line in college, is also considering Baker University, Butler County Community College, and Highland Community College.
Jackson signed a letter of intent Feb. 5 with Coffeyville. He is looking at the possibility of advancing to Division I after two years.