Four members of Perry-Lecompton High’s Class 4A state runner-up have signed college football letters of intent.
Joel Gantz, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end, picked NCAA Div. II power Northwest Missouri State.
“Joel runs incredibly well for a guy his size,” NMSU coach Mel Tjeerdsma said, “and has a tremendous upside for us.”
Also signing with four-year schools were 6-1, 240-pound lineman Caleb Wege, who picked Baker University, and 5-10, 185-pound linebacker Josh Durflinger who is headed to Kansas Wesleyan.
Of Wege, Baker coach Mike Grossner said: “He’s a good athlete who will get bigger.”
Wide receiver Kyle Morgison decided to go the junior college route and chose Coffeyville CC, the school that also signed nine Lawrence high school seniors.
Meanwhile, quarterback Shane Gimzo, the centerpiece of the Kaws’ team that bowed to Topeka Hayden in the 4A title game last November, remains undecided.
“He just wasn’t ready to decide on Wednesday,” P-L coach Mike Paramore said, “but I think it’s down to Baker and Ottawa. He had good visits to both schools.”
Another possible signee is kicker Chakkaphone Artwichai, a native of Thailand who has been on the radar of several junior college coaches.
“I think he’ll land somewhere eventually,” Paramore said.
Perry-Lecompton compiled a 10-4 record in 2008 while making the first trip to a state championship game in school history.