GIRARD — Girard’s Evan Troike signed a letter of intent to play football at Pittsburg State University on Wednesday.

“Pitt State has a great program,” said Troike. "They’ve had good seasons the past few years, and they have great facilities. I made a good connection with the coaching staff, which also tied into my decision.”

Troike wowed in his one season on the varsity football team, becoming a big-play threat at both wideout and as a special team returner.

Troike was one of 36 high school athletes to sign for Pittsburg State on Wednesday.

Girard Head Coach Neal Philpot was impressed with how small of a transition it was for Troike, who hadn’t played football since his sixth grade year.

“He picked it up really quickly,” said Philpot. “He’s a high IQ player, so he understands spacing and assignments at a high level. You can see his elite vision on the basketball court, and that same vision helps him excel on the football field.”

“With his combination of intelligence and athletic ability he has the opportunity to have a great career at the next level.” added Philpot.