PITTSBURG — Pittsburg High School had six athletes celebrate signing to college programs in the gymnasium of the high school on Wednesday.
Four members of the football team, Dylan White, Dylan Jordan, Jerek Butcher, and Peyton Steele, along with softball athlete Aubree Beitzinger and Pittsburg baseball’s Bentley Boekhout, signed to collegiate programs.
Outside linebacker Dylan Jordan, who was a terror for a opposing backfieds throughout his senior season for the Purple Dragons, signed his letter of intent to play for Texas Christian University.
“The head coach at TCU recruited my father to Pittsburg State when he was in high school, so there was a connection there,” said Jordan. “As soon as I visited the campus and met with the coaching staff, it immediately felt like home.”
Linebacker Jerek Butcher, who has been credited for over 200 tackles during the past two seasons, signed to play for Kansas University.
“I was originally looking at Pittsburg State and Central Missouri, but then I got a call from KU and I felt a connection early. To me KU represents the best that college athletics has to offer, so it wasn’t a hard decision.”
Lineman Peyton Steele, who was slated to start on both the offensive and defensive line this past year before an injury cut his senior season short, signed to play at Fort Scott Community College.
“I’m really excited to play football at the next-level. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and I will always keep the memories that I made with my teammates in the weight room and on the football field.” said Steele.
Purple Dragon Aubree Beitzinger, who played softball for a traveling team out of Kansas City, signed to play at Drake University.
“When I went through my recruiting process, I didn’t want to be a flight away from home,” said Beitzinger. “With Drake, I have the chance to play for a great program, that is still only a five-hour drive from home.”
Pittsburg’s Bentley Boekhout, after playing in the outfield and pitching in his prep career, signed to play baseball at LIU-Brooklyn. Boekhout is expected to transition to first base for the Blackbirds.
“It’s definitely an exciting opportunity, and I want to thank my family and friends that have been with me throughout my journey.” said Boekhout. “I’ve glad to see all the hard-work I’ve put in pay dividends, and I’m grateful for the chance to see another part of the country.”
Dylan White, big-play wide receiver and special-teams returner for the Purple Dragons football team, decided to stay close to home and sign to play for Pittsburg State University. After being named “Sports in Kansas” 4A Offensive Player of the Year, White will have the opportunity to earn playing time on a Pittsburg State roster that’s brimming with talent.
“All the hard-work is paying off.” said White. “The recruitment process is long, with a lot of different schools reaching out, but to finally land on Pittsburg State, a school that feels like home with an amazing program and coaching staff, is an exciting feeling.”