PITTSBURG — A dream came true for Max Wilson on Wednesday inside St. Mary’s-Colgan, as he officially signed his letter of intent to play football at Pittsburg State.

Suiting up in the red and yellow as a Gorilla is something Wilson has wanted to do his entire life and spent the past several years working to make his dream a reality.

“This day means the world to me,” Wilson said. “It’s a big step in my life, and to sign with Pitt State is a dream come true for me. I’m just ready to go out there show people what I can do.”

Wilson received offers from several colleges as a result of his standout high school career, but said he couldn’t imagine playing anywhere other than his hometown.

“I looked around and talked to a few other schools, but Pitt State is the school I’ve always been dying to play at,” Wilson said. “For them to come ask me to play and give me a shot is great. I’m just ready to go out there and prove myself.”

Although Wilson shined on Friday nights, he said it’s going to take a lot more hard work to compete at the next level as an outside linebacker.

“I’m just going to keep working on getting bigger, faster and stronger,” Wilson said. “I know the talent in the MIAA is going to be outstanding . There are some freak athletes in that conference, so I know that for me to having a fighting chance, I’m going to have to give my best effort and work as hard as I can.”

Wilson said he has been to many Pitt State football games as a fan and now can’t wait to get on the field as a player.

“There’s nothing like Gorilla Nation,” he said. “It’s great to be out there on game day, and to be apart of that now is amazing. I can’t wait to walk out on the field and experience it as a player.”

— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at jbuckamneer@morningsun.net and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.