By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
WAUKOMIS, Okla. —
Talk about trying new things.
Tyler Terrel made a name for himself as an 8-Man running back, plowing his way to 1,004 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season.
He’ll trade the 8-Man tag for 11-Man and the running back role for one primarily as a linebacker next season at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., making it official at a Wednesday signing event in Waukomis.
“It’s really close to home, and they gave me a good offer,” Terrel said before the ceremony that included a cake and a stuffed cat, both in honor of Southwestern’s mascot, the Moundbuilders. “My dream is to play college football, and they’re giving me the chance to do it.”
The switch to full-time linebacker from running back, where Terrel earned All-District Honors in B-1 and All-Northwest honors from area coaches should give Terrel a chance to make an impact sooner rather than later.
“I just want playing time, honestly,” he said.
Terrel made his choice last week during his final visit to Winfield, choosing Southwestern College over Hastings College in Hastings, Neb.
“I love the campus (at Southwestern),” said Terrel, who plans to go into sports medicine after graduation. “It’s really nice, and there’s a lot of family atmosphere there.”
He’ll join a Moundbuilders team that finished 4-7 last season, 3-6 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play.