There was one person who Missouri State head football coach Dave Steckel and his staff wanted to help them with recruiting William Chrisman safety Kelvyn Mason to the program.

It was Kelvyn’s sister Kyana, who plays for the Missouri State softball team.

“(Steckel) told her if I didn’t come down there, he told her she had to leave,” Kelvyn Mason said of Steckel’s joke to Kyana.

Turns out she won’t be leaving the Springfield campus.

On Monday, Mason announced via Twitter that he has verbally committed to Missouri State, where he will join Fort Osage quarterback Ty Baker and Lee’s Summit North running back Ontario Russell. He also received offers from South Dakota, Air Force and Western Illinois.

“After all the years of hard work and long conversations with my family, I am excited to announce that I am going to be committing to Missouri State University,” Mason wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to all of the schools that recruited me, those of you who believed in me and those who have helped me along the way! All the glory goes to God! Once a bear always a bear!!”

Mason also wanted to play for a team that was close to where his family lives in Independence.

“It just made things a lot more comfortable and easier for me to go down there,” Mason said of joining his sister at Missouri State. “I wanted to be close to my family, so if I ever needed to come home for a short period of time, I could.

“The coaches down there also had a lot of energy, which is something that I am big on.”

Chrisman head coach Matthew Perry was excited for Kelvyn’s commitment.

“I am glad he’s going somewhere close, so we can go watch him play,” he said. “He deserves it. He works hard. He’s a good player and I am glad he’s being recognized for his work on the field and his academics off the field.”

Mason, an all-state defensive back who owns the school record for interceptions in a season with eight in 2016 and 2017 each, likely will play either safety or cornerback at Missouri State.

According to 247sports.com, Mason is a two-star prospect who is the 46th best prospect in Missouri and the 201st ranked safety in the country.

The safety position is one in which Kelvyn has thrived and he’s helped lead the Chrisman defense in all four years as a starter.

“He has great ball skills and lots of interceptions in his career,” Perry said. “He’s always finds a way to get to the ball – whether it’s tackling or getting an interception. That’s what teams are looking for.”

And Mason hopes to accomplish something at Missouri State that he did at Chrisman – start all four years.

“They told me I can do that if I put in the work,” he said. “I just need to go there with the right mindset.”