William Chrisman quarterback Dawson Herl had a strong connection with wide receiver Tre’Vaughn Sisco during the 2018 season.
Sisco caught 20 of Herl’s passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns, leading the team. Herl and Sisco have played football on the same team since eighth grade, and after Wednesday, they likely will have four more years to show off their connection on the gridiron.
Sisco and Herl signed their letters of intent to play football at Missouri Southern State University. Also signing letters were Jadyn Williams (Northwestern College, football), Seth Gossett (Central Methodist, baseball) and Camryn Holloman (Central Missouri, track and field).
Sisco said he’s looking forward to playing with Herl for four more years.
“I decided first and Dawson decided to follow me,” Sisco said. “It will be fun playing football with him again. I am looking forward to it.”
Sisco said he felt comfortable when he visited the university.
“I had a couple other options, but (Missouri Southern) felt like home to me,” he said. “Whether I redshirt or not, I will be happy with it. I am going for educational purposes. Football is second.”
Sisco’s commitment was a major selling point for Herl.
“It made the decision a lot easier,” said Herl, who had 1,150 passing yards and 12 TDs this season and 126 yards rushing and five scores. “I am already going down there knowing somebody.
“I had some offers from some (NAIA) schools and talked to Fort Hays State a little bit, but nothing that really caught my eye like Missouri Southern. I want to redshirt so I can work on getting better and learn the system. Then I want to compete for the starting spot in a couple of years.”
Williams was one of four Chrisman football players to sign a letter of intent this school year (safety Kelvyn Mason signed with Missouri State in December). He said he knew he wanted to go to Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, after his visit.
“When I went there Saturday, I was comfortable with the brotherhood they showed me and the hospitality,” Williams said. “I felt like it was a good fit for me, and so did my family.”
Williams, who Chrisman coach Matthew Perry said was “an undersized offensive/defensive lineman” at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, will transition to a outside linebacker in college.
“Playing left tackle, I went against multiple linebackers, so I kind of know my way around it,” Williams said. “And I have a little bit of experience playing there.”
Perry added that his signees were more than just football players.
“They are all great young men and put the student in student-athlete,” Perry said. “They are leaders and have been in student council and all kinds of different stuff.”
Holloman also has been a leader. She is a staple of the girls track and field program. Last season, she finished ninth in the long jump at state (17 feet, 1.75 inches) and third in the triple jump (36 feet, 8 inches), earning her all-state honors. She said she will be competing in the triple jump at Central Missouri. But she still has her senior season ahead of her this spring.
“That’s been the goal for four years,” Holloman said of taking first at state in the triple jump. “Hopefully this year I will actually make it.”