Kollin Goering and Ben Nikkell from the McPherson High School football team decided to stay local and commit to play at McPherson College.

Goering and Nikkell are the only two Bullpups who have decided stay in McPherson and play for the Bulldogs because of the hometown discount that comes with it. They are familiar with the campus and have been playing at McPherson Stadium throughout their high school career.

“They really have a nice campus. I will be staying on the same field and same town. It’s small so everything is close. So you don’t have to walk that far. It’s also really pretty too and it’s a good time,” Goering said.

Prior to their signings, both players looked at the other schools considering them. When the Bulldogs showed interest in them, it became clear for the seniors that playing for McPherson was the right fit for them.

“We really got into it. When we decided we wanted to go there, it was a decision point for him and I too. We both wanted to go there and it’s going to be nice to have a teammate to play in the same college,” Goering said.

“We just kind of talked about what schools really wanted us and Mac was pushing to get us and they wanted us. We talked about what we could do if we went there. I think we both got excited about it,” Nikkell said.

Other than having a teammate on campus, Bulldogs head coach Paul Mierkiewicz also played a role in the decision. Mierkiewicz will be going into his fourth year as head coach at McPherson College.

Last season, the Bulldogs finished the year at 3-7 overall. Nikkell and Goering enjoyed talking with Mierkiewicz and were sold on him and the direction the football program is heading.

“He just wants us to go out there and compete. He pretty much is getting that program on the right track and he just wants us to get out there and have fun doing it, be good to our family and be a good citizen and go out there and play football,” Nikkell said.

Goering, who played middle linebacker for the Bullpups, started every game last season and recorded 74 total tackles. He’s expected to play the same position at the next level. Nikkell played both wide receiver and defensive back throughout his high school career. Last season, he played in all 12 games. On offense, he averaged 12.8 yards per game and scored 5 touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 31 tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss. The Bullpups finished the year 10-2, only making the semifinals in the Class 4A tournament, where they lost to Andale High School 20-13.

Mason Alexander just announced on Thursday via Twitter that he has committed to play college basketball for William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

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