DODGE CITY—Gabe Hoover ended his senior season at McPherson High School as an all-time great at wide receiver, and yet, not one college offered him. Hoover is still determined to play football at the next level as he represents the West team in the 46th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl Football Game in Dodge City on Saturday.
For 12 straight years, a Bullpup is representing McPherson at the Shrine Bowl. Hoover is looking forward to putting on the Bullpup helmet for the last time after being a two-year starter at the varsity level. He's also looking forward to showcasing his skill sets to coaches who are planning to be in attendance in Dodge City.
"None have reached out to me during camp, but I do believe I could a have a solid impact on some coaches during this week," Hoover said.
Hoover was Kyler Hoppes' primary target as he led the Bullpups with 76 catches, 1,315 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Bullpups finished the 2018 season with an 11-1 record and making it to the Class 4A state semifinals for two-straight seasons.
Hoover will be on the same team as Taylon Peters of Salina Central, Isaac Mitchel of Salina South and Travis Theis of Pratt. He is all too familiar with those three throughout his football career.
"There are a few kids on my team that I have played against since like fourth grade and into high school, so it has been a lot of fun to now be on the same side of the ball as them for a change," Hoover said.
Other names on the West team are Caleb Grill from Maize, Ethan Wampler of Smoky Valley and Parker Roth out of Hesston. Tyson Bauerle will be the head coach for the West team.
Hoover's back-up plan if he doesn't play college football is to go to Kansas State University as a full-time student. He either wants to major in mechanical engineering or business finance. Kickoff for the Shrine will begin at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Stadium.
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