Brandon Yowell made it official on Wednesday at the McPherson High School Library as he will continue on his track and field career at Emporia State University.
Emporia State showed the most interest in the Bullpup's top sprinter since last December. While he had other small schools in the Kansas area that were interested in him, Yowell was already leaning toward ESU.
"I kind of knew I wanted to be there, but I wanted to keep my options open," Yowell said. "Finally, I just decided that's where I wanted to be."
What won Yowell over is the family-like atmosphere he received after making his visit. Being that it is a small college town, it reminded him of McPherson.
"When I came, they ate lunch with me when I was there," Yowell said. "They were kind of like here (McPherson). We do everything as a family here, and I'm glad it's going to carry over there."
Yowell is the second athlete to sign with the Hornets. Aren Trost recently committed there back in late February. Yowell has been having a successful senior season in the 100, 200 and in the 4x100, which included Gage Shook, Jace Kinnamon and Talyn Huff. Kinnamon also plans on walking on for the Hornet's football team. Yowell will continue to compete as a short sprinter with likely to run in the 100 and 200 for the Hornets.
"He has proved that he is an elite sprinter in the state of Kansas, and they can't let that kid go, so they pulled the trigger," Bullpup's Head Coach Jace Pavlovich said.
Pavlovich coached Yowell in not only in the track, but the football field as well. Yowell played cornerback, wide receiver and return specialist. Pavlovich described what the Hornets are going to get in Yowell.
"They are going to get an unselfish kid that only wants what's best for the team, and he's going to do everything and anything he can to get it done for the team," Pavlovich said. "I've seen it for all four years that the kid would show up, work hard and do whatever it takes to get that win. That's going to translate into college."
Yowell still has unfinished business this season as he and the rest of the Bullpups will travel down to Wichita Northwest High School on Friday for the Class 5A Regionals, beginning at 2 p.m.
Yowell plans to major in Sports Management with the chance of running his own sports agency one day.
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