McPherson High’s Jack Reifschneider has never been afraid of hard work.
Reifschneider will be joining the Fort Hays State football team as a walk-on this fall, with the opportunity to earn a scholarship.
Given Reifschneider’s pedigree, there’s no doubt he’ll earn it.
Reifschneider made his pledge to Fort Hays State official during a signing ceremony in the MHS Little Theatre on Wednesday, which is National Signing Day.
“Right when I met (head) coach (Chris) Brown, I really liked him,” said Reifschneider, a first-team All-State wide receiver and punt returner. “He really let me know how good of a program they are building and they are really on the rise. I really think they’ll be a national contender in a few years.”
Fort Hays State is coming off an 8-4 season.
Reifschneider was especially outstanding his last two years as a Bullpup, earning AVCTL first-team honors. He always seemed to be at his best in big games and had a knack of the big touchdown catch or punt return. He excelled on defense as well as a cornerback, though he said the Fort Hays staff wants him to concentrate on offense and the return game.
Playing for MHS head coach Jace Pavlovich, a former Tiger standout himself, he has learned about all the ins and outs of the program.
“Coach Pav, you could tell he really wanted me to go there,” Reifschneider said.
“On paper, Jack looks impressive but he doesn't stand out as an elite player,” Pavlovich said. “Once he gets the pads on, he shines. Jack went to Fort Hays and worked out for their staff last week and immediately impressed them. Words cannot describe what he can do on a football field. If Jack keeps improving and working hard, he can do some great things in a highly competitive MIAA.”
Reifschneider also is expected to be one of the top baseball players in Class 4A this spring as he earned league honors last season and helped MHS to a second-place state finish two years ago. In addition to pitching, Reifschneider used his football pass-catching skills to develop into one of the best defensive center fielders in the state, making highlight-reel catches.
He also has been a mainstay for the McPherson American Legion program in the summer as he was a star pitcher for the 2015 state championship team.
“I still have the door open, but right now my main focus is football,” he said.
Reifschneider will major in education.