Andric McGill is getting in on the ground floor.
The McPherson High senior All-State soccer standout and Kansas’ all-time leading goal scorer signed a letter of intent with Ottawa University-Arizona on Wednesday, a new school in Surprise, Ariz.
“I want to be able to play right out of the gates,” McGill said. “It will be brand new this year.”
McGill was a four-year standout for the Bullpups, but his last two years were stunning. He scored 37 goals as a junior, one off Nick Torres’ school record, then came back as a senior with 36 despite being the focus of every opposing defense, along with his running mate Patrick Munsey, who earlier signed with Dordt College in Iowa.
With 13 goals as a freshman and 15 as a sophomore, McGill scored 101 career goals. He was a three-time All-State selection and earned AVCTL honors in each of his four years.
“Andric has been the most athletically gifted player I have coached in my 7 years at the high school,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “I’m really happy to see him going on to the next level to continue playing as he is no doubt going to continue to be a prolific goal scorer wherever he plays. He had the ability to make something out of nothing while playing and scored some incredible goals in his career. We are definitely going to miss him next season and will be a bit of an adjustment for the team to lose a player like him.”
McGill said between now and the fall, he’s going to be doing a lot of training, including ballhandling touches and a lot of running. He was part of some tremendous MHS teams, though the Bullpups could never quite get to the top of the mountain in his career.
“We had a lot of good games and I made a lot of friends playing soccer,” McGill said.
He’s also a standout in track and field. He’s been one of the better high jumpers and long jumpers in Class 4A this season.
McGill will major in business administration.