Kollin Goering and McPherson College appear to be a match made in heaven.
The Bulldog football team is definitely in need of an upgrade at linebacker and Goering was a first-team AVCTL Division III selection at that position this past fall for a McPherson Bullpup team that advanced to the Class 4A Division I semifinals.
Goering on Monday signed with the Bulldogs to continue his career and he has the size, speed and tenacity to perhaps play right away.
Goering could not be any happier with his choice.
“Coach Merk (Mac head coach Paul Mierkiewicz) is a real cool guy,” said Goering, a 6-2 and 215-pound hitter who combined with Henderson State signee Jayse Alexander to form a devastating 1-2 punch at linebacker. “He's building a good program. I’m excited to stay in town and stay with the fans and play for a good coach and program.”
Goering said the chance to perhaps contribute immediately instead of going to a higher level and perhaps redshirting appealed to him.
“The playing time is exciting, it’s one of the reason I chose them,” he said. “I like my chances of getting some playing time.”
The Bulldogs were 3-7 this past season, but just as last season they lost some close games that perhaps cost them at least a .500 season. However, the Bulldogs have won more games than the previous year in the last two seasons.
“He (Mierkiewicz) is building something good at Mac,” Goering said. “They have gotten better every year.”
“Kollin is physically and mentally as ready to play college football as any player we have ever had,” MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said. “He is as strong, or stronger, than many sophomore or junior athletes at the next level. Kollin also understands scheme and fits defensively. He will be quick to catch on and become a leader for (defensive coordinator) coach (E.J.) Peterson in the future.”