By BRETT MARSHALL
Several members of The Garden City Telegram's 2011 All-Area football team signed letters-of-intent on Wednesday to play at the collegiate level.
Wednesday was the first day high school players could sign letters at either the junior college or NCAA Divison I or II levels.
But one unsigned player was The Telegram's Player of the Year — Scott City's Colborn Couchman.
Couchman, a 6-2, 210-pound running back-linebacker, was considering offers from Butler Community College, Hutchinson Community College and Dodge City Community College as well as possibly walking on at Kansas State University, according to Scott City head football coach Glenn O'Neil.
But Couchman's fellow teammate, Luke Hayes, along with Josh Jarnagin of Ulysses, Gabe Luna of Garden City, Colten Lissolo of Hugoton, and Eloy Torres of Ulysses did sign.
Hayes and Luna will be going to Butler where they will join former Garden City High School quarterback Cody Bernbeck, who was red-shirted this past season. Hayes was a tight end/defensive end for the Beavers and is one of the top heavyweight wrestlers in Kansas this season, having just recently won the Rocky Welton Invitational in Garden City on Saturday. The 6-5, 255-pound Hayes had said on Saturday that he planned to sign with Butler and O'Neil confirmed that signing took place on Wednesday afternoon.
Luna, who already completed his high school requirements, is already enrolled at Butler and has been attending classes there since the second semester started in early January. The 6-3, 265-pounder, will likely play on the offensive or defensive line.
Lissolo, who just recently played in a prep high school all-star football game in Florida, signed with Hutchinson Community College. Torres, a 5-10, 200-pound lineman, signed with Garden City Community College.
Ulysses quarterback Braden Langston, an honorable mention all-area selection, signed with Hutchinson Community College as well according to Tigers' head coach Jason Kenny.
Garden City High School also had four other players who signed letters on Wednesday.
Signing with Garden City Community College's Broncbusters were lineman Jason Carreon, lineman Miguel Andrade and placekicker Carlos Chavez. GCHS defensive back Asa Gottsponer signed with Dodge City.