Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pair of Bulldogs sign with Hutch CC to play football

March 17, 2011

Josh Hoffman and Tyler Schneider will remain teammates after they graduate from Baldwin High School in two months.

The pair of BHS football seniors signed letters of intent to play next year at Hucthinson Community College. They signed those letters last month to continue their football careers.

“They will really enjoy each other down there,” coach Mike Berg said. “They know what kind of player the other is and it sounds like one will play on defense and the other on offense. They might even be going against each other sometimes in practice.”

They are both excited about the opportunity to be teammates for two more years at HCC.

“It’s really going to be nice having Tyler at Hutch with me, because we are pretty good friends,” Hoffman said. “We have been playing football with each other for six years now and I want next year to be number seven. We have worked through some hard workouts together and i am going to need his help in Hutch to keep going.”

Schneider also admitted they have been teammates for many years and it won’t change in the fall of 2011.

“Josh and I go back to sixth grade playing ball together,” he said. “It’s going to be a great time going to Hutch with him. We've had some pretty good memories over the past several years and I can't to make some more.”

Their coach was thrilled two of his former players will be continuing their careers fairly close to home. He also acknowledged the successful senior seasons that both players had this fall.

“They both had great years,” Berg said. “We will miss them both immensely. Josh was our go-to guy as he led us in rushing, receiving and he even threw the ball a little bit. He was our punter and kicker. He did it all. Tyler was phenomenal up front on our offensive line. He was part of one of our best offensive lines. They will both really be missed.

“It says a lot about our team,” he said. “Those guys prepared themselves and worked really hard in the offseason. That carries over. They physically dominated opposing players. College coaches are going to notice that. Their work ethic helped them get recruited, too.”

Hoffman and Schneider both received interest from several colleges in the state. Ultimately, it came down to which school they enjoyed the most and both decided on HCC.

“I decided on Hutch, because of how the campus is located in the center of Hutchinson,” Schneider said. “Also, the program has a winning record for the past couple years and the coach's made a really good impression.”

Hoffman noticed other things about the school and took advice from a former Bulldog, David Tuley.

“Hutch just has a really nice looking field, weight room and they also had really nice buildings,” he said. “The staff at Hutch was awesome and I liked what I heard from the players and one of our former players David Tuley had nothing but good things to say about Hutch. So I just thought it was going to be the best fit for me.”

Berg always gives his players one piece of advice when choosing a college and he felt like Hoffman and Schneider listened.

“The advice I give my players is ‘go visit the school and your heart is going to tell you,’” Berg said. “They both liked the facilities and the coaching staff. It felt right for both of them.”

Next year, both players will no longer be Bulldogs, they will be Blue Dragons.

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