It looks like Dodge City senior Evan Darville will be wearing red for a little while longer. A three-sport athlete in football, wrestling and track, Darville signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday, agreeing to play football for the FCS Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.
He had received offers from Fort Hays State and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and had visited K-State also.
“I think that I really just fit in southeast Missouri the best, and I felt like it’d be the best fit for me personally,” Darville said.
While visiting SEMO, Darville said there was a point where he and the coaches went into a film room for the defensive line.
“They had gone through my highlight film and picked out certain pieces and compared it to their playing style and just told me how well I’d fit in,” Darville said. “They also had a lot of seniors graduating soon, so I would be getting up there (and) some decent playing time soon.”
Darville finished second at the 6A State Wrestling Tournament in the 285 Weight Division last year, and is a heavy favorite to contend again.
Darville said he thought having wrestling in his background showed coaches that he was a hard worker and that it shows them he doesn’t just settle for one sport.
“I worked hard in wrestling, so they know that I give my all to whatever I do whether it’s wrestling, football, in the weight room, anything like that,” Darville said.
Going forward on the field, Darville said he looks forward to playing other quality opponents.
“Sometimes in high school you don’t really get to face as many quality opponents, but I think at this level I’ll be able to go against lots of good guys,” Darville said.
On the academic side, he said he really looks forward to the Sports Business program.
“(SEMO is) one of the first schools I think they said, in Missouri, that had it,” Darville said. “It’s really something different, and something I would definitely be interested in.”
SEMO is a Div. I school athletically. Wednesday’s signing, he said, was big for more than just him.
“It’s good, not necessarily for just me but for my family,” Darville said. “I don’t have to pay for school at all, and I think that just really helps.”
It also proves everything he has worked for is coming to fruition, he said.
With Wednesday’s signing, Darville’s journey on the football field looks like it’s far from over.