By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
Two Mt. Pleasant seniors signed their letters of intent on Wednesday morning to play football at the next level.
Both Kieran Kohorst and Brody McGhghy signed in front of friends, family and coaches at the Mt. Pleasant High School library.
Kohorst, a tight end/defensive end in high school signed on with Drake University. He will be playing defensive end but is also available for other roles, saying coaches may use him as an athlete.
Kohorst will be studying law, stating that his dream job would be a sports agent. He says his decision was easy, as he has had Drake at the top of the list since before the high school season even started.
?It wasn?t too hard to make because I was committed to go there even before the fall,? Kohorst said. ?I was ready to go there just as a student. It just felt like the right place to be, so once football came in, there wasn?t a lot to think about.?
Along with being Mt. Pleasant?s second-leading receiver in the football season, Kohorst is also a big part of the top-ranked Panther basketball team. He says his love for football has grown over his high school career, which led him to picking it over basketball for his sport of the future.
?At the beginning of my high school career I thought I was going to play basketball just because it always came more natural to me,? Kohorst said. ?But it kind of shifted in my sophomore year when I started getting varsity minutes. I started working at it more in the offseason and started to really enjoy it more.?
Coach Shawn Striegel was on hand to see the signing. He says Kohorst?s mix of size, speed and work ethic will benefit him at the next level.
?Well, first of all he is a talented kid (and) he has a great range as far as his frame,? Striegel said. ?But most importantly, he?s a hard worker and a great leader. You could see it in games, when things were on the line he could step up and make plays for us.?
McGhghy, a running back, shredded defenses early in the 2017 season before suffering a knee injury. His recent history of knee injuries actually helped him find a passion, as he will be studying Biology at Grandview with the ultimate goal of going into physical therapy.
McGhghy also played defensive back for Mt. Pleasant. He says he would like the ball in his hands, but will be ready for whatever position he ends up in.
?I prefer offense,? McGhghy says. ?I like getting the ball (and) scoring a touchdown would be pretty cool, but just to play college football at any position is fine. Just to get playing time on the field would be the best.?
McGhghy led the team in rushing yards despite playing in just three games in 2017. He was also the team?s fourth-leading rusher.
Coach Striegel says McGhghy?s past ACL injuries might be a blessing in disguise when his college career starts, stating he may have stronger ACLs because of it. He also looked back on what his senior back gave to the program offensively.
?He led our team in all-purpose yards in the first three games and I think he still led the team at the end of the season. He was definitely the heartbeat of the offense.?