After four season of leading the Riley County Falcons at quarterback, and countless honors along the way, Bryce Chavis is ready to go to the next level.
The Riley County senior announced his commitment on Wednesday, choosing to play at Butler Community College next season.
Chavis passed for 1,159 yards and six touchdowns this season, while rushing for 1,317 yards and 15 scores. He said making the decision was easy in the end.
“I pretty much decided on the coaching staff and their winning tradition,” he said. “I feel like they can get me where I want to go. It was hard not to go there. I feel like they produce D-I athletes all the time and I feel like I’m at the caliber and they can help me take the step I need to get there.”
Butler defensive coordinator Tim Schaffner handled Chavis’ recruitment, which began last spring.
Chavis said he enjoyed his visits to Butler, and it was easy to speak with him about the recruitment process.
Chavis at one time thought he would be going to Butler to play quarterback, but now says he will play multiple positions for the Grizzlies.
“I’m gonna play receiver, but I’m also gonna play a little wildcat,” he said. “I will basically be the utility guy and do all that’s needed. I like to say to everybody that I’m a football player — I like to do anything I can do to make the team better all-around.
“I think I can be a good player on their offense.”
Chavis said he knows several players at Butler, including former Manhattan running back Ty Suggs and Centralia wide receiver Michael Glatczak, as well as several guys who will be playing there next season.
Chavis said the prospect of playing within an offense that averaged 45 points per game is exciting.
He chose Butler over Emporia State, Washburn, Northwest Missouri State, Hutchinson and the option of walking-on at Kansas State.
Looking back on his high school career, Chavis said it’s a time he will never forget.
“It was great, it was a lot of fun,” he said. “Everyone says Friday night lights are the best and it really was.
“It was a great ride and I’m really excited to start the new chapter of my life.”