One week after athletes across the nation made their decision to sign national letters of intent with football programs across the nation, three Manhattan players made their selections official on Wednesday.
Trey Campbell and Terrale Johnson signed with Hutchinson Community College, while Ty Suggs chose Butler Community College.
Suggs, a three-time All-Flint Hills selection and two-time player of the year, said he chose Butler to place himself among the best competition at the junior college level.
“They always bring in the top athletes and no matter where you go, you are always going to have competition,” he said. “I think it’s the best place to make myself better by going to play against the best competition.”
Suggs said he chose Butler over interest from Hutchinson, and intent to walk-on at Kansas State.
He hopes to use his time at Butler to shore up academics and make it to K-State, hopefully after just one season.
“My senior year of high school, I’ve taken it lightly (academically),” Suggs said. “I didn’t really want to be here because I was ready for the next step, and that hurt me. In college you have to be good there (in academics), because if you aren’t, you can get kicked out of college.”
Suggs said he expects to compete with former Kansas signee and Wichita Heights alum Dreamius Smith for the running-back job.
Campbell is following in the footsteps of his brother Derek by signing with Hutch. He said his brother told him the coaching staff there is good at preparing players for the next level, and that’s the reason why he is going there.
His choice also came down to the Blue Dragons’ depth at linebacker.
“I was going more toward Butler in the beginning, but I found out they have both of their linebackers coming back, and Hutch is losing both of theirs,” he said. “I’m just going somewhere I can play right away.”
Campbell said he looks forward to playing against Suggs when Hutchinson and Butler square off next season.
Johnson, who played guard and tackle for the Indians over the last two seasons, chose to go to Hutch after a recent visit there.
“When I went down on a visit, the city was nice and they showed mad love for us,” he said. “The coaches are pretty cool and they were telling me if I come down there and work right away then I have a pretty good chance of playing right away, so that’s why I made it my choice.”
Johnson said it will be fun to play alongside Campbell at the next level, whom he has played with since third grade.
His ultimate goal while with the Blue Dragons is to help the team reach the top of the junior college ranks.
“I want to win a championship with them and then after that it’s just wherever it takes me,” he said.