Layton Christian football player Tiznado signs with Hastings College

Tuesday , May 08, 2018 - 3:54 PM

People waved at Kolbie Tiznado when he and his family drove into Nebraska. That said a lot, and it pretty much said enough.

The Layton Christian Academy senior signed a football/academic scholarship to play at Hastings College, an NAIA school located in Hastings, Nebraska, a bit more than an hour west of Lincoln.

The people waving gave off a very friendly feel to the town and the state, Tiznado said.

“How they make you feel at home, how they made my family feel at home ... they’ll know I’ll be in safekeeping and the education level is very high,” he said.

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Tiznado, a tight end and defensive end for the Eagles last season, also had some college interest from Minnesota-Morris and Willamette.

LCA head coach Dru Jones took his seniors to Valor Christian in Colorado for what was basically a job fair for Division II, D-III, NAIA and junior college football schools.

That’s where Tiznado met the coaches from Hastings, who told him to call them back a couple days later, but ended up texting him the day after and inviting Tiznado to a recruiting trip.

Tiznado and his family then went to Hastings’ spring game this spring.

“(He’s a) great student-athlete for us and he works really hard, he deserves what he gets,” Jones said.

Tiznado recorded 45 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks on defense. He caught 16 passes for 113 yards.

Tiznado is the third Eagles’ player to sign to play college football. Gerrit Sterk and Ryleigh McCombs signed with Dixie State, Jones said.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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