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Summit High School’s Roggasch signs letter of intent

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FARMER’S KORNER ” After playing four varsity seasons ” and four different positions ” for the Summit High football team, senior Talon Roggasch signed a national letter of intent to play football at Chadron State College, Wednesday.

“It’s been my dream ever since I knew what it was,” Roggasch said of playing college ball.

The decision for the Tigers’ all-purpose player came down to Chadron State and Colorado State University in Pueblo, both NCAA Division II schools. Keeping his future ” with and without football ” in mind, Roggasch chose the smaller, rural Nebraska school becuase of its academic opportunities.

“I chose Chadron because I had a little more confidence in their program and eduction system,” he said, “and the structure that their coaches provide in terms of monitoring their grades and setting up tutors and study halls for them.

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“The (education) factors were real important to me. I’ve had some issues with turning stuff in and getting stuff done, so having that structure will be very beneficial to me.”

Summit head football coach and former Chadron State Eagle from 1991-94 Dylan Hollingsworth couldn’t help but feel proud as he saw Roggasch sign to play at the next level.

“Talon is one of those kids … that I’ve had for the last four years that I wanted to see go on and play,” Hollingsworth said. “It’s a huge sense of pride, not only for me, but for the coaching staff and program as a whole.”

A two-year starter at quarterback as a freshman and sophomore for the Tigers, Roggasch led Summit to an undefeated regular season in 2006, before switching to tailback and wide receiver for his final two seasons. He also played safety on defense.

At Chadron, Roggasch is expected to be used an inside receiver.

“The move of Talon moving to running back and slot (receiver) are going to be very beneficial to him in the long run,” his former coach said. “I think he’s going to have a very successful college career.”

Roggasch, who was born in Chadron and lived there breifly when he was younger, made up his mind late Sunday night after discussing his options with his family. The decision didn’t come easily, though.

“They are opposite towns,” Roggasch said of Chadron and Pueblo. “Chadron’s a small town and Pueblo is a city, so it depends on how you feel. On my visit, I just felt like I was a better fit (at Chadron). I didn’t feel out of place.”

Having been a former collegiate player, Hollingsworth said that his job as a coach isn’t to tell kids where to go to school but to help guide them through the process.

“You need to not only be able to pay somewhere, but to be somewhere that you can see yourself for the next four or five years,” Hollingsworth said. “If something happens and you can’t play football, where do you want to be? What school do you want to attend?”

And that’s the advice Roggasch took to heart.

He plans to major in recreational management.

Though academics may have been the focus of his decision, Roggasch will play for arguably the top program in the Rocky Mountain Athletice Conference. Chadron State has won the RMAC title the previous three seasons.

“The nice thing about Chadron is they are a contender every year,” Hollingsworth said. ” … He’s going to a very successful program with very good coaches.”

Though Roggasch was the only Tiger player to fax in a letter of intent on national signing day, Hollingsworth is expecting as many as eight more Summit seniors to be on college football rosters next fall.

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