Landen Hirzel made it official on Wednesday morning inside the Guthrie High School library. The senior will continue his football playing days in college after signing with Oklahoma Baptist University.
Surrounded by family, coaches, teammates, and friends, Hirzel signed the official paperwork to become a Bison.
Guthrie head coach Kelly Beeby spoke about Hirzel both on and off the field, including a high grade point average, but the coach focused his attention on Hirzel’s support of special needs students.
“He’s contributed so much time to the most vulnerable portion (of) our school community with our spec ed (special education),” Beeby said. He added that teachers and administrators see his work with the students and are constantly sharing their praise for Hirzel.
On the field, Hirzel moved to linebacker his senior year after starting two years at defensive end for the Jays. The captain also was relied upon for deep snapping duties.
He finished with 149 tackles, 11 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, and 46 quarterback hurries.
For his efforts, Hirzel, the son of Jason and Kelly Hirzel, was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) West All-State and 5A West All-Star teams.
The All-State game will be played in Shawnee at OBU in late July.