Former Carl Junction LB Chase Johnston transferring to Pitt State
Johnston played three years at Kansas State
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Former Carl Junction High School All-State linebacker Chase Johnston is coming back to the 4-state area.
Johnston, who has spent the last four years in Manhattan with the Kansas State football team, has decided to transfer to Pittsburg State and play out his senior year in the crimson and gold.
“With the change in coaching staff at Kansas State I was going to lose my position coach, and basically, I wasn’t going to be seeing as much playing time as I wanted,” Johnston says, “I wanted to be able to showcase my abilities somewhere and be able to finish my senior year the right way at the right place. That place is going to be Pitt State.”
While things didn’t work out at Kansas State, Johnston did spend four years learning from one of the best coaches in the country in Bill Snyder.
“I can’t thank coach Snyder enough for the opportunity he gave me,” adds Johnston, “He’s been nothing but a class act to me and to everybody at Kansas State.”
Johnston will see some familiar faces when he hits the field for the first time at Pitt State. Former Carl Junction teammates Keynan Scheurich (RB), Kaden Brannin (DL) and Zay’Shawn Weston (CB) are also on the PSU roster.
“It’s basically deja vu getting to play with those guys again,” Johnston says of reuniting with his former teammates, “I know our relationship is as close as it used to be. I can’t wait for it to grow more and to get to play with them. I think I’ll have a lot more fun being able to play with them, and hopefully win a championship with them.”
Johnston will be playing linebacker for Pitt State, and he will be coached by former Pitt State linebacker Nate Dreiling, who is entering his second season as Pitt State’s defensive coordinator. Johnson grew up going to Pitt State games, and says Dreiling is a player he tried to model his game after.
“I remember wanting to be just like him. It was like he knew what was going to happen before the ball was snapped,” Johnston says of Dreiling, “I like that he was kind of a blue-collar player. He was underrated like me coming out of high school. It’s an honor to get to wear the Pitt State jersey and to be coached by him and coach (Tim) Beck.”
The 22-year old had a decorated career at Carl Junction High School. He earned Big 8 Defensive Player of the Year honors, was an All-State selection, and earned multiple All-Conference and All-District awards.
Johnston is looking forward to playing his final year of college football at Pitt State. He’ll reunite with old friends, get coached by one of his football idols and maybe biggest of all, he’ll be closer to his family and friends.
“I know I’m going to like it a lot better,” adds Johnston, “When I was in Manhattan I was four hours away, and nobody could spend a whole weekend to make the trip to see me play. Hopefully everyone from Carl Junction can come support me and the team. I know they will. A lot of people have told me how much they loved watching me play in high school and that they can’t wait to watch me again. I can’t think them enough for that.”
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