Riverton’s Larison signs to play football at Northeastern State

Larison is a 2x all-state player

RIVERTON, Ks. – Riverton senior, Derek Larison, signs today to play football at Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

“I went down there for a visit and it just felt like home.” Larison says. “Everything felt like normal. I loved the coaches, the people and everyone around me. I just felt like it was the place to be. I am so happy with where I ended up. It’s a great place. It’s a great college. I’m excited to get things going and see where it goes.”

Larison will play linebacker for the Riverhawks.

“My first goal is to get on the field by next year and start playing as a freshman,” Larison says. “Hopefully, I can build up and be a really good player in the future.”

He’s excited to play in the MIAA and represent Kansas.

“I’ve been able to meet a few of the players,” Larison says. “There’s one kid from Baxter. Other than that, I’m the only Kansas kid that has signed this year. It’s cool, I’m going to be the person representing Kansas. It’s cool to know the people from Riverton can go to some of the games without driving a whole lot.”

Larison is a 2x all-state player. This past season, as a senior, the Rams were regional champs, falling to Rossville in the state sectionals.

“The coaches have had a huge part in helping me,” Larison says. “They’ve grown me into a great player and a great person. They’ve all tried their best to get the team to where it’s been and hopefully it sticks around and gets to be a really good program in the future.”