OAKLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) In dramatic fashion, Oakley football player Austin Bedke chose Carroll over College of Idaho, Dordt and Rocky Mountain.
He visited the campus with his parents over the weekend after hearing from the team on Wednesday.
Bedke said, "I was looking at Rocky Mountain or College of Idaho to sign, then Carroll called and it was kind of a last minute thing, but it was awesome."
Bedke has never played on the JV team and even in the early moments when he faced stronger competition, coach Kade Craner knew there was something special about him.
The all-state linebacker holds school records for most tackles in a season and career tackles as well.
He says that Carroll is pretty deep at linebacker, but ready to gain some experience.
We spoke with Craner and Bedke on how athletes like Leighton Vander Esch are paving the way for small town football players to make a name for themselves.
"A lot of kids at these small schools have a similar story to him and I think as they get the opportunity to show what they can do, hopefully you'll see more Leighton Vander Esch's out there," explained Craner.
Bedke exclaimed, "eight man athletes are something else." He added, "they play both sides of the ball. It's good that we are finally getting recognized and there are kids that get to play past high school."
Bedke marks the second football signing at Oakley this year, as Jake Pulsipher inked with Rocky Mountain College last week.
On whether or not Pulsipher is upset that Bedke is not joining him at Rocky, Bedke said, "I think he's a little bitter, but I think he's excited to play each other."