Butler CC football is next stop for Buehler

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SCHS senior Dalton Buehler, with his parents Darin and Robin Buehler, signs a letter-of-intent to play football for Butler County Community College.

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SCHS senior Dalton Buehler, with his parents Darin and Robin Buehler, signs a letter-of-intent to play football for Butler County Community College.

By Rod Haxton, editor

There was never any doubt in Dalton Buehler’s mind that he would play college football.

The only question was where.

That was answered this week when the Scott Community High School senior signed a letter-of-intent to play for perennial national powerhouse Butler County Community College, El Dorado.

“From the time I was probably in third grade all I’ve thought about was playing college ball,” says Buehler.

It doesn’t get any better than playing for BCCC. The Grizzlies are coming off an 11-1 season in which they were defeated in the national title game by Iowa Western. It’s the second time in three years that BCCC has appeared in the junior college championship game.

Buehler will be taking the step from one of the most successful high school programs in Kansas to the most successful junior college program. During his three varsity seasons the Beavers posted a 35-2 record, including a Class 3A state title in 2012.

The 5-10, 208-pound runningback rushed for 1,898 yards (11.2 yards per carry) and 26 touchdowns during his senior year.

Buehler had been contacted by Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska in addition to Hutchinson CC, Ft. Scott CC and Butler County.

While Buehler had been visiting with college coaches since his sophomore season, he received a lot more notice after participating in the USA Top Prospect Camp in Austin, Tex., this past summer.

“After that camp I started getting a lot more calls, but I wasn’t getting scholarship offers,” says Buehler. “They were wanting me to walk on.”

Butler County has always been at the top of Buehler’s list. That position was further strengthened when former SCHS standout Luke Hayes signed with the Grizzlies a year ago. In addition, Buehler has another friend who plays for BCCC.

“Their facilities are unbelievable. They have a new stadium and their weight room is fantastic,” says Buehler.

The opportunity to play for one of the nation’s top programs was an obvious drawing card.

Two of the runningbacks from last year’s team have signed with Boise State and West Virginia. With only one returning starter in the backfield, that opens up the possibility for new signees to make an immediate contribution.

“They’ve said I will be used in a lot of different ways - as a slotback, in the wildcat, as a receiver coming out of the backfield and as a runningback,” says the 18-year-old recruit. “They want to put me in one-on-one situations. They like my speed and my body frame. And they like what I can do in the open field.”

Playing at BCCC also opens the doors to Division I programs.

“I’ve been told that at every practice there are coaches and scouts from four-year programs watching from the sideline,” he says. “You will get noticed, and not by just what happens on game day. They will be able to see what we do in practice every day.”

Buehler is relieved to have the signing process behind him.

“I’m very happy this is done so I can focus on playing and helping Butler win another national championship,” he adds.

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