AFTON — Wil Amos made it official Wednesday, Feb. 7: he’s an Emporia State Hornet.
Amos, who led Afton to the Class A state football championship, had committed to ESU in January then signed the paperwork with the Kansas school on the traditional National Signing Day.
“I am starting the next chapter in my life, so I can’t think of a better feeling — I am excited,” he said.
He recently took an official visit to Emporia and that sealed the deal.
“I love it out there: the town, the people, the coaches, everybody,” he said. “It’s awesome.”
Amos has spent the off-season lifting weights and tuning up for track, where he is a two time state champ in the 800 and 400.
Amos will be competing in indoor track. He won the 400 on Feb. 3 at a meet hosted by Missouri Southern State University Lion Open.
“We are excited about what Wil will bring to the table and look for him to have a big impact here at Emporia State," Hornets’ head coach Garin Higgins said in a release.
"He is a strong competitor who wants the ball in his hands in crunch time.”
Amos is among 22 high school players and seven transfers as of Wednesday morning according to the ESU release.
The Hornets have signed 10 other Oklahomans along with 11 Kansas natives, three players from Missouri, and one each from Texas, Illinois, Nebraska, Tennessee and New York.
The Hornets picked up five receivers, five defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, four safeties, three defensive backs, two running backs, one linebacker, one super back, one quarterback, one kicker and two athletes.
Emporia State, a member of the MIAA, went 6-5 last season, its third straight winning season and fifth year above .500 over the last six seasons.
The Hornets return nine starters on defense and eight on offense in 2018.
“Good things are in front of him,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said. “He can make an impact with the next program at the next level.
“They are doing things right and I think he’s coming in at a good time. I think they are expecting good things as well.”
Amos hopes to eventually coach at the college level.