Three MSHS Football student-athletes signed their respective commitments to attend U.P. universities during a signing ceremony that took place from the REDspn Studio at MSHS yesterday (February 3).
Family members, friends, coaches and staff were on-hand as Owen Beauchamp (Wide Receiver; Northern Michigan University), Desmond Mullen (Running Back/Safety; Michigan Tech University) and Austin Ridl (Quarterback; Michigan Tech University) all celebrated their recent decisions on institutions to attend and compete in football at the college level.
Owen Beauchamp – Wide Receiver – Northern Michigan University
- 2021 Season Statistics: 29 Receptions, 687 Yards, 10 Receiving TDs, 1 Rushing TD
- 2021 Accolades: AP Division 3-4 Second Team All-State, All-U.P. “Dream Team”, All-Great Northern Conference
- Why Owen Chose NMU: “I am grateful for the opportunity to further my education and football career at Northern Michigan University this upcoming fall. I would like to thank my parents, past coaches, and the staff at NMU for believing in me and supporting me. Choosing NMU was not a hard decision, and it has always been a dream of mine to play college football in my hometown. I look forward to being a wildcat and I am excited about this next chapter.”
Desmond Mullen – Running Back/Safety – Michigan Tech University
- 2021 Season Statistics: Rushing – 133 Carries, 748 Yards, 5 TDs; Defense– 103 Tackles, 4 Pass Break-Ups, 2 Fumble Recoveries
- 2021 Accolades: AP Division 3-4 Second Team All-State; All-U.P. “Dream Team”; All-Great Northern Conference
- Why Desmond Chose MTU: “I chose Michigan Tech University because I know Tech will offer me a great education in whatever degree program that I choose to pursue. I also really enjoy how a lot of MTU classes are group oriented. Playing out of the GLIAC, which is one of the premier football conferences in Division II, I know that I will be surrounded by highly skilled teammates as we are challenged on the field every week. I would like to thank the Michigan Tech Football coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play for this great program. I can’t wait to so what the future holds at MTU!”
Austin Ridl – Quarterback – Michigan Tech University
- 2021 Season Statistics: Passing – 2,237 yards, 26 TDs; Rushing – 355 yards, 3 TDs
- 2021 Accolades: Honorable Mention All-State; MHSFCA All-Region (Division 3); All-U.P. “Dream Team”; All-Great Northern Conference
- Why Austin Chose MTU: “I am very excited to continue my education and football career at Michigan Tech University in the Fall of 2022. I chose MTU because Tech is a great school that offers a great education and has a great reputation for success after graduation. I am undecided in my major at this point, but I know I will be able to find a good fit for my future and my career at Tech. On top of that, Coach Mettlach and his staff have believed in me as a football player which was shown in my official visit at MTU as well as over the past few years when I was playing for Marquette. The academics Michigan Tech offers along with the opportunity to play Division II Football for a successful football program made this decision easy for me. I look forward to what the future holds as a Husky!”