Pawhuska Huskies multi-sport standout Easton Kirk has decided to play college football at the University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond.


Matt Hennesy, head football coach at Pawhuska High, said plans had been made for a signing ceremony for Kirk to be held after spring break, but the closure of the state’s public schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic nixed the ceremony.


Kirk was an impact player on both sides of the ball and on special teams during his high school playing days with the Huskies. He was named an Oklahoma Class A All-Star following the 2019 season, during which Pawhuska went 11-2 and made the third round of the playoffs. At the district level, Kirk was one of two players chosen to share the distinction of being named the Most Valuable Offensive Player for 2019.


Among many memorable plays Kirk made in a Pawhuska Huskies football uniform was the game-winning touchdown catch against Hominy, in a hotly contested home game during his junior season.


In a text message, Kirk expressed thanks to the many people who helped him develop as an athlete.


“From the first time I held a football, I dreamed of playing at the collegiate level,” Kirk said. “God blessed me with enough talent and work ethic to make this goal achievable. I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without the unconditional support from my friends, coaches, teammates, community, and most importantly, my family.


“I will never be able to repay everyone for the amount of time and money spent on my journey to this point,” Kirk added. “I want to thank all of the coaching staff at the University of Central Oklahoma, especially Coach Bobeck and Coach Ornelas, for believing in my ability and giving me this opportunity to play for such an amazing university. I’m not done yet!”


The coaching references in Kirk’s comment were to Nick Bobeck, head coach of the Bronchos, and Jesse Ornelas, an assistant coach who works with running backs.


Kirk was also a key player for the Pawhuska Huskies on the basketball court and the baseball diamond. The COVID-19 pandemic cost him what would have been his senior baseball season.


Kirk is one of two Pawhuska seniors who have chosen a college for which to play. All-Stater Hunter Reed signed with Emporia State University.


Coach Hennesy said another bright spot for Huskies football is that Bryce Drummond, Pawhuska’s quarterback, has been named among the top 50 seniors among high school football players in Oklahoma for the 2020 season. Drummond had been named No. 35 among those 50, and the top quarterback, Hennesy said. The coach said college programs have noticed Drummond and offers are starting to come in.