Pearson calls an audible: Fergus athlete to play football, baseball for SpartansPublished 10:35am Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Concordia College football might still be in Drew Pearson’s future, but just not right away.
The Fergus Falls graduate and former Cobber commit has decided to take two years to play football and baseball for M State Fergus Falls, keeping his talents at home. The standout football, basketball and baseball player for the Otters made his decision known recently after committing to Concordia earlier this spring.
“I’m looking forward to hopefully knowing all the people in the crowd and that people will come after supporting us all through high school and watch these games, too,” Pearson said. “I’m going to get to stay around family, friends and that’s going to be fun.”
Pearson will play wide receiver for the M State football team and also take to the diamond for the baseball team this spring. While he only played three seasons of football in his high school career, taking his junior year off to focus on training in the fall, Pearson had a standout senior year on the field. He was named to the Central Lakes Conference North All-Conference and Section 8AAAA teams.
While he was excited to play for the Cobbers, Pearson will join former teammates Abram Aho, Taylor Tenner, Walker Heinen, Derek Davis and Brady Hansen at M State. Representing his hometown now brings a different angle to his decision to continue playing sports after high school.
“I’m going to be a lot closer to home and a lot of my friends are going here,” he added. “That was a big part of the decision.”
Pearson’s abilities and dedication also stands out on the field and will be a welcomed addition to the Spartan team, according to head coach Steve King.
M State Offensive Coordinator Zach Stich is also excited to have Pearson join the Spartans.
“Drew is an exceptional athlete. Watching the Otters last season, we clearly thought he had a lot of potential and could be a valuable member of our passing attack at M State,” Stich said.
While he is still considering where he will go after he gets his associates degree at M State, Concordia will once again be a possibility. Pearson’s father and former basketball coach, Keith, was a Cobber and the school runs in the family. Still, the focus will still be on improving in his next two years as he hopes to continue playing when he moves on once again.
“Hopefully my window of improvement is high,” Pearson said. “Since I’ve only played one year of varsity football and did well that year, there’s a lot more that I think I can do.”