Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Horton's Dishon Jumps at Rare Opportunities

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Horton's Dishon Jumps at Rare Opportunities

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EMPORIA -- In more ways than one, Trey Dishon is a rare breed.

For starters, he's a Division I football signee, having inked with Kansas State. Around his home town of Horton, that's a pretty big deal.

"Nobody's ever gone D-I from the school (in football)," Dishon said. "Signing with Kansas State was definitely pretty exciting for the whole town."

What's more, Dishon is a Division I football signee actually playing in the Kansas Shrine Bowl, a sight that's becoming more and more uncommon. As Division I schools have ramped up their offseason commitments for returning players and incoming recruits, the state's top talent has played sparingly in the annual all-star football game.

Dishon was one of six Division I signees selected to play in this year's game, which will be played at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Hays, yet is one of only two who will actually suit up in the contest. Dishon will line up at defensive end for the East squad, while Wichita Trinity's Tyler Burns -- also a Kansas State signee -- will play for the West.

While several of his Division I counterparts opted not to play, Dishon never thought about passing on the opportunity.

"The biggest thing is there's only been one other guy that's played in this game from my school ever," Dishon said. "That was more than 25 years ago. My town, let alone the D-I thing, doesn't see the Shrine Bowl thing either. It was a big deal for me to go do it and I'm excited about that."

Dishon is Horton's second Shrine Bowl selection. The other was Chris Lockwood in 1988.

Playing in Saturday's game took Dishon away from Manhattan where he's spent the bulk of the summer on campus with the Wildcats. But the commitment was a priority and it didn't take much convincing with the Kansas State staff on his part to honor it.

"The biggest thing was Bill Snyder -- everybody knows that man, his morals and what he's about," Dishon said. …

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