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Brayden Gage of Louisburg signs a national letter of intent to play football at Pittsburg State University. Pictured with Brayden are (in front, from left) Bryce Gage, Jason Gage, Melissa Gage, Brock Gage; (standing) coach Robert Ebenstein.

Brian McCauley / Staff Photo

LOUISBURG — Wildcat defensive back Brayden Gage is headed to Pittsburg State University to play football for the Gorillas.

Gage, a recent graduate of Louisburg High School, signed a national letter of intent in April.

“I would love to talk about some things that led me to Pittsburg State,” Gage said. “The first reason is football. I enjoyed talking to the coaches and getting to see the weight room and locker room.

“The next reason is that the facilities are very nice,” he said. “When I went on a visit I was amazed by the buildings and the field.”

Playing for Pittsburg State is a dream come true, Gage said. He has deep Pittsburg State roots and is going to be close to home.

“The last reason is my family,” he said. “Both of my parents went to Pittsburg State University. My grandparents on both sides of the family live close to Pittsburg.”

Gage was a defensive back for a Louisburg Wildcat team that marched into the playoffs last season.

“I was recruited to play safety, which will be fun,” Gage said. “I played mostly corner in high school, with a little bit of safety, but I’m very excited.”

Gage has been playing football for a decade now, and every kid dreams of playing their favorite sport as long as they can, he said.

“I started playing football in second grade,” he said. “I like the brotherhood that comes with playing football, knowing all of your teammates have your back and that every single one of them is family.”

Walking onto the field at the college level is something he has imagined many times, Gage said.

“I’ve wanted to play college football ever since I was little, so this is a dream come true,” he said. “I would like to say thank you to the Pittsburg State coaching staff for believing in me and my teammates and coaches here at Louisburg for supporting me.”

Suiting up for the Louisburg Wildcats week in and week out against a very tough schedule in the Frontier League has given him a taste of what the competition will be like at the next level.

“I think that playing for the Louisburg Wildcats has tremendously helped me prepare for the next level,” he said. “This program has taught me a lot in the four years I’ve been here. Not only has Louisburg football taught me to work hard and to never quit, but it has also taught me a lot about myself.

“To play football here at Louisburg, or anywhere else in the Frontier League, it takes mental toughness and the willingness to give everything you have day in and day out,” Gage said. “I think that these things have helped me get ready to play football at the next level.”

Gage plans on studying plastics engineering or education at Pittsburg State.

Brayden is the son of Jason and Melissa Gage.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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