PHS standout to play QB at UW-Whitewater

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

KOLLIN NEILS KOLLIN NEILS PLYMOUTH — Kollin Neils, the Eastern Wisconsin Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year last season at quarterback for the Plymouth football team, announced Sunday that he will play college football at perennial Division III power UW-Whitewater.

Neils, a senior, has decided to gray-shirt this upcoming season at UW-Whitewater in which he will be ineligible to play. However, he will then have four years of eligibility at quarterback, starting with the 2015 season. The Warhawks return their starting quarterback in Matt Behrendt who will be a senior this fall and are bringing in two freshmen signal-callers this season.

“It seems like UW-Whitewater is the right fit for me. They have a great coaching staff and a great tradition,” said Neils, an All-EWC first-team quarterback the past two seasons.

“I feel comfortable with my decision [to grayshirt]. I’ve always wanted to play quarterback [in college].

“I’m definitely excited. It’s pretty cool to be in a program that will compete for a national champion- ship every year,” said Neils, Plymouth’s career leader in passing yardage with 5,443.

The Warhawks won the NCAA

Division III national championship last season which was their fourth in the past five years.

Neils plans to study business in college. He said the business school at UW-Whitewater is topquality and one of the best in the state. Division III schools in the state don’t offer athletic scholarships. His parents, Todd and Karri Neils, are UW-Whitewater graduates. Neils visited the UW-Whitewater campus three weeks ago and was impressed with the coaches he met and the campus. He also visited North Dakota State and Mankato State (Minnesota) who were interested in him playing quarterback.

Even though Neils won’t be able to play this season, he will be able to work out with the team in the off-season and will be able to attend team meetings this year. He will be able to participate in spring practice in 2015.

Neils said his main focus to prepare for college ball will be to improve his strength and speed. In his senior season at PHS, Neils was 6-feet-2, 175 pounds.

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