Northstate football player heading to Oregon for college

Dawson Gruhler signs letter of intent to play football for Western Oregon University

High School seniors across the nation signed letters of intent to play football in college, including U-Prep middle linebacker Dawson Gruhler.

Wednesday Gruhler signed with Western Oregon University trading in his panthers jersey to join the wolves in the fall.

Gruhler said WOU was an easy decision because they had great football academic programs. He planned to major in criminal justice or psychology but was also toying with the idea of getting a double major.

He joined the varsity team his freshman year helping to lead U-Prep to the playoff in 2017.

When asked what made him keep playing he said, "football has just always been there for me it's just been a huge part of my life. I started when I was young I just loved it. You make so many new friendships. I started off at Shasta Pop Warner Football and I still talk with those guys about what I'm doing and such."

Gruhler is the second football player from U-Prep to sign with a division two team. Last year Bradley Patenaude also signed to play with Western Oregon University.

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