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Bevins becomes a Bearcat

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 12:21 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 1, 2013 7:21 a.m. CDT

The decision is in and former Iowa State football player Collin Bevins of Creston has chosen to continue his playing career at Northwest Missouri State University.

The 6-6, 280-pound defensive lineman withdrew from Iowa State University more than a week ago, and at the time was unsure of his plans for the future.

It didn’t take long for Bevins to make a decision, which came as a relief for him.

“I feel good,” Bevins said about making his decision. “I mean, it’s better than not having a plan of what I’m going to do next year. It’s kind of like committing right out of high school again.”

Bevins, who redshirted as a freshman at Iowa State last year and was projected to see extended playing time at defensive tackle this season, said he took a visit to Northwest Missouri State on Thursday.

“Just the atmosphere they have down there, as far as the football team,” he said of why he chose Northwest Missouri State. “Their campus is smaller. It seems like all the guys on the team are a lot closer than they were up at Iowa State. I like how all the coaches really preach family and everything is a lot more tight-knit down there.”

Bevins has been fully released from his scholarship at Iowa State and will be eligible to play for the Bearcats this fall. He said he will likely start weightlifting with the team next Monday.

The Bearcat coaching staff hopes to move Bevins back outside into the defensive end position, rather than keeping him at defensive tackle where he had been working for Iowa State.

“They said they’d like me to come in and play a strong side defensive end, but if I don’t look comfortable out there within a couple of weeks of camp, I’ll move back to defensive tackle for the first year,” Bevins said. “So I’ll kind of learn the language of what they call everything. They said I’d play quite a bit my first year, and I’m excited about it.”

Bevins said he didn’t look at any other schools after leaving Iowa State.

And, choosing Northwest Missouri State University comes with the added bonus of once again teaming up with former Creston teammate Keaton Hulett, who is also set to join the Bearcat program in the fall as a defensive lineman.

“That’ll be a good experience,” Bevins said about reuniting with Hulett. “It’ll bring back a lot of high school memories when we both start playing down there.”

Bevins plans to major in physical education.

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