ROCK SPRINGS — Hard work certainly paid off for Collin Madsen on Thursday night when he signed his letter of intent to play football at Dickinson State University (DSU) in North Dakota.
Madsen will leave behind a colorful career with the Rock Springs High School (RSHS) Tigers and join the Bluehawks as a punter, kicker, and running back.
At first, Madsen wasn’t planning on playing at the next level, but as his senior year neared an end, he reconsidered.
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“Once the season got close to the end, I didn’t want it to be over. I decided last minute that I was going to go for it,” Madsen said.
Recruiters initially started looking at Madsen in the summer of 2020. He talked to Chadron State University, Concordia University, St. Thomas University and Colorado Wesleyan University.
In November, Madsen made the trip to North Dakota to visit DSU. The two-day trip exceeded his expectations and he felt right at home. He noted that the school was invested in him as a person and that made all the difference.
“The other schools were interested, but I didn’t feel they were bought into me personally,” Madsen said.
Madsen is expected to walk into a starting role as a punter and kicker.
While growing up, Madsen was a multi-sport athlete. At RSHS he played football, basketball, and indoor track.
One of his favorite memories with the football team was the upset victory over Cheyenne Central during his senior year. During his junior year, the team had lost to Central and it was a bad way of ending the season with some of his friends who were seniors at the time. But going out on top during his final season meant the world to him.
“That was an important game for us that kind of turned us around,” Madsen said. “Just to have bad memories on that field and then go and upset what was then the No. 1 team in the state. That was my favorite memory.”
One of his other friends, Kyan DeBernardi, will be an hour away playing college baseball. He said they look forward to keeping in touch and following each other’s careers.
Madsen added that he plans to study exercise science and become a chiropractor.