PLATTSMOUTH – Kirkland Haswell gave Plattsmouth dozens of productive moments on the football field during his career with his passing and kicking abilities.
He will be able to continue making those types of memories on the field at the collegiate level next fall.
Haswell became a member of the Washburn University football program during a signing ceremony in the high school gym on Wednesday. He will enter the program as a walk-on and will have an opportunity to compete for a scholarship at the school.
Plattsmouth head football coach Bob Dzuris said he was happy to see Haswell have a chance to continue his career. Washburn coaches visited with Dzuris during a recruiting visit for fellow PHS senior Noah Meneses last fall, and Dzuris asked them if they would be interested in pursuing Haswell as a quarterback and kicker. They responded with excitement about the possibility of having him on the roster.
“They’re getting a kid who has a lot of potential as a quarterback in the future, and he’ll be able to help them as a kicker right away,” Dzuris said. “I’m excited for him. He’s going to get an opportunity to play college football for a very good program.”
Haswell earned All-Eastern Midlands Conference honorable mention accolades this past fall for his work on both offense and special teams. He averaged 47.8 yards on 28 kickoffs and collected six touchbacks. He booted eight extra-point kicks and tallied 78 yards on two punts.
Haswell completed 11 touchdown passes as the team’s quarterback during his senior campaign. He finished 49-of-146 for 872 yards through the air.
Haswell has earned local, conference and state academic honors during his time at Plattsmouth. He has participated in both baseball and basketball at PHS and has played in the local American Legion summer baseball program.