WHITESBORO — During his freshman year at Whitesboro, Dylan Power saw playing time in a varsity playoff game as a junior varsity offensive lineman. Fast forward four years later and he calls that moment a confidence booster and is among his favorites as a Bearcat.

He now gets a chance to keep the dream alive as he signed to play football at Texas College on Thursday morning. Texas College competes in the Red River Athletic Conference at the NAIA level.

“It’s a good feeling,” Power said. “I had a dream since I was a young kid about moving on to the next level in football. I just hope to keep going with it because it’s my one love.”

Power cited the school’s proximity to home and the best financial situation for his reasons with signing with Texas College. He also credits head coach Eddie Gill for helping him prepare for the next stage of his life.

“It was great playing for Coach Gill,” Power said. “He’s a great mentor for our high school team together.”

“I’m really proud for Dylan,” Gill said. “This young man has come a long way since the seventh grade as far as overcoming adversity. I’m really proud that he’s going to get a chance to go to college and extend his playing career.”

Power becomes the fourth football player to sign to play college football from a historic senior class. And Weston Hickman — a defensive back — signed with Hardin-Simmons to play baseball.

It’s something that isn’t lost on Power.

“We talk about it quite a bit,” Power said. “We’ve been together since seventh grade and we’ve had these dreams in the back of our minds. To see it being fulfilled for all of us is a great feeling.”

As Power gets ready to take that next step, Gill is confident that he’s ready for the challenge after his work at Whitesboro.

“He’s a big, physical and strong kid,” Gill said. “He’s going to be diligent and work hard every day. Every time a freshman comes into a new place, they’re going to have to earn their stripes and Dylan’s the type of kid that can do that.”