Collins signs letter to join Lyon College and Reed to walk on at Hendrix.

Van Buren’s Kameron Collins found himself a new home as the senior cornerback signed an NAIA letter of intent to join Lyon College in Batesville.

“What I really liked about Lyon was the staff and players making me feel at home,” he said. “I also liked the facilities and campus, and the way that everybody treated each other. But most of all, I liked the steps they are taking in the program. Everyone was super friendly.”

Collins considered other schools, but Lyon was on his short list. The Van Buren player said he will try out on both sides of the ball as the Scots begin its second season with Kyle Phelps. The team is full of young players, and Collins is hoping to make his mark early with the squad.

“Coach (Greg) Werner has really helped us on and off the field to be better athletes and and good Christian men,” said Collins.

Collins led the Pointers with three interceptions last season.

“He’s a great kid,” said Werner. “He had a great career here at Van Buren. He’s a great leader and definitely a guy the younger players can look up to. I’m proud of him.”

Collins finished the season with 25 tackles, four tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two blocked kicks in addition to the three interceptions.

Reed to walk on at Hendrix

There was a hometown feel to the Hendrix College football program that Van Buren’s Andy Reed knew he wanted to be part of.

Reed will continue his football career at Hendrix next fall.

“Hendrix drew me in because of the close-knit feel they have in their program,” he said. “If you aren’t a familiar face, all players and coaches come up and shake your hand.”

The Warriors, which restarted its football program back in 2012, have a rich history of area players. Five former players from Northside, Southside, Alma, Mountainburg and Sallisaw started as seniors at Hendrix last fall.

Hendrix is a NCAA Divisions III football program which does not grant athletic scholarships.