On Friday, Dyllan Nichols signed a letter of intent to play college football at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Nichols said the plan is for him to play offensive line at the collegiate level.

On Friday, Dyllan Nichols signed a letter of intent to play college football at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Nichols said the plan is for him to play offensive line at the collegiate level.

“I've been dreaming about this since I was a little kid,” Nichols said. “My sophomore year I thought it was a distant dream. Then my junior year I was going through cancer treatment and a school contacted me. That made me realize I could do this and it made me work so much harder.”

After battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma and winning, Nichols now has a clean bill of health and is able to further his education and continue his football career at Southwestern.

“It opened my eyes and showed me anything is possible. It might just take a little more work.”

McLoud coach Rusty Hall said Southwestern is getting a true leader on and off the field.

“There is nothing inside of me that says he can't be a leader at the next level,” Hall said. “He was the true definition of a leader for us. I think he's matured a lot the last year. Going through something such as cancer will do that. Something like that made him realize what's important in life and to work hard, because that's what he's done.”

Nichols was the Class 3A-2 District Offensive Lineman of the year last season. Nichols is currently competing in powerlifting at McLoud.