During signing ceremonies Thursday afternoon (June 4), Wildcat Colton Bench signed a letter of intent to play golf at San Diego Christian and Wildcat Cameron Kaufert inked a letter to play football at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.
Colton Bench is the son of Brian and Terri Bench. Bench said a couple of months ago, he was contacted by a coach he knows. The coach said he had just been hired to be the first ever golf coach at San Diego Christian and he added he wanted Bench to come play for him. San Diego Christian is a four-year NAIA school. Bench said he only took up golf in the summer before he entered the eighth grade. He said he has worked hard on his golf game in high school and added he has gotten better at it than he ever imagined. Bench said he would be a business manager and might also get a real estate license after graduation.
Kaufert, who played B-back and defensive end for the Wildcats, is the son by Bobby and Stephanie Kaufert. Kaufert said he was contact by ETBU after his junior year. He said it was his first offer and they were very persistent. Kaufert said they liked him as a defensive end citing his height, speed and reach. He said he would have to bulk up some for the college game but he doesn’t want to sacrifice speed to do it. He said they encouraged him to visit Marshall. Kaufert said it felt like home, was a beautiful town and he said God seemed to direct him to go there. He said he might also get a look at tight end for ETBU. Kaufert will be attending the Marshall school with his best friend, Wildcat Tennis player Jonah Kirkpatrick, who is also heading to ETBU on a tennis scholarship. Kaufert said he wants to become a critical care nurse to work with children who have cancer.