East Butler football standout Trevor Havlovic had a lot of choices of where he could go to college and continue his football career.
Last week he chose Midland University after a visit to the campus in mid-January. He had interest from every college in the state, with the exception of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“I liked the coaches and the way they presented themselves,” he said, referring to Jeff Jamrog, the second year Midland head coach and his staff. Jamrog, a former Husker, brought another Big Red influence on board when former Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch joined the staff recently. Crouch’s hiring came after Havlovic signed.
“He said he had a pretty good idea (Crouch was coming)," Havlovic said.
Havlovic gave Class D-1 State Champion East Butler the potential for big gains or scores on every play when Dalton Bohac threw the rangy tight-end the ball. As linebacker, he also was at the top of the team in tackles.
Jamrog praised Havlovic’s background.
“Trevor is an outstanding student-athlete. He was heavily recruited and had scholarship offers to Wayne State, Doane, Concordia, among others,” Jamrog said. “He is a great athlete. He has excellent character and is a tremendous competitor. He can either play tight end or linebacker for us. We have a need at both those of those spots. We are starting him out at linebacker. He is talented enough to possibly play varsity his first year. He will also play on special teams.
Havlovic said he’s excited to play linebacker, but he enjoyed playing tight end as well. On an eight-man team, players have to be versatile, he said.
Havlovic said he plans to study business at Midland, but hasn’t narrowed his choices down further in the classroom.
He said Jamrog, in his third season as head coach, would be good to work with.
“He seemed like a really nice coach,” Havlovic said, explaining that the coaching staff focuses on team success on and off the field.
Havlovic was part of a senior class that was on a mission to bring home a state title. After a late season loss to Palmer, the Tigers dominated teams the rest of the way.
Coach Shawn Biltoft said Havlovic's contributions were critical.
"Trevor has been a key player for our team during his time at East Butler," Biltoft said. "He is a talented player who demonstrates dedication and a genuine love of the game. Coaches and players wish the best for Trevor as he continues his academic and athletic career at Midland University."
Last year the Warriors finished 6-4.
"We are excited about the 2018 season and the future of Midland Football. We have an excellent nucleus coming back as well as a talented freshman class," Jamrog said.