McALESTER — When Hartshorne’s 2013 football season ended in December, senior quarterback Dylan Pingleton probably figured that if he ever played again, it might be a few miles away from home.
Australia’s a bit farther than “a few miles,” but that’s where Pingleton could play next. He was recently selected to the Western Conference team for Team USA in the Down Under Sports Tournaments this summer in Australia.
“I represent my state, and I feel like I’d represent them pretty well,” Pingleton said Thursday.
Pingleton said he learned of the Down Under Sports football tournament from a letter he received in the mail. Having never flown across the ocean before, Pingleton said he quickly became interested.
“It’s kind of like watching the Olympics and stuff here lately and growing up watching them,” Pingleton said. “You get to represent the United States just like they do, and it’s pretty neat.”
Assuming he goes — the tournament costs $4,200 to enter — Pingleton will play quarterback for the Western Conference. Having spoken to representatives at the Utah-based Down Under Sports, Pingleton said he hopes this tournament will help him find a college that wants him to play quarterback.
Pingleton said the only college to show real interest in him so far has been Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, and they’ve only envisioned him as a punter. Down Under Sports representatives, he said, indicated scholarships have come out of this tournament in the past, but mostly to schools based in western U.S. states.
Pingleton said he’d be fine going to college outside of this area.
“I feel like I’d be happier playing quarterback somewhere,” Pingleton said.
“If anybody offers me anything good, I’ll take it.”
Pingleton said he’d like to go somewhere with a strong electrical engineering program. He’d planned to major in civil engineering earlier in the year, but he said he switched because he thought electrical engineering would offer more job opportunities.