REED CITY – His athletic career on the collegiate level has ended and former Reed City standout Brandon Major-Kailing is looking ahead to new challenges.

Major-Kailing, a 2019 Reed City graduate, had 39 tackles, six for losses, one fumble recovery and one interception for a 2018 Coyote team, which won its eighth straight CSAA title and third consecutive district crown.

He then committed to Olivet College and played his freshman season with the MIAA school as a wide receiver and saw some starting time. A major highlight was a 97-yard kickoff return.

“There was a big hole there, and I just hit it,” Major-Kailing recalled.

Major-Kailing played defense and special teams.

He also had a chance to show his receiving skills.

“They were kind of a running team but I got a chance to catch the ball a few times,” he said.

Olivet finished at 8-2.

Elijah Lewis, a former standout at Pine River, was a teammate of Major-Kailing’s at Olivet and is returning next season.

Major-Kailing has indicated he is not coming back but will focus on work. He didn’t elaborate on his decision to not return to Olivet but indicated it was an enjoyable experience.

“I had fun,” he said.

Major-Kailing also played basketball and spring sports at Reed City.

Major was among six Coyotes who, on Feb. 6, 2019, signed national letters of intent. Major decided on Olivet College.

“It was a long process,” he said after the signing. “I really didn’t think I was going anywhere to play. Olivet hit home for me from the beginning. I like the culture and the coaching staff. I knew some of the players already there.”