REED CITY — He’s a Coyote now, but when Taylor Pelton graduates in the spring, he’ll become a member of the Michigan Technological University Huskies football program.

The Reed City senior on Thursday signed a national letter of intent to play football at the western Upper Peninsula Division II school in Houghton.

Pelton was the 2015 Pioneer Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year. He had 106 tackles as a linebacker, including nine for a loss. He also forced three fumbles and had one interception.

He was among the leaders on a Reed City team that was 9-0 in the regular season and won its fifth straight Central State Activities Association title.

Pelton said he initiated contact with MTU, a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in November.

“They didn’t come to any of my actual games, but they saw me on film,” he said. “I thought it was a nice place and it suited me.”

After Pelton sent MTU the film, he got a call for an official visit on Dec. 5.

“We went through some tests and they gave me a tour of the campus and talked to me about my scholarship offer,” Pelton said. “I waited a couple of days and called them back and verbally committed.”

He said he also thought about Wayne State University, a GLIAC school in Detroit, but not seriously.

Pelton indicated MTU will use him at linebacker. He’ll received a partial scholarship and will study in construction management.

“I like how the school is secluded from everything,” he said. “It suits me. The coaches are really nice. They have a successful football program.”

Pelton is on the Reed City basketball and will run track and field team this spring. He’ll report to MTU in early August. The coaches indicated he would probably be redshirted for the 2016 season unless he starts on special teams.

MTU was 7-3 last season. 

Pelton said he started thinking about playing college football when he was younger.

“It’s something I always wanted to do,” he said. “I’m excited and I’m ready to go.”

His thoughts now are on Reed City basketball.

“We’re looking all right,” he said. “We need to start playing more as a team and we’ll be doing all right. I feel we have the talent.”