Dominic King didn't play a down of football until his senior year at St. Joseph.
Seth Ollice played plenty of football as a standout at Righetti.
Either way, the game has now carried both of them from Hancock College to four-year universities.
King, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive lineman, signed to play for Cal Poly during a ceremony inside Hancock's Joe White Gymnasium Wednesday.
Ollice, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive lineman, signed with Western Colorado University.
In a press release, Cal Poly coach Tim Walsh said, "King had a great season at Hancock College and adds excellent length to our defensive line at 6-5 and 270 pounds. We feel his best football is in front of him.”
King graduated from St. Joseph in 2017 and spent the last two seasons with the Bulldogs, helping Hancock go 18-4 in that span. He played just his senior year at St. Joseph and then immediately made an impact at Hancock.
King racked up seven sacks and 11 1/2 tackles-for-loss last season after piling up six sacks as a freshman.
"This is only my third year of football but it's just been amazing," King said before he signed with the Mustangs Wednesday.
New to the game, King admits that he's still adjusting to the physicality and intensity of high-level football.
"It's definitely still new to me," King said. "Coaches, when they talk to me, that was another thing they liked — that I was kind of malleable. I've only had one D-line coach my entire life, my dad. So (coaches) liked that they could put their impression on me. The whole thing that I like about (the game) is the competitiveness. I've always been a competitor and to see me fit in so quick and bust my behind on it and get better every day. That's addicting."
King said he hopes the grind of playing major junior college football at Hancock while handling a full class load has prepared him for that life at Cal Poly.
"I made First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State here and hopefully it'll be the same over there, First Team All-Conference," King said. "Obviously it won't be easy, but it wasn't easy here. I gotta keep grinding and hitting it hard every day."
With Ollice, it marks the second straight year a Hancock football player has joined Western Colorado after Dominic Chance spent last season there. Ollice will join Chance with the Mountaineers in the fall.
"Just by getting an offer you're part of the two percent," Ollice said of the small number of student-athletes who get the chance to play in college. "It feels pretty special. I'm pretty happy."
Ollice, who graduated from Righetti in 2016, found some humor in the fact that a former Warrior and a former Knight signed together.
"Righetti and St. Joe's feud in high school, but everybody loves each other here," Ollice said. "Dom's great. He's a great guy and a great teammate."
Ollice took a year off from football after high school, but eventually returned to the game.
"I was bored, I had to come back. Taking sports off wasn't good, I have to stay busy," Ollice said.
The defensive lineman was thankful for his parents, Paul and Rebecca, for helping him get to this point, along with his coaches at Righetti and Hancock.
"All the coaching staffs at Righetti, throughout all the sports. There were different mentors," Ollice said. "And at Hancock everybody was supporting me and there's just a good, happy vibe here."
Western Colorado is in Gunnison, a town of about 6,000.
"They got a lot of outdoors stuff and I'm an outdoors guy," Ollice said. "Skiing, snowboarding, fishing, everything. They take their ice baths in the river, so I thought that was cool. It's that kinda place."