Geneseo’s Jacob VanDoren knew he had someone he could trust through the recruiting process at Truman State University.

Geneseo’s Jacob VanDoren knew he had someone he could trust through the recruiting process at Truman State University.

A line mate of VanDoren’s during his sophomore season with the Green Machine, Geneseo native Nick

Verbeck helped give VanDoren the lay of the land on the campus in Kirksville, Mo.

“He showed me what Truman State is all about,” VanDoren said.

VanDoren said he could see why Truman State was the right fit for Verbeck.

And on Feb. 3, VanDoren declared he wanted to be a part of the Bulldogs football program, too.

In a ceremony at J.D. Darnall Library at Geneseo High School, VanDoren signed his intent to join the Truman State football team in front of friends, family and coaches.

“It means a lot to have my family and friends here to support me in my decision,” VanDoren said. “It means a lot to have the city of Geneseo rally around me.”

VanDoren was a Class 4A all-state selection last season in football, but he is excited to start a new chapter with the Bulldogs.

“It’s a little bittersweet to be ending my high school career and starting college,” VanDoren said. “It is always fun to have new experiences and make a name for myself down in Kirksville.”

VanDoren still has time to make more memories in Geneseo, with his senior season for the Maple Leafs baseball team on the horizon.

He set a single-season record for home runs (12), and he mashed 22-extra-base hits during his junior year.

VanDoren figures to be a major bat in the heart of the order for Geneseo as a senior this season.

VanDoren plans to major in accounting, and he is excited about what Truman State provides academically.

Truman State was named one of the best Universities in the midwest according to US News & World Report’s.

A two-way player at Geneseo, VanDoren will play tackle in college for Bulldogs’ coach Gregg Nesbitt.