Kanab football player Jaxson Giddings became the first Cowboy to be offered and sign a scholarship under head coach Bucky Orton. Giddings signed his National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day, Feb. 7, in the Kanab High School Auditorium in front of his family, friends, coaches and classmates.

Giddings will join several KHS graduates who have played at Weber State. These players earned scholarships after walking on: Matt McFadden, Andy McFadden, Wade Orton, Allen Orton, Eric Brown and Brandt Brown.

Giddings plans on starting school in January of 2019, then beginning spring football. After graduating in May, he plans on hitting the weights hard this summer and fall, trying to beef up and add extra pounds. He also is rehabilitating his knee, which required season-ending surgery in November.

Giddings said his coaches plan on playing him at defensive tackle.

His parents, Seth and Mandy Giddings, witnessed Jason’s signing. Jaxson was also offered a football scholarship to Southern Utah University and Northwest Missouri State University, where his father Seth played football.

KHS principal Trevor Stewart told those in attendance that Giddings’ four-year scholarship is worth about $45,000.

Weber State football coach Jay Hill signed 20 recruits on Wednesday, including nine players from Utah high schools.

Giddings is joining a winning program. The Wildcats won a school record 11 games in 2017, most in school history. After being picked to finish in fifth place in the Big Sky Conference, Weber State tied for the title with Southern Utah University, both with 7-1 records. The Wildcats hosted Western Illinois in the first round of the FCS playoffs, beating them 21-19. In the second round, they defeated SUU on the road, 30-13.

The Wildcats were ranked 22nd in the nation to start the season, and ended up eighth before the playoffs started.

Congratulations Jaxson!