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Southmoore quickly becoming a pipeline to OU as three more SaberCats head to Norman

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, Published: February 4, 2010

MOORE — Three years ago, Southmoore High School didn't even exist.

Wednesday, it was the only school in the state to have more than one player signing with the University of Oklahoma.

Defensive back Julian Wilson and tight end Austin Haywood both inked with OU on signing day.

The first of many SaberCats to sign with the Sooners?

"Southmoore, we're producing quality players," Wilson said. "Down the line, if we keep having players do what we've done, then yeah, I can see a pipeline starting with OU."

In a short time, the SaberCats have made a precipitous rise in Oklahoma high school football, advancing all the way to the Class 6A state semifinals last season.

Wilson's all-around game as an offensive playmaker and a shut-down defensive back helped paved the way.

So did Haywood's ability as a pass-catching tight end.

"Really a physical, big guy that can run," Sooner coach Bob Stoops said of Haywood, who despite earlier concerns is now on track to qualify at OU for next season. "Reminds you of a Keith Jackson-type guy."

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