NORMAN — Emilio Gatewood is trading one good situation for another.
Gatewood was the featured running back at Class 2A power Millwood as a junior last season, where he rushed for 1,868 yards and 25 touchdowns and was beginning to gain college attention.
With a half-dozen or more major-college prospects, recruiters will be flocking to Falcons games this year, which would have brought even more attention Gatewood's way.
But early this summer, the Gatewoods moved to Norman to be closer to family.
Now, the 5-foot-8 running back is enrolled at Norman North, and though the Timberwolves might not have the bulk of NCAA Division I talent Millwood boasts, they have a few prospects who are drawing coaches' attention.
And they offer Gatewood something Millwood cannot — the opportunity to prove himself in Class 6A.
"It gives me a chance to show what I can do against the big boys,” said Gatewood, who already has scholarship offers from Tulsa and Louisiana Tech.
Gatewood started at safety in his first taste of 7-on-7 with his new team earlier this month, and he could have a college future as a cornerback.
"I was able to pick up the defense better, because they do a lot of stuff we did at Millwood,” he said.