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NEO football recruiting: Coach Dale Patterson excited about 2012 class, new running backs

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M coach Dale Patterson knew something was missing when he returned to coach in May. The Norsemen needed more speed, and that's what they got with a 2012 recruiting class that includes standouts Sheldon Wilson, Casey Curtis and Eric Dockins.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, Modified: February 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm •  Published: February 2, 2012

Dale Patterson is thrilled to have Casey Curtis, Eric Dockins and Sheldon Wilson signed to his first recruiting class since his return to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami.

“Outside of probably (Jenks' Alex Ross), we signed the three best running backs in the state, in my opinion,” Patterson said, adding that they all bring something different to the table.

Curtis, who rushed for 1,805 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior at Putnam City, “is going to make people miss out in the open,” Patterson said. “He's more of the speed, jitterbug kind of runner.”

Dockins, out of Broken Bow, “is a bigger back. He has speed, but he's also got lots of power,” Patterson said.

And Wilson, well, he can do it all.

The Anadarko back rushed for 3,335 yards and set state records with his 57 rushing and 64 total touchdowns.

“I hate to put too much on just him, because we liked all three of them, but we're really excited about him,” Patterson said. “He has the speed; he has the moves; he has good size. ... He's the type of guy we need that can help us get this program back to national prominence.”

When Patterson returned to NEO in May, he immediately knew what was missing.

“We just didn't have the speed we used to have and the speed we need,” he said.

So Patterson worked to sign lots of top running backs, receivers and defensive backs.

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