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All-State football: Move to Lawton a good one for Ryne Yost

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN — After arriving in Lawton, Ryne Yost spent plenty of time in the weight room. His hard work paid off.
by Jacob Unruh Published: December 23, 2012

Moving from Elk City to Lawton may have been the best thing for Ryne Yost.

“The move was great for me and my football career,” he said. “And I just think it's the best thing I've ever done.”

Yost, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound left tackle, provided a steady presence for Lawton this season as injuries decimated the team and earned a spot in The Oklahoman's All-State first team.

His mother, Myong, is in the Army and was stationed in Lawton, forcing the move.

Things weren't always easy for Yost during that time, though.

“When I first moved to Lawton, I'm sure there were a lot of kids that were doubting me and thinking that since I'm from a smaller school I couldn't play and do big things,” Yost said. “I just had to work hard, I just did what the coaches told me, went 100 percent in everything I did and just kept improving.”

Yost, who wants to be a doctor, is now receiving interest from Oklahoma, North Texas, South Dakota, Sam Houston State and Air Force.

He immediately improved in Lawton, adding 100 pounds to his bench press while still growing.

“He fell in love with our weight room,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. “For him to put that much mass on, you knew he was just going through a growth spurt and he got better and better every day. By the time football season came around, he was a dominating force at the line of scrimmage.”

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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