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Signing Day chaos

Bob Przybylo Modified: May 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm •  Published: January 31, 2011

If you know of any Signing Day changes at your respective school, please let us know.

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Southmoore quarterback Kendal Thompson has waited all his life to make it official and sign to play football for the Oklahoma Sooners.

His wait will be over Wednesday even if his celebration might be delayed a couple of days.

With a winter storm expected to hit the state late Monday night and Tuesday, schools are already beginning to think about how they will adapt for National Signing Day on Wednesday.

Southmoore athletic director Dewayne Hunter said even if school is closed, which will most likely be the case if the storm hits as hard as predicted, the letters of intent will be faxed to the respective schools.

Hunter said the ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m., will be changed to Friday at the same time. The SaberCats will have at least four students signing with perhaps more to come in the future. Joining Thompson will be football players Tylor Whitfield (East Central) and Austin Brooks (Wheaton College) and softball player Hartley Tyler (Mid-America).

“Yes, we’ve already planned ahead and will have the paperwork faxed Wednesday regardless,” Hunter said.

The faxed paperwork is crucial to the process. Without the universities receiving the information, the college coaches are not allowed to openly talk about that particular recruit signing.

If schools are closed, it shouldn’t hinder any official signings. In almost every signing ceremony, that is not actually when the student is signing the letter of intent.

Most LOIs are signed and faxed the very first thing in the morning of Signing Day. The ceremony is an opportunity for the students to be celebrated by their family and peers.

It’s a ceremony Jones football coach Dave Martin is extremely excited to have. Longhorns defensive tackle Micah Thompson will sign with North Texas on Wednesday.

“We’ll find a way to make that happen,” Martin said. “We’ll find a way to fax it someway, somehow.”

Martin said the potential postponement of the ceremony is a big disappointment, though. Because Thompson is signing with a Division I school that is within driving distance, Martin had been assisting any North Texas media that wanted to show up.

But now? Martin said the school will simply have the signing ceremony for Thompson the first day classes are back in session. The 9 a.m. time is staying the same.

Scheduling Signing Day ceremonies is already a tough chore for athletic directors and coaches. Everybody is trying to find a balance for the right time to accommodate students’ families so the achievements can be celebrated.

A weather postponement just adds in a new wrinkle.

“We’re trying to have at least a 24-hour notice,” Edmond North athletic director Tom Snider said. “Even if we have school Wednesday, we might not have the ceremony.

“You have people coming from out of town and you have to take that into consideration. We’re going to make a decision first thing Tuesday.”

Snider said the ceremony would be moved to Friday if it’s postponed. The Huskies currently have nine students signing in sports ranging from football to cross country to soccer and lacrosse.

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Robert Przybylo, bprzybylo@opubco.com

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