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By Ryan Aber Published: February 7, 2007
ENID — For one more morning, Austin Box and Kody Cooke were the kings of Enid High.

By Wednesday afternoon, the pair were back to being freshmen trying to find their place in college.

Box and Cooke are both enrolled at Oklahoma and did not need to sign official letters of intent Wednesday, but it was important for each to return for a signing-day ceremony.

"To come back and see all the people I have around here — friends, family and coaches — it's kind of a relief to know I have all these people behind me,” Box said.

Cooke, an offensive lineman, made the decision last summer to leave Enid early to get a head start with the Sooners. For Box, the decision was a late one. The Plainsmen defensive back who will play linebacker with the Sooners waited until early January before deciding to head to Norman early.

"When you get down there during the summer, the season's not too far away. It's only two or three months away,” Box said. "This time right now is definitely your chance to get the workouts in, get a lot of reps in during spring ball. I think it's really a huge advantage.

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