By Robert Przybylo - Staff Writer Modified: February 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm •  Published: February 4, 2009
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photo - Gabe  Ikard, Bishop McGuinness, signing a letter of intent with OU, as his mom Becky looks on, Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Photo by David McDaniel.
Gabe Ikard, Bishop McGuinness, signing a letter of intent with OU, as his mom Becky looks on, Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Photo by David McDaniel.
The Ikard family is becoming an institution at Oklahoma. And now it has its first athlete.

Bishop McGuinness senior tight end Gabe Ikard signed with OU in the McGuinness gym lobby Wednesday morning.

Ikard has two older brothers, Ben and Sam, currently at OU and both of his parents were Sooners.

“I grew up an OU fan, and I felt it was the best football fit for me,” Gabe Ikard said. “It was destiny, and I felt my decision was actually pretty easy.”

Ikard had offers from Stanford and Notre Dame. Ikard said both schools are fine academic institutions, but his heart has always belonged to OU.

And that’s OK with his family.

“This is a very exciting day for us,” said Becky Ikard, Gabe’s mother. “Now we can remain in close contact with him and go to the games. Gabe’s always been a good athlete, and football has always been a way for him to release that energy.”

Ikard would like to carry over his high school success to OU. At McGuinness, Ikard was a part of two Class 4A state championship football teams and another team that reached the championship.

Ikard is projected to be a tight end for the Sooners. With the decision of OU tight end Jermaine Gresham electing to stay for his senior season, Ikard said he plans on learning a lot from Gresham.

“He’s an NFL-caliber guy, so you always want those guys on your team,” Gabe Ikard said. “You can say ‘oh, I want to play, I want to play,’ but I want the best guys there.

“I grew up watching guys like Trent Smith and Joe Jon Finley. There is a rich tradition there, and I’m looking forward to getting to play with Jermaine and Brody (Eldridge).”


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