Jones wide receiver Tylor Seabolt verbally committed to the University of Central Oklahoma after a weekend visit.
“It was a comfortable fit for me,” Seabolt said. “Coach (Nick) Bobeck applies a lot of the same methods that coach (Dave) Martin and the other coaches at Jones use. They made me feel really at home.”
Seabolt (6-foot-3, 170 pounds) had 68 catches for 1,213 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, helping the Longhorns reach the Class 2A championship game.
Seabolt scored Jones' lone touchdown in the game, a highlight-reel 33-yard catch that was featured on several ESPN programs and has more than 225,000 views on YouTube.
Bobeck was named the Bronchos head coach earlier this month. The Beaver native and former UCO player had spent the last four years as the coach at Navarro (Texas) College, a junior college power.
Seabolt said he wanted to show other, bigger programs that they made a mistake in passing him over.
“That's going to be a big fuel in my drive to show people,” Seabolt said. “I want people to say, ‘Where did this kid come from?”
SATTERTHWAITE NAMED RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Norman senior Tanner Satterthwaite was chosen as the 2011-12 Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic performance as well as academics and character. The award puts him up for Gatorade's National Boys Runner of the Year award.
Satterthwaite won the Class 6A state championship as a junior, and finished fourth at the state meet as a senior, helping Norman claim the 6A team title.
He was Oklahoma's best finisher at the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals South Regional championships, placing 26th. He also won the Oklahoma Meet of Champions and the Oklahoma-Arkansas All-Star Cross Country Meet.
Satterthwaite remains undecided on a college choice.
MIDWEST CITY'S MORAN COMMITS TO NSU
Midwest City offensive lineman Dakota Moran verbally committed to Northeastern State University last weekend.
Moran was the anchor of the Bombers offensive line that helped Midwest City rush for nearly 3,500 yards this season. Midwest City was 11-1.
Northeastern State was 7-5 last season and played in the Mineral Wells Bowl. NSU joins the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association next year.
EDMOND NORTH'S BENWAY, DAVIS COMMIT TO NEO
Edmond North running back Jared Benway and tight end Troy Davis both committed to start their college football careers at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami on Saturday.
Benway, who lost his entire junior season to a torn ACL, shared the backfield with speedster Jarion Tudman as a senior. Much of his role was a blocking one, but he also rushed for 574 yards and six touchdowns.
Davis caught 31 passes for 374 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. Edmond North finished the season 9-3 with a tough, 17-16 loss in the Class 6A quarterfinals to eventual state champion Tulsa Union.
NWC'S GORHAM COMMITS TO ASHLAND
Northwest Classen quarterback Christian Gorham has verbally committed to Ashland University, an NCAA Division II program in Ashland, Ohio.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Gorham quarterbacked the Knights to an average of 20 points per game as a senior, one of the most productive offensive seasons in recent history for the struggling program.
Gorham was invited to Ashland's quarterback camp last summer, where he was able to meet the coaching staff and view the campus, including its multi-million-dollar facilities upgrade.
He received a scholarship offer last week and verbally committed over the weekend.
Ashland is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, playing against programs such as Wayne State, Findlay, Northern Michigan and Saginaw Valley State. The Eagles finished 6-5 last season.