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National Signing Day: Edmond Santa Fe's Malik Earl wants to prove more at Missouri State

by Jacob Unruh Published: February 5, 2014

EDMOND — Malik Earl never received the letters most recruits receive from interested colleges.

Each time he saw his teammate get one in the locker room, he couldn't help but wonder where his were.

He's no longer waiting for those.

The Edmond Santa Fe receiver signed with Football Championship Subdivision school Missouri State on Wednesday, saying he has a chip on his shoulder.

“I completed the first task, now the second task is to go out there and prove myself,” Earl said. “The power of the underdog is crazy.

“Yeah, I do feel like I was overlooked, but I know that's always going to be the case because I'm a late bloomer. I did bloom, and I'm trying to continue that in college.”

The lone interest he received other than Missouri State was Weber State, an FCS school in Ogden, Utah.

Earl, who is 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, was a favorite target of quarterbacks Justice Hansen and Keaton Torre last season. Earl caught 51 passes for 877 yards and eight touchdowns.

Earl finished the season on a high note, catching three TD passes and setting a school record with 13 receptions in his final game, against Midwest City.

It was a strong season that surprised some.

“He was kind of injured off and on his whole junior year and never panned out like any of us wanted,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “But you could see it coming his senior year.

“He just came out of nowhere to people because he didn't necessarily do anything his junior year. Everybody had pegged their receivers for the most part, but to do that his senior year and go to Missouri State says a lot about him.”

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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