National Signing Day: Jenks' Trent Taber always wanted to play for OSU

by John Helsley Published: February 5, 2014

JENKS — Each Jenks player who signed Wednesday had a table in the lobby of the Frank Herald Gymnasium.

Most were decorated with the school colors of the college the athlete selected. Many had decorated cakes honoring the players for their decision.

Trent Taber didn't sign, at least officially, after deciding to forego scholarship opportunities elsewhere to walk on, but he still had his table decorated with the orange and black of Oklahoma State.

On one corner, behind the cake, was a black Oklahoma State helmet similar to the ones the Cowboys currently wear.

On the edge of the other side, hung a small orange OSU jersey with “Taber” written in marker above the numbers on the back.

When he was about 2 years old, Taber wore the jersey nearly every day.

“I can't tell you how many times I put it through the wash,” Taber's mom, Shea Taber, said.

The fullback/linebacker had opportunities to play elsewhere. His academics and athletics could have landed him at an Ivy League school, Trojans coach Allan Trimble said.

But there was no doubt that Taber would wind up in Stillwater, where he's dreamed of going to school and playing football since he had his dad write his last name in marker on the back of that tiny jersey.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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