YUKON — Tyler Bowling knows he's a rarity in the recent history of Yukon football.
Not since 1998 have the Millers had a Division I signee, which changed when the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Bowling signed with Tulsa on Wednesday.
While Bowling might be Yukon's first D-I signee since running back Richard Schwarz went to Oklahoma State, he knows it won't be another 16 years before a Miller goes D-I.
“Hopefully this starts something,” Bowling said. “There are a few kids who are younger than me that are gonna be pretty good.”
Yukon's Andre Dowuona-Hammond will be a preferred walk-on at OSU. He had an offer from Air Force, also some FCS and Division II schools, but liked the challenge that faced him with the Cowboys. He played defensive end at Yukon, but will move to linebacker at OSU.
“They were on the fence about offering me or not, and I decided that they liked me enough that I should take the chance and walk on. I believe I can play at that high level, so I decided to try it out. I'm excited for the challenge.”
And four other Millers signed letters of intent Wednesday. Offensive lineman Logan Parks signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Bradyn Meyer signed with Baker University (Kan.) and linemen Robert Jordan and Matt Giroux both signed with Tabor College (Kan.).