Cameron Batson proudly flashed a grin and the “Guns Up” hand signal for the cameras and the crowd at Millwood's Franklin/Spears Fieldhouse on Wednesday.
Batson had just signed to play college football at Texas Tech where he hopes to become the next Red Raiders' receiver from Oklahoma who shines in Lubbock after being snubbed by the Sooners and Cowboys.
“As late as yesterday, he was talking about how he couldn't wait to play in Stillwater and Norman,” said Millwood head coach Darwin Franklin of Batson, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Oklahoma.
Over the years, Texas Tech has recruited several receivers from Oklahoma, most notably Wes Welker of Heritage Hall. But the Red Raiders have plucked a receiver from Millwood before.
Tramain Swindall had 150 career receptions for 1,698 yards and 10 touchdowns as a Red Raider. The former Millwood receiver helped the Red Raiders upset the Sooners in 2011 with a fourth quarter touchdown reception.
“I hope to do something similar,' Batson said.
Swindall also helped persuade Batson to sign with Texas Tech.
“Me and Tramain are definitely close,” Batson said. “We are pretty much like family.
“I would say he had a little bit of an impact. He was telling me how great (Texas Tech) was. It was everything he said it was.”