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Offensive player of the year: Anadarko's Sheldon Wilson works to make the grade

ALL-STATE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Anadarko running back Sheldon Wilson has matured since his sophomore year, but he's still working to get himself eligible to play NCAA Division I football.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, Published: January 1, 2012

“His grades are coming up,” Jackson said. “Once you take off a D and put in an A or B, the GPA will shoot up there.”

If he can't get eligible by February, there is still an outside shot that he could start his college career at the Division I level if a school is still interested and has a scholarship available in May.

But he would likely have to settle for Plan B.

He is getting the most attention right now from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, a junior college in Miami that has produced several NCAA Division I and NFL players.

Golden Norsemen coach Dale Patterson attended some Anadarko games and practices this season and stays in regular contact with Wilson and Jackson.

“I really like NEO,” Wilson said. “I want to go there if Division I doesn't work out, because I know they can make me a D-1 player.”

Regardless of where he plays college football, Wilson wrapped up a historic high school career with a huge performance on the biggest stage.

He accounted for 286 total yards and five touchdowns in Anadarko's 35-18 win over Cascia Hall, which secured the school's first-ever football state championship.

Jackson said the game showed a lot about Wilson, who spent most of the regular season done at halftime of games after several 50-plus yard runs.

“I was extremely proud of Sheldon, just for the fact that he's used to breaking a 50 or 60-yarder every four or five plays,” Jackson said.

“He can get four and five yards at a time and be a durable back. People question how big he is, but he ran 38 times against one of the best defenses in the state. That game showed you a whole different Sheldon.”

Ditto for the last two years off the field.

“I can speak for all the rest of the guys on the team and the student body; everybody likes Sheldon and enjoys being around him,” Melton said.

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