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Signing day roundup: PC North duo bound for NEO; Nyko Symonds to walk on at OU

Published: February 4, 2010
PC North’s Jenkins, Tingle bound for NEO
Longtime friends Antonio Jenkins and Matthew Tingle will stay together as teammates in college after both signed letters of intent with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College on Wednesday at Putnam City North High School.

The Panther defensive backs hope to turn the opportunity into a chance at an NCAA Division I scholarship after two seasons at the junior college in Miami.

"Me and Matt both believe we’re D-I caliber players,” Jenkins said. "We’re gonna go prove it, let the scouts know they made a mistake by passing us up.”

Jenkins led the Panthers with 124 tackles from his free safety position. Tingle had three interceptions at cornerback.

Two other Panthers expect to play football at the next level but did not sign on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Jeremy Tillman orally committed to Weber State (Utah) and plans to sign after an official visit later this month. Defensive back Dillon Schooley has an offer from Weber State but is considering joining Oklahoma as an invited walk-on.

Weber State assistant coach Kamaal Ahmad played at Edmond Santa Fe High School and has signed several Oklahoma players over the years.

In the end, Southmoore wide receiver Nyko Symonds wanted to see his dreams through. Given that, Symonds elected to turn down several scholarship offers and will be an "invited walk-on” at Oklahoma.

"I have always wanted to play for a top D-I program, and OU has given me the chance to achieve my goals and dreams,” said Symonds. "OU called a few weeks ago and invited me on a visit, offered me and then Coach (Jay) Norvell and Coach (Cale) Gundy called and said since I was invited I will have the same opportunity as everyone else on the roster. That is all I asked for was a chance.”

Symonds averaged 23.4 per catch last season.

Defensive lineman J.J. Hugine headlined Del City’s signing class Wednesday, where six Eagles signed to play college football.

Hugine signed with New Mexico following a senior season where he recorded 102 tackles and five sacks. He helped Del City to a 7-3 record, one of the best seasons for the Class 6A school in several years.

Joining Hugine in signing were wide receiver Chris McAlister (Central Arkansas), Lamares Shields (East Central), Julian Brockington (NEO), Joel Reser (NEO) and Demantre Harris (Garden City).

While McAlister had several Division I-A (FBS) offers early, he wound up at FCS Central Arkansas.

"It’s a perfect system for him,” Del City coach Nick Warehime said. "They spread the field a lot and run a lot of four-wides.”

Del City wide receiver Donavan Dan will wait to sign.

Star Spencer running back Terence Olds was one of four Bobcats who signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M on Wednesday.

Olds, an Oklahoman All-State player, ran for 1,209 yards and 17 touchdowns despite splitting time with Darwin Rideau at running back.

"Terence wants to go D-I, so it should be a great fit for him there,” Bobcats coach Darrell Hall said.

Also signing with NEO from the Class 4A champions were Franky Jamison, Emmitt Jones and Irvin Caldwell.

Jeff Wright signed with Langston.

Rideau is expected to sign with a junior college soon.

Brenden Brown didn’t waste any words when asked about his future at East Central.

"Hopefully, I’ll be starting,” said the Norman North defensive back.

PC North’s Jenkins, Tingle bound for NEO


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