PC North’s Jenkins, Tingle bound for NEOLongtime 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.
SYMONDS TO WALK-ON AT OUIn 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.
SIX DEL CITY PLAYERS SIGNDefensive 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’S OLDS HEADING TO NEOStar 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.
NORMAN NORTH’s brown READYBrenden 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. "If I’m not starting, I should be playing a lot.” A need for strength in the secondary means Brown is in a good situation for early playing time at the Division II school in Ada. A 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety, Brown had 72 tackles and two interceptions last season for Norman North. Brown will be joined at ECU by teammate Richard Peoples. Peoples, a running back, ran for 919 yards and averaged 7.0 yards per carry. Scott Whitaker, Colton Cline, Nick Canavan and Collin Yeary also inked letters of intent Wednesday at Norman North.
SAWATZKY TO WALK-ON AT OUWeatherford linebacker Kale Sawatzky had a lot of offers from in-state schools, but he decided to follow his heart. Sawatzky elected to walk on at Oklahoma, he said Wednesday. "Everybody definitely has a chance,” he said. "Walk-on or scholarship player. But yes, seeing guys I know like (OU’s) Trent Ratterree play does help support my decision.” Ratterree is a former Weatherford standout.
MILLS SIGNS WITH PRINCETONIt’s been known for a while that Edmond Santa Fe senior running back Brian Mills was going to an Ivy League school. It was just a question of which one. Mills orally committed to Princeton last weekend and made it official, signing with the Tigers in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the Santa Fe gym. "It’s perfect for me in terms of balancing the athletics and the academics,” Mills said. Mills was one of nine Santa Fe athletes who signed Wednesday.
SULLIVAN HEADED TO UCOMoving in the middle of his junior year was a tough adjustment, but Deer Creek offensive lineman Garrett Sullivan made the most of it. The senior moved from Texas to Deer Creek and was a standout lineman for the Antlers, culminating in signing with Central Oklahoma on Wednesday. "My family has always been real important to me, and they helped me in this transition,” Sullivan said. "It’s great to be able to play close to home.” Sullivan was one of three Deer Creek athletes who signed Wednesday.
EXTRA POINTSPrague offensive lineman Denton Simek, who had been orally committed to Texas Tech before the Red Raiders’ coaching change, started the day uncommitted but wound up being one of five state players to sign with Arkansas. … Christian Heritage kicker Ian Sanders signed with Southern Nazarene after receiving an offer from Air Force. … Hennessey QB Matt Luetjen signed with Army. ... Edmond North soccer players Carley Yates and Camille Sanders signed with OU. BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JUSTIN HARPER, ROBERT PRZYBYLO AND RYAN ABER
PC North’s Jenkins, Tingle bound for NEO