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.
SYMONDS TO WALK-ON AT OU
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.
SIX DEL CITY PLAYERS SIGN
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
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 NEO
Star Spencer running back Terence Olds
was one of four Bobcats who signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M on Wednesday.