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Signing day: Some non-football signings of note

Signing day is about more than just football. Here are some stories of athletes going to college to play soccer, baseball and softball
by Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber and Jacob Unruh Published: February 6, 2013

It was a smart choice.

Brazil was part of last season's Class 5A championship team, which had four players sign to play collegiately.

She was the lone signee this season, though. And she was prepared for it.

DJ Gasso

*College: Weatherford (Texas) College

*Sport: Baseball

Norman North's DJ Gasso has been through a lot during his high school career.

He suffered a torn patellar tendon early last baseball season after developing tendinitis in both knees during the previous football season.

Nearly a year later, though, the pain he went through to get back first on the football field and now on the baseball field seems worth it after he signed Wednesday to play baseball at Weatherford (Texas) College.

“It's a relief,” Gasso, the son of Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso, said. “Growing up, you think about wanting to play in college and to get a chance to do that, I'm really excited.”

Gasso wasn't the only Timberwolves player signing with Weatherford. Luke Jones also signed with the Coyotes.

“We've been playing together since we were in fifth grade,” Gasso said. “I'm going with my best friend. It's great that we get to stick together in college.”

Braeden Bradshaw

*College: Seminole State

*Sport: Softball

Southmoore's Braeden Bradshaw plays quite a few sports.

“Basketball, track, cheer and gymnastics,” Bradshaw said. “I've done just about everything besides golf, tennis and lacrosse.”

But there was little doubt that she was going to be a softball player as well.

“I really don't think I had a choice,” Bradshaw said. “It's a family thing.”

Her father, Chris, played on Oklahoma's 1994 national championship baseball team.

Wednesday, Braeden signed to play softball at Seminole State.

“It's a lot to take in,” she said. “It's a big step but I'm excited for it.”

Bradshaw settled on Seminole State last summer and even though some four-year schools tried to recruit her, she was set on her destination.

“I knew that's where I wanted to be all along,” she said.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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