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Southmoore's Jackson Stallings knows going to Yale is about more than football

Jackson Stallings didn't sign the same National Letter of Intent as some of the other SaberCats athletes on Wednesday, but the signing ceremony still meant plenty.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 7, 2013
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/articleid/3753007/1/pictures/1947076">Photo - Jackson Stallings adjusts his Yale University hat at the end of the signing ceremony.  More than a dozen Southmoore High School athletes signed letters of intent to play at various colleges and universities  during an afternoon signing ceremony  in the school's gymnasium on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Jackson Stallings adjusts his Yale University hat at the end of the signing ceremony. More than a dozen Southmoore High School athletes signed letters of intent to play at various colleges and universities during an afternoon signing ceremony in the school's gymnasium on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

“Jackson is a very determined young man,” Black said. “He's very ambitious; he's very mature for his age but very focused. He relates well with his peers, relates well with others and he's very goal oriented.”

Black got emotional watching not only Stallings but several other athletes in the class make their college decisions public.

“The best part of my job is to watch young people achieve their goals,” Black said. “I held it together all week, all day today but whenever all of our student-athletes were lined up and signing their letters, that's when I tear up a little.

“It's all tears of joy because I want all of the students to see these young men and women and know that they too can achieve their goals.”

Stallings spent several months deciding between Yale and Harvard.

Now that he's picked his side, he's especially looking forward to Nov. 23 when the Bulldogs meet Harvard at home.

“It's war now,” Stallings said. “Relatable down here, it's OU-Texas; It's OU-OSU.

“They call it The Game. It's one of the oldest established football games in the history of sports, so I'm definitely blessed to have the opportunity to play for them and go after an Ivy League title for four years.”

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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