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Torn ACL led to scholarship offers for Norman North's Colton Cline

BY JUSTIN HARPER, Staff Writer, jharper@opubco.com Published: February 4, 2010
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photo - Norman North football player Colton Cline, next to his mother Melissa Auld, reaches for a pen to sign a letter of intent to play for Sam Houston State in the high school's library on Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Norman North football player Colton Cline, next to his mother Melissa Auld, reaches for a pen to sign a letter of intent to play for Sam Houston State in the high school's library on Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

"It was real important to me to get the chance to play both sports with my brother," said Cline, who will play in both the All-State game and the Oil Bowl this summer. "I don't think I'll ever have that chance again — unless he comes to Sam Houston State, too. But I think he's going to have more offers than what I had."

As for wrestling in college, Cline is only going to focus on football at Sam Houston State. But he's not completely leaving the sport.

"I might do some coaching while I'm down there," he said. "But my wrestling days will be over after this season. Wrestling isn't too big in Texas, so this is it for me for wrestling."

Posing for photos after the signing ceremony at the Norman North library, Cline gave North linebacker Nick Canavan, who signed with Division I-AA Missouri State Wednesday, a good-natured jab. Canavan missed out on a Division I-A scholarship because of his size (6-foot, 205 pounds) even though his all-around athleticism is among the best in 6A. Speaking to a reporter, Cline nudged Canavan and quipped, 'Yeah, I've got that D-I size.'"

No question about that. Still, as he'll tell you, it may have been an ACL tear that led to his D-I scholarship.


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