NORMAN — Wednesday is the day most high school student athletes’ dreams will begin to feel much more real.
It will be some time before they put their first college uniform on or even move away from home. Still, that does nothing to subtract from what’s come to be known as national signing day.
Some area athletes have already signed in early signing periods or with non-Division I NCAA programs that have different rules about when a scholarship agreement may first be entered into, but Wednesday is still a busy and big day.
Over the previous week, The Transcript has enlisted the help of coaches, athletic directors and coordinators,
principals and anybody else who might answer the phone at any of its 11 area high schools — Norman High, Norman North, Community Christian School, Moore, Westmoore, Southmoore, Noble, Little Axe, Purcell, Lexington, Washington — to put together a list of expected signees, expected-yet-still-undecided signees, athletes who have already signed and even walk-ons who will not be signing but have the understanding they will soon become collegiate student athletes.
It would appear to be a banner year.
In all, The Transcript’s list includes 45 high school athletes expected to sign with particular schools on Wednesday, 17 more who may sign Wednesday, but are believed to be undecided with their choice, 19 more who have already signed letters of intent and four who are planning to walk on to collegiate athletic programs.
A few headliners stand out.
D.J. Ward, a Southmoore defensive end, is considered the state’s top football prospect and has been a long-term verbal commitment to Oklahoma.
Jordan Evans, the Norman North linebacker and return specialist, who led the Timberwolves to the Class 6A state title game, hasn’t been a Sooner commit as long as Ward, but verbally accepted his scholarship invitation following North’s state semifinal victory over Owasso.