The Norman Transcript

February 3, 2013

Area athletes will make their collegiate intentions clear on Wednesday

By Clay Horning
The Norman Transcript

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.

Other prospects staying in-state to play FBS (previously Division I) football include Norman High’s Zac Uhles and North’s Redford Jones, both expected to sign with Tulsa.

In Southmoore’s Jackson Stallings, expected to sign with Yale, there is one future Ivy Leaguer.

Other Division I prospects include North’s Trent Laffoon, headed to Oral Roberts to play soccer, as well as two of his teammates, Ashton Bray and Curtis McCrae, headed to Central Arkansas.

Four area athletes have already signed Division I letters: NHS Bethany Cox is going to Lamar to play basketball; Southmoore’s Tre Edwards is going to Arkansas to play baseball; Southmoore’s Kayla Tucker is headed to Alabama State to play basketball; and Little Axe’s Andee Frazier, after pitching the Indians to three straight state championships, is headed to Missouri-Kansas City, to play softball.

Many more will fill football and volleyball and softball and wrestling and golf and track and field rosters below the Division I level, within the state and beyond.

Transcript Sports Writers Corbin Hosler and Michael Kinney contributed reporting to this story.

THE LIST

National signing day, the day most high school student athletes agree to scholarship agreements to play college sports, is Wednesday. More than 70 area athletes from 11 Transcript area high schools are expected to sign or have already signed on to become collegiate student athletes, and still more may have options on Wednesday. The following list may not include every future collegiate athlete in the area, but with the help of area coaches, athletic directors, principals and school secretaries, three days before the big day, The Transcript has compiled a list that may not be completely exhaustive, but is likely very close.

NORMAN HIGH

Expected to sign Wednesday

Zac Uhles, football, Tulsa

Imond Robinson, football, Arkansas Tech

Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris, track and field, Oklahoma City University

Haley Gee, track and field, St. Gregory’s

Already signed

Bethany Cox, basketball, Lamar

Summer Leitka, softball, Northern State

NORMAN NORTH

Expected to sign Wednesday

Jordan Evans, football, Oklahoma

Redford Jones, football, Tulsa

Jake Higginbotham, football, Central Oklahoma

Jaxon Uhles, football, Pitsburg (Kan.) State

Evan Cols, football, East Central

Beau Proctor, football, Northeastern Oklahoma

Lavonte Doxey, football, Northwestern Oklahoma

Trent Laffoon, soccer, Oral Roberts

Ashton Bray, soccer, Central Arkansas

Curtis McCrae, soccer, Central Arkansas

Katelyn Dollard, softball, Southwestern Christian

Morgan Wardlow, softball, Seminole State

CCS

Expected to sign Wednesday

Andrew McClung, football, Southern Nazarene

Ellen Deal, volleyball, Oklahoma Baptist

Already signed

Nikki Davidson, softball, Oklahoma Christian

MOORE

Expected to sign Wednesday

Kylie Gaither, softball, Southwest Christian

Tianna Gutierrez, softball, Bacone College

Hannah Lynch, softball, Hendrix (Ark.) College

Jazmine White, softball, Northern Oklahoma

Taylor Gretman, golf, St. Gregory’s

Victoria Freeman, volleyball, Oklahoma Baptist

Derek Sivertsen, wrestling, Oklahoma Christian

Kenady Maynard, soccer, Mid-America Christian

Cindy Ramos, soccer, Southwestern Oklahoma State

WESTMOORE

Expected to sign Wednesday

Josh Morgan, football, East Central

Zack Clark, football, Oklahoma Baptist

Jerritt Moore, football, Northeastern Oklahoma

Maddi Dobbs, soccer, Northeastern State

Alexander Svetgoff, baseball, Northwestern Oklahoma

Cameron Knight, baseball, Butler (Kan.) CC

SOUTHMOORE

Expected to sign Wednesday

D.J. Ward, football, Oklahoma

Jackson Stallings, football, Yale

Terrance Bonner, football, East Central

Cody Earp, football, Colorado State-Pueblo

Johnathan Martin, football, Southern Nazarene

Karltrell Henderson, football, Southwestern Oklahoma State

Alyssa Glitzke, soccer, Southern Nazarene

Kenzie Bice, soccer, Oklahoma Baptist

Bobby Pierce, baseball, Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC

Braeden Bradshaw, softball, Seminole State

Already signed

Tre Edwards, baseball, Arkansas

Kayla Tucker, basketball, Alabama State

Cassidy Herbster, golf, Southern Nazarene Univeristy

NOBLE

Already signed

J.E. Bailey, wrestling, Oklahoma City University

Bailey Ames, softball, University of the Ozarks

Paige Williams, softball, Ottawa (Kan.) University

Taylor Kelly, softball, Seminole State

LITTLE AXE

Already signed

Andee Frazier, softball, Missouri-Kansas City

Sammy Leisinger, softball, Oklahoma Baptist

Reagan McDoulett, softball, St. Gregory’s

PURCELL

Already signed

McKenna Eubank, softball, USAO

Kaylin Taylor, softball, USAO

Jazmine Koerner, softball, Southwestern Christian

WASHINGTON

Already signed

Taylor Howard, softball, Mid-America Christian

Jacie Stephens, softball, Emporia (Kan.) State

Tiffany Winchester, softball, Northern Oklahoma

LEXINGTON

Expected to sign Wednesday

Dalton Duke, football, Northwestern Oklahoma

Colton Langford, football, Northwestern Oklahoma

Already signed

Tia Parker, softball, Neosho (Mo.) College

UNDECIDED

May sign Wednesday

Blake Dean, Norman High, football

Michael Beard, Norman High, football

Ayo Oyesanyo, Norman High, football

Aerion Hines, Norman High, football

D.J. Hicks, Norman North, football

Corbin Cleveland, Norman North, football

Jack Davis, Norman North, football

Justin Martin, Norman North, football

Bryan Payne, Norman North, football

James West, Westmoore, football

Addison Staggs, Westmoore, football

James West, Westmoore, football

John Finn, Westmoore, football

Chris Ong, Westmoore, soccer

Nick Ward, Southmoore, football

Dapree Carson, Southmoore, football

Jack Spradling, Southmoore, football

Expected walk-ons

Nick Hardaway, Westmoore, football, Oklahoma

Alex Borgerding, CCS, football, Oklahoma

Nate White, football, CCS, Central Oklahoma

Cannon Coy, football, CCS, Central Oklahoma

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