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February 6, 2014

Timberwolves’ signees leave large legacy

NORMAN — Twenty-five wins in three seasons. Back-to-back district titles. Norman North’s first-ever state championship game appearance.

That’s the legacy the senior class of 2014 leaves to North’s football program, and on Wednesday at a National Signing Day event five of those players took the biggest step to continuing their careers.

With David Cornwell already graduated and enrolled at Alabama, the rest of North’s 2014 class made their decisions official. One player — All-State wide receiver Nick Basquine — will stay in Norman as an invited walk-on at Oklahoma, while tight end Payton Prince will continue his career at Tulsa. Three others — Adim Chukwurah, Trey Wormington and Tyler Sipe — signed with the University of Central Oklahoma on Wednesday.

The six were a major part of a history-making group at North. They won more games in three years than any other class. They earned back-to-back district crowns in the final season of the current Class 6A district alignment. They made an improbable run to the state final two years ago and overachieved last season after a season-ending injury to Cornwell.

“If there’s one word for this group, it’s resilient,” coach Wade Standley said after the season ended. “They’ve battled through everything that could possibly happen this season.”

For the seniors, it’s a legacy that the third-year coach, who developed the group from the start, said can’t be replaced.

“They were a great class, and showed tremendous leadership,” Standley said after watching his former players sign binding letters of intent. “From day one when I came here they had great work ethic. It’s an exciting day and I’m so proud of them. You hate to see them go, but I’m excited for their future.”

For all six, that’s a future that looks bright. Cornwell transferred into North last season and made the immediate impact expected of the highly touted prospect. After his ACLinjury, the Timberwolves rallied around junior John Kolar and thanks largely in part to the senior class, still secured a second straight district title.

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