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February 7, 2013

Lots of Moore athletes give it the ol’ college try

OKLAHOMA CITY — Nick Hardaway had a tough decision to make. Westmoore’s anchor on the offensive line had several scholarship offers, but none had him really excited.

Hardaway always had the dream of playing FBS (Division I) football, and none of his offers reflected that dream.

So the 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive guard decided to take a chance and accept a spot as a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma.

“Since I was little, probably like every little kid, I had the D-I dream,” Hardaway said. “I had a good opportunity too. It was my chance to go play Division I football and I took it … I had some great offers from some great places such as UCO and East Central. The money was there. But when it came down to it, I had to chase that dream.”

There is no guarantee Hardaway will ever see the field or receive a scholarship, but he felt accepting the challenge was the right move for him.

“With their whole O-line situation, it’s not the best it can be,” Hardaway said. “Being a preferred walk-on, it’s a better time than ever for me to go in and make a name for myself. They told me it’s going to be a long road ahead. It’s going to be tough. I know that. But when it comes down to it, it’s my shot.”

Hardaway’s choice was part of a big day for Westmoore football, as many Jaguars took part in national signing day.

That included Addison Staggs, who signed with Central Oklahoma. Staggs was a playmaking safety for the Jags and hopes to be the same for the Bronchos.

Staggs’ sister, Jade, went through the same process. She signed with the Oklahoma State golf team three years ago and is now on the other side of Bedlam at OU.

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