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February 7, 2013

Lots of Moore athletes give it the ol’ college try

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“It’s a big moment in my life,” Addison Staggs said. “Seeing my sister sign three years ago, I was always wanting to work to that point. And it’s finally here. It’s a great feeling. UCO was close to home for me. I am a big family man. I wanted to stay close to home. I think I can do a lot of good at the UCO program.”

Moore had one football player sign on the dotted line Wednesday. Ethan Birdwell will be attending Bethel College in Newton, Kan.

Southmoore held its signing day festivities Wednesday afternoon. Most of its athletes had already made it known where they were headed. That included Jackson Stallings, who signed with Yale, and the state’s top recruit D.J. Ward, who’s already enrolled at Oklahoma.

Ward was unable to play his entire senior season after transferring from Lawton. Still enters OU as the top-ranked prep prospect in the state.

“I am glad it’s done,” Ward said. “I am back to low status and just ready to play football again.”

Nick Ward was the last of the SaberCats to make his decision and he chose Wofford University in South Carolina over Air Force.

“I made my final decision yesterday actually, the day before signing day,” Ward said. “I was talking to both coaches and decided Wofford would be the place for me … I felt like I fit in better there.”

Ward was also being recruited heavily to play baseball. One of the reasons he chose Wofford is the opportunity to play both.

“That was very important,” Ward said. “I really like playing both sports. And I feel like I can excel at both. This is the biggest day of my life. Basically picking my future. It’s a great day for me.”

 

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