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February 6, 2013

Moore athletes moving to the next level, sign with college teams

OKLAHOMA CITY — Nick Hardaway had a tough decision to make. Westmoore's anchor on the offensive line had several scholarship offers from schools around the country, but none of them really made him excited.

Hardaway has always had a dream of playing Division I football and none of the offers he had received fit into that category.

However, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive guard decided to take a chance with his football career when he was invited to be a preferred walk-on atthe University of Oklahoma.

"Since I was little, probably like every little kid, I had the D-I dream," Hardaway said. "I had a good opportunity to. It was my chance to go play Division I football and I took it. It was actually very hard. 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 get 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. It's the best opportunity I have.,

"It's my one chance to truly prove myself. If I do get, it will be something I truly deserve."

Hardaway signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning surrounded by his family, friends and the rest of the Westmoore athletes who were taking part in National Signing Day.

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