Claremore Daily Progress

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January 29, 2013

RECRUITING: Area football players ready to make commitments

MUSKOGEE — While only three area high school standouts appear headed for a Division 1 scholarship when pens hit the papers on National Signing Day a week from Wednesday, plenty of signatures will send players to the next level.

One of those has already signed, Sequoyah quarterback Brayden Scott signed in December with the University of Memphis. Kerwin Thomas of Wagoner, a running back and wide receiver for the 4A semifinalist Bulldogs, has committed to play at Wyoming of the Mountain West Conference.

Vian offensive lineman Rob Boyd committed to Tulsa a year ago and that hasn’t changed. The All-Phoenix Small School Offensive Player of the Year made his official visit this past weekend and has been sold on Hurricane head coach Bill Blankenship’s team throughout.

“Nobody really came in (to the picture), I made it clear that I wasn’t going to be swayed or change my mind,” Boyd texted the Phoenix through Facebook on Sunday. “ There’s no other place like this and nobody else could make me feel wanted like they do.”

Joining him as a walk-on will be Vian teammate Rowdy Simon. A standout for the Wolverines on both sides of the football, the two-time All-Phoenix Defensive Player of the Year will likely wind up as a linebacker in college rather than at running back. His dad, Joe Paul Simon, played there.

Muskogee’s Preston Soper could still find his way to a D1 school as a kicker, a position most plug at the last minute. He’s undecided at this point but has been offered by Fordham University in New York City. It’s a Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA) school.

“I took a visit up there last weekend and enjoyed it,” he said, also through Facebook.

But he has preferred walk-on offers from Tulsa and Oklahoma State and an offer from Northeastern A&M.

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