TULSA — Hanks wasn't the only player from the state of Colorado to sign with the Hurricane, as Tulsa corralled quarterback Ryan Rubley. The 6'4" signal-caller, who's father T.J. played quarterback for the Golden Hurricane from 1987-91, went somewhat under the radar after missing good portion of his junior season due to injury.
Colorado and the state of Missouri hadn't seen a whole lot of players come to the Hurricane in recent years, but just like Colorado, Tulsa dipped into the state of Missouri this year and plucked out one player. Tight end Kolton Shindelar, a 6'6", 252-pound athlete who is a track star, saw most of his playing time on the football field as a senior at Liberty (Mo.) High School, where he became a highly sought-after prospect.
Tulsa added a third player from Tulsa's Union High School as running back/H-back Chris Hall joins linemen Mejia and Rodriguez as Hurricane signees. Hall has good size and is another athletic player who is expected to fit in nicely at the H-back position.
Two eastern Oklahoma student-athletes who were signed as athletes -Jaylen Lowe and Ben Oberste - both played quarterback at nearby high schools, but will most likely make a new position their home in a Golden Hurricane uniform.
"I think Jaylen is a really special player. It will be really interesting to see how he develops, and then Ben as well. Both were quarterbacks in high school, and could possible play quarterback, but their real gift to us is their athleticism. They are both just tremendously gifted athletes that can do a lot of things and could find themselves on the field pretty quickly."
Again, the Tulsa philosophy of starting with local student-athletes and going outward with keeping a 250-mile radius in mind is very evident with the 2013 class.