A number of Edmond and Deer Creek athletes signed national letters of intent to play ball on the collegiate level this week.
The most high-profile signee is Santa Fe football defensive back Khari Harding, who will play at Auburn University.
North football offensive line standout Heath Newland will have preferred walk-on status at the University of Oklahoma.
A pair of state tennis champions from North, Ann Pepper and Nate Roper, will head to OU and Oklahoma State University, respectively. Lady Huskies soccer star and former All-Edmond soccer Player of the Year Courtney Dike will take to the pitch at OSU.
A pair of Deer Creek Antlers, linebacker Kooper Ruminer and running back/linebacker Brennan Miyake, will stay close at the University of Oklahoma.
Deer Creek quarterback Joel Blumenthal, who reportedly had offers from larger schools, has chosen Butler County Community College in Kansas, known for developing quarterbacks.
Oklahoma Christian School had two football players sign letters, and several other Saints are looking at options, OCS Athletic Director Mark Shuck said.
The current list of local signees is below.
Sam Brown — Grandview University (Iowa)
Brock Byford — Northeastern Oklahoma State University
Dante Sanders — Fort Hayes State, Kansas
Luke Hoskins — Southwestern Oklahoma
Jerech Page — Southwestern Oklahoma
Robert Secrets — Grandview University (Iowa)
Heath Newland — University of Oklahoma
Brandon Garrett — Oklahoma Baptist University
Caleb Prough — Southwestern Oklahoma
Courtney Dike — Oklahoma State University
Avery Sanderson — Southern Nazarene University
Ann Pepper — University of Oklahoma
Nate Roper — Oklahoma State University
Edmond Santa Fe
Khari Harding — Auburn
Phillip Sumpter — Memphis
Eric Davis — Northwestern State, Alva
Jalaun Parker — Panhandle State
Cornelius Fugett — Panhandle State
Matthew Giudice II — Hastings College (also cross country)
Austin Place — Univ. of Buffalo
Lisa Robinson — OU
Shali Schoepflin — Cowley County Community College
Hannah Taff — East Central
Austin Loomis — Southwestern State University
Jared Rayburn — Southwestern State University
Tyler Follis — Southwestern State University
Kooper Ruminer — University of Central Oklahoma
Brennan Miyake — University of Central Oklahoma
Joel Blumenthal — Butler County Community College Kansas
Brandon Wackerly — Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College (Miami, OK)
Sophia Brazil — Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian School
Jason Goff — Oklahoma Baptist
Christian Aduddell — Oklahoma Baptist