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February 6, 2013

UCO signs 25 in football

EDMOND — Central Oklahoma struck it big on the high school recruiting trail Wednesday, with the Bronchos signing 25 Oklahoma and Texas prep stars to national letters of intent.

UCO concentrated heavily on linemen, adding six on offense and five on defense while also bringing in five defensive backs.

The Bronchos signed 20 state players and five from Texas, gaining two from Class 6A state champion Jenks (DB Braden Calip and All-State OL Brandon Waggoner) and one from Class 3A winner Blanchard (All-State WR Zach Hill).

Second-year head coach Nick Bobeck was thrilled with UCO’s success.

“We went into this recruiting season knowing that we needed to improve the overall size and physicality of our football team but didn’t want to sacrifice mobility and athleticism to do so,” Bobeck said. “I feel very confident that we were able to do that at every position.

“Our staff worked very hard to find young men that fit into the culture we are creating here at UCO. We targeted kids that want to be at UCO and want to earn a degree, not just play football. We’re very excited about this class and the future of our great program.

“Each of the young men we signed have great potential but that will only take them so far. Their determination, mindset and demeanor will determine how good they will actually be in the end. I am very proud that these young men are now Bronchos. We will continue to add a few more pieces as we progress through the spring and summer just as we did last year. The future is bright for UCO football.”

Name                    Pos.    Ht.     Wt.     Hometown (High School)

Braden Calip            DB      5-9     184     Jenks (Jenks)

Dylan Cantrell          LB      6-4     195     Wagoner (Wagoner)

Hunter Chalfant OL      6-5     280     Hinton (Hinton)

La’teze Clayton DE      6-1     210     Wagoner (Wagoner)

Omari Cole              DB      5-11    180     Coppell, TX (Coppell)

Josh Crockett           WR      6-4     180     Bristow (Bristow)

Jacob Gandara   RB      5-10    185     Fort Gibson (Fort Gibson)

Zach Hill                       WR      6-4     205     Blanchard (Blanchard)

Leighton Light          OL      6-2     290     Coppell, TX (Coppell)

Mvhayv Locust           OL      6-8     260     Tahlequah (Sequoyah)

Clay Mckenzie           DB      6-0     190     Gainesville, TX (Callisburg)

Dedrien Nowden  Ath     5-11    167     Davis (Davis)

Sam Noble               OL      6-5     285     Oologah (Oologah)

Dillon Rice             DL      6-3     295     Muskogee (Muskogee)

Brooks Robertson        QB      6-2     195     Roland (Roland)

Kooper Ruminer  HB      6-3     215     Edmond (Deer Creek)

B.J. Scott                      DL      6-2     260     Lawton (Lawton)

Cade Shearwood  DB      6-1     190     Stigler (Stigler)

Colton Shearwood        Ath     5-10    175     Stigler (Stigler)

Thurman Smith   DL      6-2     290     Tulsa (McLain)

Chas Stallard           QB      6-2     200     Cleveland (Cleveland)

Brandon Waggoner        OL      6-1     280     Jenks (Jenks)

Dylan Ward              DB      5-10    170     Flower Mound, TX (Marcus)

Aaron Williams          OL      6-3     285     Lawton (Eisenhower)

Dominique Wyatt DL      6-2     270     Rowlett, TX (Rowlett)

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