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UCO Signs 25 In Football, Five In Soccer

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The Central Oklahoma Bronchos signed 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).

DB - Braden Calip (5'9" 184) – Tulsa (Jenks)

Jenks Class 6A All-Star selection and an All-District pick after helping lead Jenks High School to the state championship . . . Had one of his three interceptions on the season in the state title game . . . Three-year starter for the powerful Trojans . . . Father (Brad) was a college star at East Central and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame . . . Also a state track qualifier in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Coach Nick Bobeck Says: "Braden is another kid that is extremely versatile. He will play cornerback for us but also played extensively at running back for Jenks. Braden is a kid with a huge upside and is a great addition to our program."

LB - Dylan Cantrell (6'4" 195) -- Wagoner

Helped lead Wagoner High School to the Class 4A state championship as a junior . . . Also a baseball standout for the Bulldogs.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Dylan is a long, athletic outside linebacker who plays with great effort and physicality. His length and mentality will allow him to be a force both in run support and coverage."

OL - Hunter Chalfant (6'5" 280) -- Hinton

Coach Bobeck Says: "Hunter is a small school kid with a huge upside. He is very athletic with great feet and long arms. Once he adjusts to the speed and physicality of the college game he could be the steal of the class."

DE La'teze Clayton (6'1" 210) -- Wagoner

Wagoner Class 4A All-Star for Wagoner High School in 2012 . . . Had a 99-yard kickoff return during his career . . . Helped the Bulldogs capture the state title as a junior . . . Also a basketball and track standout.

Coach Bobeck Says: "La'teze is a very versatile athlete who will play defensive end and outside linebacker and he even returned a few kicks for his high school team. He can really run and has a knack for making plays in the backfield."

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

Coach Bobeck Says: "Omari is an extremely talented cover man with very long arms for his height. He transitions seamlessly in and out of breaks."

WR Josh Crockett (6'4" 180) -- Bristow

Caught 81 passes for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior at Bristow High School in earning Class 3A All-Star and All-District honors . . . Third-place state finisher in the 200-meter dash last year.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Josh is a long, athletic wide receiver who has the ability to out jump and out run defenders. With time in the weight room he will be a physically imposing athlete at wide out."

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

Four-year starter at Fort Gibson High School . . . Rushed for 1,261 yards as a sophomore and then collected 2,937 all-purpose yards – including 1,882 rushing – his junior season while scoring 25 touchdowns . . . Capped his career last fall with a school-record 2,253 rushing yards, including a 411-yard game . . . Was named Verdigris Conference Player of the Year, Muskogee Phoenix Player of the Year, Vype Magazine Player of the Year and District 4A-4 Player of the Year . . . Also named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association and Tulsa World All-State team.

Coach Bobeck Says: "A really good high school football player who runs with great body lean. Jake has the ability to always have a foot in the ground and get north and south quickly."

WR Zach Hill (6'4" 205) -- Blanchard

Snared 56 passes for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior at Blanchard High School to earn District 3A-1 Co-Player of the Year and Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State recognition . . . Helped lead the Lions to the Class 3A state championship last fall . . . Also a baseball, basketball and track letterman.

Coach Bobeck Says: "A big, physical wide receiver who played all over the field for Blanchard. A special athlete that can really elevate and catch the ball with his hands. Once he catches the ball he is a handful to bring down."

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

Three-year starter at center for Coppell (Texas) High School . . . Two-time All-District pick and earned honorable mention All-State honors twice . . . Also a baseball, track and wrestling letterman.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Leighton is a big, thick-bodied kid who played in one of the best 5A programs in Texas. He is a physical presence that understands how to finish on level one and level two."

OL Mvhayv Locust (6'8" 260) -- Tahlequah

Tahlequah Prep standout at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah . . . Also lettered in basketball and track.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Myhayv is huge! He's a raw kid who bends extremely well for how long he is. The ceiling for this kid is extremely high."

DB Clay McKenzie (6'0" 190) Gainesville, TX

Quarterback-defensive back at Callisburg High School . . . All-District MVP as a senior last fall after racking up nearly 2,300 total yards and accounting for 34 touchdowns . . . Also a baseball and track standout.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Clay is a rugged athlete who can really run. We expect him to be an extremely physical force in our secondary."

Defense Dedrien Nowden (5'11" 167) -- Davis

Defensive standout for Davis High School who helped lead the Wolves to a 14-1 record and a Class 2A state runner-up finish last fall . . . Had two interceptions in semifinal win.

Coach Bobeck Says: "An explosive athlete who will transition from linebacker into the secondary. One of the most physically gifted kids in this class."

OL Sam Noble (6'5" 285) -- Oologah

Had 57 pancake blocks during his senior season and graded out at 87 percent by the Oologah High School coaching staff . . . Two-way starter, also recording 43 tackles with two sacks on defense to help the Mustangs reach the Class 4A state playoffs . . . Was a Tulsa World All-Metro selection last fall.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Sam is a long, athletic offensive tackle who has the ability to compete early in his career. Once he gets used to the physicality of the position we believe he will be a very productive player."

DL Dillon Rice (6'3" 295) -- Muskogee

All-District pick last fall for Muskogee High School . . . Three-year starter for the Roughers

Coach Bobeck Says: "Dillon is a powerful kid who recreates the line of scrimmage and runs well enough to play sideline to sideline. He is a big get for the Bronchos."

QB Brooks Robertson (6'2" 195) -- Roland

Led Roland High School to a nine-win season, the District 3A-8 co-championship and the school's first playoff win since the 1970s as a senior last fall . . . Passed for 2,446 yards and 35 touchdowns with just four interceptions while adding 503 yards and seven TDs rushing in earning Fort Smith Times-Record All-Area Oklahoma Most Valuable Player honors . . . Also a star basketball player for the Rangers.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Brooks is a big, sturdy-built kid with a live arm. He's also a kid who demonstrates great leadership as a quarterback on the football team and point guard on their basketball team."

HB Kooper Ruminer (6'3" 215) -- Edmond

Coach Bobeck Says: "Kooper is an impressive athlete who will add versatility to the Broncho offense in both the passing game and run game."

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

Oklahoma Coaches Association and Oklahoman All-State selection as a senior at Lawton High School . . . Also named District Defensive Lineman of the Year for the Wolverines.

Coach Bobeck Says: "B.J. is a highly athletic defensive tackle who is powerful and flexible enough to create an interior pass rush. He is another big man that can really run."

DB Cade Shearwood (6'1" 190) -- Stigler

Two-way star at Stigler High School . . . Had more than 3,000 yards total offense as a junior in earning Muskogee Phoenix and Fort Smith Southwest Times Offensive Player of the Year . . . Passed for 2,032 yards and rushed for 1,799 more while accounting for 40 touchdowns last fall to repeat as Southwest Times Offensive Player of Year . . . Honorable mention All-Stater by the Oklahoman and Tulsa World.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Cade is a big physical safety who played all over the field for Stigler High School. We anticipate him adding to the physicality of our defense with his athleticism and mentality."

Colton Shearwood (5'10" 175) Stigler

Wide receiver-defensive back star for Stigler High School . . . Had 71 tackles with three interceptions along with 16 catches for 352 yards and two touchdowns as a junior . . . Caught 51 passes for 857 yards and eight TDs in 2012 along with making 47 tackles and picking off three passes on defense . . . Also a standout baseball player for the Panthers.

Coach Bobeck Says: "A multi-talented athlete who excelled on both sides of the ball for his high school team. We will play Colton at safety and expect him to use his athletic ability to be a force in the back end of our defense."

DL Thurman Smith (6'2" 290) -- Tulsa

McLain Made 44 tackles with seven sacks and two forced fumbles for Tulsa McLain High School in 2012 despite missing four games to injury . . . Earned All-District honors . . . Also a basketball letterman.

Coach Bobeck Says: ""Thurman is a talented kid that has the ability to be a cog in the DL rotation for a long time. He holds a point very well on the interior defensive line."

QB Chas Stallard (6'0" 200) -- Cleveland

Dual threat as three-year starting quarterback at Cleveland High School, racking up more than 9,000 career yards rushing and passing . . . Passed for 6,158 yards and ran for 3,018 while totaling 112 touchdowns . . . Class 4A All-Star pick and Tulsa World All-Metro selection as a senior while also earning District 4A-3 Player of the Year honors . . . Also a three-time All-Conference performer in baseball as well as a basketball and track letterman.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Chas is an athletic quarterback with great leadership ability. He carried his team this year with his knack for avoiding the rush and making plays down field."

OL Brandon Waggoner (6'1" 280) -- Jenks

Offensive line star at Class 6A power Jenks High School, starting three straight years . . . Oklahoman, Tulsa World and Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State selection as a senior after helping the Trojans capture the state championship . . . Also ran for three touchdowns from fullback slot.

Coach Bobeck Says: "Brandon is just a really good football player. He's a kid that will play offensive line for us, but he's athletic enough to play defensive line as well. He could even line up in the backfield on short yardage/goal-line sets."

DB Dylan Ward (5'10" 170) Flower Mound, TX

Coach Bobeck Says: "A physical player who understands how the game is supposed to be played. Dylan is a kid that plays really hard and understands the mental aspect of the game."

OL Aaron Williams (6'3" 285) -- Lawton

Coach Bobeck Says: "Aaron is a big, athletic guard who has demonstrated the ability to pull and bend at the point of attack. He is a physically impressive kid with broad shoulders and lower body structure."

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

Coach Bobeck Says: "An athletic kid who can really run for his size. Dominique has the ability to recreate the line of scrimmage and athletic enough to finish with a tackle."

SOCCER

Central Oklahoma soccer coach Mike Cook added five high school standouts to the program Wednesday.

Inking national letters of intent with the perennial powerhouse Bronchos were Ashley McDaniel of Tulsa Union, Kenna Dyess of Broken Arrow, Nicole Voss of McGuinness, Darla Hyde of Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas and Kayla Turner of Charles Page High School in Sand Springs.

"We're very excited to have these five outstanding players join the UCO program and look forward to working with them over the course of their college careers," said Cook, who has led the Bronchos to nine NCAA Division II national tournament berths in 15 years at the helm. "We feel that all five are quality student-athletes who provide great potential that will strengthen and benefit us in the 2013 soccer season."

McDaniel was an excellent defender at Union and also plays for TSC Hurricane, one of the top club teams in the country. She's expected to contribute right away in strengthening UCO's back line.

Dyess is another solid defender who also plays for the TSC Hurricane club team. Her height will give her a strong presence in the back line as well.

The fleet-footed Voss plays club soccer for OFC in Edmond and should make an immediate impact in the midfield for the Bronchos.

Hyde is an athletic midfielder/forward with great speed who should push for playing time right away as a freshman next fall.

The versatile Turner can play a number of positions on the field and will provide added depth in several spots. She plays for the Blitz United club team out of Tulsa.

UCO went 16-3-3 last season, finishing runner-up in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and winning its first-round game in the national tournament before being eliminated.

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