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Edmond Santa Fe's Ashton Preston turns dream into reality by signing with North Texas

— When Ashton Preston arrived last offseason in Dallas to work out with Quicktwitch owner Clay Mack, there was nothing but raw talent.

It was raw talent that was not quite ready for the Division I level, but there was promise with the Edmond Santa Fe defensive back.

Months later, Preston signed a National Letter of Intent to play at North Texas on Wednesday, completing a long journey that turned his dream into a reality.

“It’s a blessing,” Preston said. “Nothing but God, nothing but God. Two years ago, I had the mindset, but if you told me I was going to be in this position I’d laugh in your face.”

Preston, who is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, is a lockdown corner who is known for his physicality. Last season, he recorded 34 tackles and one interception in nine games for the Wolves.

It was an improvement on just an average junior season.

“He had a nice junior year, but nothing that we saw out of the ordinary. Then watching how he progressed through the summer, we saw he was a Division I kid,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “It was neat watching him develop and put the extra work in with us and how far he came. Literally, his motivation put him in place to do that.”

Preston, who stuck with the Mean Green despite late pushes from programs such as SMU, said he just set out after his junior season to find his way to the next level.

That meant spending a lot of weekends in Dallas with Mack, who owns the company aimed to develop athletes. That meant Preston’s father turned into a public relations guy.

“A lot of hard work went into this,” Preston said. “A lot of this is owed to Coach Mack, though. He had probably the biggest impact on my recruiting process and life and everything. He was like a brother to me. I know he’s like 30 years older than me, but he’s like a brother.”

Mack was in attendance at the National Signing Day ceremony and said he was pleased with the results from Preston.

“I thought he was a D-I talent, but I didn’t know if it translated over,” Mack said. “But now to be honest, I live in Texas and I would list Ashton with one of the top three or four corners in Texas.”

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Ashton Preston puts on a stocking cap for North Texas after signing to play football at UNT during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Ashton Preston puts on a stocking cap for North Texas after signing to play football at UNT during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="Dahu Green makes it official that he will attend The University of Oklahoma at Westmoore High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Moore, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Dahu Green makes it official that he will attend The University of Oklahoma at Westmoore High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Moore, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d1d46639c4d94f4c6a9e93e352024eab.jpg" alt="Photo - Dahu Green makes it official that he will attend The University of Oklahoma at Westmoore High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Moore, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="Dahu Green makes it official that he will attend The University of Oklahoma at Westmoore High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Moore, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Dahu Green makes it official that he will attend The University of Oklahoma at Westmoore High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Moore, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5abf9d0f57e14c2f5ddfb01e2114a4b0.jpg" alt="Photo - Haley Woodard is introduced as she makes her decision to attend Oklahoma State University official at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="Haley Woodard is introduced as she makes her decision to attend Oklahoma State University official at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Haley Woodard is introduced as she makes her decision to attend Oklahoma State University official at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. 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Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9791511613b5fa1d435a8d27d81eb953.jpg" alt="Photo - Dahu Green and teammate Rhett Hall hug as they prepare to sign letters on intent at Westmoore High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Moore, Okla. Green will attend the University of Oklahoma and Hall will be at Oklahoma Baptist University. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="Dahu Green and teammate Rhett Hall hug as they prepare to sign letters on intent at Westmoore High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Moore, Okla. Green will attend the University of Oklahoma and Hall will be at Oklahoma Baptist University. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Dahu Green and teammate Rhett Hall hug as they prepare to sign letters on intent at Westmoore High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Moore, Okla. Green will attend the University of Oklahoma and Hall will be at Oklahoma Baptist University. 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Harris signed to play football at Langston. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman " title="Ken Harris takes a picture with his mother, Marschelle Harris, during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Harris signed to play football at Langston. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Ken Harris takes a picture with his mother, Marschelle Harris, during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Harris signed to play football at Langston. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-50c58cd72759f8c89d297e22869c6e01.jpg" alt="Photo - Jordan Sweat points to his fellow students during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Sweat signed to play football at Langston. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman " title="Jordan Sweat points to his fellow students during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Sweat signed to play football at Langston. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Jordan Sweat points to his fellow students during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Sweat signed to play football at Langston. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f8ed44f1cb330f8597ae76122e8f5102.jpg" alt="Photo - Soccer player Ashley Snider speaks to those gathered for a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Snider signed to play soccer at the University of Central Oklahoma. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman " title="Soccer player Ashley Snider speaks to those gathered for a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Snider signed to play soccer at the University of Central Oklahoma. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Soccer player Ashley Snider speaks to those gathered for a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Snider signed to play soccer at the University of Central Oklahoma. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-271c1d2b8e7b39f83a34841a4ceed38b.jpg" alt="Photo - Soccer player Myles Moore points to his teammates during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Moore signed to play soccer at Oklahoma Baptist University. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman " title="Soccer player Myles Moore points to his teammates during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Moore signed to play soccer at Oklahoma Baptist University. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>Soccer player Myles Moore points to his teammates during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Moore signed to play soccer at Oklahoma Baptist University. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-580c2d42c0eeacbfeba13677c8852fb3.jpg" alt="Photo - J.R. Hensley, right, hugs older brother Ty Hensley at the end of a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. J.R. Hensley signed to play football at the University of Hawaii. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman " title="J.R. Hensley, right, hugs older brother Ty Hensley at the end of a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. J.R. Hensley signed to play football at the University of Hawaii. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>J.R. Hensley, right, hugs older brother Ty Hensley at the end of a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. J.R. Hensley signed to play football at the University of Hawaii. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-041be85df60b240eff41227f673c5ffb.jpg" alt="Photo - J.R. Hensley, back to camera, hugs older brother Ty Hensley after J.R. signed to play football at the University of Hawaii during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman " title="J.R. Hensley, back to camera, hugs older brother Ty Hensley after J.R. signed to play football at the University of Hawaii during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>J.R. Hensley, back to camera, hugs older brother Ty Hensley after J.R. signed to play football at the University of Hawaii during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6076df8e48bc6eb52dafe8fb0f17398d.jpg" alt="Photo - J.R. Hensley, right, listens to older brother Ty Hensley give an interview about their relationship at the end of a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. J.R. Hensley signed to play football at the University of Hawaii. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman " title="J.R. Hensley, right, listens to older brother Ty Hensley give an interview about their relationship at the end of a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. J.R. Hensley signed to play football at the University of Hawaii. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>J.R. Hensley, right, listens to older brother Ty Hensley give an interview about their relationship at the end of a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. J.R. Hensley signed to play football at the University of Hawaii. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3a5beb0fbd38c4dc579d3a6e4960683f.jpg" alt="Photo - J.R. Hensley, left, puts his arm around older brother Ty Hensley after J.R. signed to play football at the University of Hawaii during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman " title="J.R. Hensley, left, puts his arm around older brother Ty Hensley after J.R. signed to play football at the University of Hawaii during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>J.R. Hensley, left, puts his arm around older brother Ty Hensley after J.R. signed to play football at the University of Hawaii during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Ty Hensley also went to Edmond Santa Fe and is a Yankees prospect. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-38215cfb062fc9acf56a48c7c0acb42d.jpg" alt="Photo - J.R. Hensley signs to play football at the University of Hawaii during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman " title="J.R. Hensley signs to play football at the University of Hawaii during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman "><figcaption>J.R. Hensley signs to play football at the University of Hawaii during a national signing day ceremony at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-n_434a7601dc0a735db8af33bfb8c46a52.jpg" alt="Photo - John Kolar is introduced as he and others make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Kolar is going to Oklahoma State University. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="John Kolar is introduced as he and others make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Kolar is going to Oklahoma State University. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>John Kolar is introduced as he and others make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Kolar is going to Oklahoma State University. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f8933ce388b486e21a53e199646b7f78.jpg" alt="Photo - John Kolar reaches for a pen in front of teammate Trevor Magee at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Behind is Bo Garver. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="John Kolar reaches for a pen in front of teammate Trevor Magee at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Behind is Bo Garver. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>John Kolar reaches for a pen in front of teammate Trevor Magee at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Behind is Bo Garver. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8f86d9bf2da0ea7ade817ebfc9f473f4.jpg" alt="Photo - John Kolar is introduced as he and others make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Kolar is going to Oklahoma State University. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="John Kolar is introduced as he and others make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Kolar is going to Oklahoma State University. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>John Kolar is introduced as he and others make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Kolar is going to Oklahoma State University. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7ed41b18b61e023ecaa63250a4bf2999.jpg" alt="Photo - John Kolar and Bo Garver make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="John Kolar and Bo Garver make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>John Kolar and Bo Garver make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c8cb39cccd6b6e27df5c68a63ac1648c.jpg" alt="Photo - Trevor Magee, John Kolar and Bo Garver make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="Trevor Magee, John Kolar and Bo Garver make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Trevor Magee, John Kolar and Bo Garver make their college intentions known at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e1b5574ed3521041469384119f3a7a12.jpg" alt="Photo - Douglass High School's Larry Joubert Jr. talks to guest during a letter of intent signing ceremony at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday February, 04 2015. Joubert signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&amp;M College. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman" title="Douglass High School's Larry Joubert Jr. talks to guest during a letter of intent signing ceremony at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday February, 04 2015. Joubert signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&amp;M College. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Douglass High School's Larry Joubert Jr. talks to guest during a letter of intent signing ceremony at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday February, 04 2015. Joubert signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&amp;M College. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-78479ede67a8d5c77579f4c20a57d7f6.jpg" alt="Photo - Douglass High School's Dameko Doddles, right poses for a selfie with Ericka Watson during a letter of intent signing ceremony in Oklahoma City, Wednesday February, 04 2015. Doddles signed with Wyoming University. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman" title="Douglass High School's Dameko Doddles, right poses for a selfie with Ericka Watson during a letter of intent signing ceremony in Oklahoma City, Wednesday February, 04 2015. Doddles signed with Wyoming University. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Douglass High School's Dameko Doddles, right poses for a selfie with Ericka Watson during a letter of intent signing ceremony in Oklahoma City, Wednesday February, 04 2015. Doddles signed with Wyoming University. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1e9734268d3cae44be95757bd8906a1e.jpg" alt="Photo - Douglass High School's Dameko Doddles, signs a letter of intent during a ceremony at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday February, 04 2015. Doddles signed with Wyoming University. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman" title="Douglass High School's Dameko Doddles, signs a letter of intent during a ceremony at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday February, 04 2015. Doddles signed with Wyoming University. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Douglass High School's Dameko Doddles, signs a letter of intent during a ceremony at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday February, 04 2015. Doddles signed with Wyoming University. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-843b3d7a0c44a85ced955c502057eb41.jpg" alt="Photo - Deer Creek athletes signing letters of intent on Wednesday were: Lane Workman, baseball, Pratt JC; Austin Parker, soccer, USAO, Ricky Ramirez, baseball, Seminole JC. PHOTO PROVIDED" title="Deer Creek athletes signing letters of intent on Wednesday were: Lane Workman, baseball, Pratt JC; Austin Parker, soccer, USAO, Ricky Ramirez, baseball, Seminole JC. PHOTO PROVIDED"><figcaption>Deer Creek athletes signing letters of intent on Wednesday were: Lane Workman, baseball, Pratt JC; Austin Parker, soccer, USAO, Ricky Ramirez, baseball, Seminole JC. PHOTO PROVIDED</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-27fc55a4042c8d2b189bf4725a95fb59.jpg" alt="Photo - Rachel Crisman signs a letter of intent to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. At left is her father Joe Crossman. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman" title="Rachel Crisman signs a letter of intent to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. At left is her father Joe Crossman. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Rachel Crisman signs a letter of intent to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Norman, Okla. At left is her father Joe Crossman. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-74b5783abff4bedc3d2a3cdef294fc5e.jpg" alt="Photo - Mount St. Mary lineman Jesse Turner (front middle) signs a letter of intent to play football next season at Colorado School of Mines. Turner, who had 92 tackles and five sacks last season, QB sacks. Turner is joined by (clockwise from bottom left) his father Dave Turner, brother Jack Turner, MSM coach Chris Stiles, brother Jimmy Turner and mother Shana Turner. PHOTO PROVIDED" title="Mount St. Mary lineman Jesse Turner (front middle) signs a letter of intent to play football next season at Colorado School of Mines. Turner, who had 92 tackles and five sacks last season, QB sacks. Turner is joined by (clockwise from bottom left) his father Dave Turner, brother Jack Turner, MSM coach Chris Stiles, brother Jimmy Turner and mother Shana Turner. PHOTO PROVIDED"><figcaption>Mount St. Mary lineman Jesse Turner (front middle) signs a letter of intent to play football next season at Colorado School of Mines. Turner, who had 92 tackles and five sacks last season, QB sacks. Turner is joined by (clockwise from bottom left) his father Dave Turner, brother Jack Turner, MSM coach Chris Stiles, brother Jimmy Turner and mother Shana Turner. PHOTO PROVIDED</figcaption></figure>
Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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