Signing Day notebook: Southmoore's Owens picks K-State
MOORE — As he answered the biggest question that remained on National Signing Day, Southmoore's Gervarrius Owens decided to have a little fun with everyone.
Owens had previously been committed to Memphis, and a lot of people expected him to stick with the Tigers when he made his official announcement Wednesday afternoon in the Southmoore gym.
But as the Memphis hat neared the top of his head, he tossed it away and pulled on a purple Kansas State hat.
“The opportunity that they gave me was something I could not turn down,” said Owens, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back. “Being able to play in the Big 12, being 41/2 hours away from my family … It feels just like home.”
While Owens won't be heading to Memphis, his SaberCat teammate and close friend Quindon Lewis still is, making it official on Wednesday, more than seven months after he committed.
And Lewis was happy for his friend, even if Owens wasn't coming to Memphis with him.
“He made the right decision for him,” Lewis said. “We're still family, regardless. If we ever get to play each other, the minute we step on the field, it's different. We'll be enemies. But we're always family.”
CHA's Ergenbright happy he stuck with football
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DEL CITY — Kyle Ergenbright was content with not playing college football.
He had talked with Christian Heritage Academy coach Tony Merrell last year about life after football. Ergenbright wanted to do mission work.
So he traveled the world in the summer. He was in the African nation Mozambique. He traveled to Paris and Amsterdam.
“I thought that maybe sacrificing football would be a great way for me to show God that I'm all in,” Ergenbright said.
However, a lot of things can change when an athlete puts on football pads. The first time Ergenbright suited up in August, he knew he was making a mistake.
“People would tell me I can do better, I can go big, but at the same time I'm content with (not playing),” Ergenbright said. “I wanted to put in the work that's necessary to see.”
Ergenbright — an athletic 6-5, 275-pound offensive lineman — signed his letter of intent Wednesday with Northern Colorado
Ergenbright said he isn't quite ready to abandon his mission work.
“I think college football is the best mission field that I'm ever going to be on,” Ergenbright said. “After that, who knows?”
Air Force the right fit for Wullschleger
J.T. Wullschleger believes he found more than football with Air Force.
Edmond Santa Fe's do-it all senior signed with the academy, where he will be a slot back in the triple-option offense.
“The academics really drew me there,” Wullschleger said. “I wasn't just about playing football or just about having a good time. I wanted to set myself up for the future. It was either that or out to Cornell.”
Wullschleger said he's prepared for the military commitment with Air Force. He's mostly gained knowledge of it by talking with friends who have been through what he's about to join.
“They've only spoken good things about it,” said Wullschleger, who was sporting a beard he said he planned to shave at the last minute.
Senior class helped transform PC West football
Putnam City West coach Rocky Martin got his first glimpse at Nick Robinson's talent almost five years ago.
“It was the summer before his eighth-grade year,” Martin said. “We were doing summer workouts, our Patriot Pride. We were running 100s, and he jumped up with those (high school) guys and beat them all.
“I knew right away that an eighth-grader doing that, he was going to be something special.”
Martin proved to be right about Robinson, and on Wednesday afternoon, the Patriots' wide receiver signed a letter of intent to play football for Memphis.
“Today is a really special day,” Robinson said. “When I was 4, I pictured this day, someday making it to college, one of my biggest goals to reach in life. It is a big dream come true.”
It also was a banner day for Putnam City West as eight Patriots signed letters of intent to play college football.
“It's a record since I've been here,” said Martin, who has been on the Patriots coaching staff for seven seasons, the past five as head coach. “It's a real big deal. It's great for the school. It's great for the community. It's great for these guys”
In the three previous seasons, the Patriots won a total of 10 games. This past season, led by the senior class, West won seven games during the regular season and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1996 before losing in the first round.
In addition to Robinson, the Putnam City West signees included quarterback Trey Gooch, Southwestern; defensive back Tyon Davis, nose guard A.J. Barnett, and wide receiver Chris Potts, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; offensive lineman Caden Thompson, Oklahoma Baptist; linebacker Katrell King, Southern Nazarene; and running back Jordan Early, Northwestern.
“From when they were in middle school, the whole group has been pretty special,” said Martin, who will be coaching Norman High next season.
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