, Muskogee, OK


February 6, 2013

Signed and sealed

With some surprises, area athletes’ decisions become official


His TU “family”

When Rob Boyd talked to friends and family about University of Tulsa football program on Wednesday, he kept using words like “we” and “our.”

That’s understandable. Tulsa is his new family. The 6-4, 305-pound offensive lineman officially a part of the program after signing his national letter of intent with the Golden Hurricane.

“It’s kind of a relief to have this whole process over with and I’ve signed with the school of my dreams,” Boyd, listed as a four-star recruit by,  “I also know I’ll be taken care of at Tulsa. It was place that really felt right to me.”

Boyd’s belief in Tulsa was so strong that he verbally committed to the program last March.

“They really pushed for me and that goes  a long way in my book,” he said. “If you really want me, then you have to make effort to show me that you do want me. Tulsa made the best effort.

“They kept in contact with me constantly. I was recruited by University of Oklahoma by one day and maybe not hear from them for a month after that.”

Boyd graded out 98 percent in his senior year in leading the Wolverines to the Class 2A state semifinals. He graded 94 percent for his career at Vian.

Vian coach Brandon Tyler said Boyd is likely moved to guard from tackle when he begins his Tulsa career.

“They’re guard-heavy now and they’ll probably redshirt Rob,” Tyler said. “That’s fine as it’ll give him another year to get bigger and learn their system a little bit.”

Wide receiver Tre Locust signed with Northeastern State, kicker Tyler Cortez with Northeastern A&M and linebacker Rowdy Simon will be a walk-on at Tulsa.

“Those three guys have a chance to be impact players at their schools,” Vian coach Brandon Tyler said. “Tre had a great career for us and was our go-to receiver. Tyler didn’t come out for football here until his sophomore year and he’s only going to get stronger. They’re really high on Rowdy at Tulsa. He’s got the heart and desire to play.”

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