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February 6, 2013

Signed and sealed

With some surprises, area athletes’ decisions become official

(Continued)

Following dad

Tahlequah’s Mason McMillan had only one thing that mattered to him when he was being recruited. The running back signed with Northeastern State.

“My dad (Muskogee assistant coach Josh McMillan) played for NSU and he was there the year after they won the national championship,” he said. “He played on a couple of good teams. I wanted to follow in his footsteps. He was happy when I signed.”

Mason McMillan said he talked to other schools, but not “seriously.”

“I’m really excited about going over to NSU and see what I can learn from those and try to contribute,” he said.

Giant step up

Midway’s Roper Selby realizes he’s making a giant step in how he plays football, going from 8-man high school ranks to Division II NSU.

“I know there’s a lot of good players out there and they play at a different speed at NSU,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in 8-man or 11-man, you’re going to get noticed. I didn’t know I was being recruited and I was shocked when NSU called. I was glad the same time.”

Selby, who may be the first Midway football player to sign a scholarship, believes he’s ready to play in college.

“I’m ready to go to work hard and earn my spot on the team,” he said. “I don’t think any task is too big if you set your mind to it.”

Sticking together

Twins Cade and Colton Shearwood of Stigler began playing football together in fourth grade. Those days as teammates are not ending any time soon as both signed with UCO on Wednesday.

“At least we’ll get to see them both play,” Marty Shearwood, Cade and Colton’s dad, said.

Cade said Northwestern in Alva and Tabor College in Kansas were the other schools that recruited both of them. Cade was the Phoenix’s Large School Offensive Player of the Year the past two seasons.

“Toward the end of recruiting, we wanted to be together,” he said. “We’re stoked about this. It’s a good deal. We’re pumped up about it right now.”

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