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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Wolves' 3 off to next level

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  • DAVIS — One typically makes a good Signing Day for Davis football.
    But three signings? That's a certifiable wolfpack — the final result of one of Davis' best senior classes in Jody Weber's tenure.
    The Davis head coach can't remember the Wolves ever having this many players sign in one of his classes. Riley Wilson, Ryder McCaskill and Dedrien Nowden all put pen to paper on Wednesday.
    Wilson signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State (Alva), McCaskill with East Central and Nowden with Central Oklahoma.
    "Even as an assistant in 1994, we've had a couple of times we've had two kids, but never three," Weber said. "That just speaks to having a really good class of kids. Their record over the past few years shows it.
    "It also shows we might have to start doing some coaching now."
    Wilson, McCaskill and Nowden leave Davis as highly-decorated leaders of a class that will go down as one of Davis' best. The Class of 2013 made it to two state championship games in Class 2A and was a part of four District 2A-4 championships. All three players were All-Ardmoreite Super Team selections as seniors.
    McCaskill (6-foot-2, 275 pounds) says he could play either side of the ball at ECU. He was an Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State selection at defensive line.
    "When I took my visit up there, I felt like that's where I wanted to go, and I loved it," said McCaskill, who will join 2012 Davis All-Stater Cole Weber in Ada.
    Wilson (6-0, 235) will play center at NWSU, a place he said he felt comfortable at because of its small size. Nowden, who starred at middle and outside linebacker for Davis in his career, will make the switch to defensive back at UCO.
    Wilsona and McCaskill each played both sides of the ball. Nowden, who's also a sprinter on the Davis track team, thinks he has the versatility to make the move to the secondary with success.
    His game against Vian in the Class 2A semifinals would back up his coverage skills, as Nowden picked off two passes on the night.
    "The (UCO) coach said I had intangibles," Nowden said. "I went up there and did some drills with them. It seems like I can fit in."
    Even after losing two state championship games, Weber and his players were proud of where the Class of 2013 was able to achieve. Weber thinks his departing group was a special one.
    So does Nowden, who said signing three from this class validates that he and his buddies were "pretty dang good."
    "They've got the thing you have to have to play college football: they have natural ability," Weber said. "You can't just go play college football, at any level.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I think all of these schools got a steal. I think all of these guys that made it down to Davis realized that they got not just three pretty good football players, but three pretty good citizens as well."
    Erik K. Horne
    221-6522

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