SULPHUR — While the halls of Sulphur High School are currently silent thanks to the Christmas break, there were sounds of joy and jubilation to be heard Wednesday morning.

SULPHUR — While the halls of Sulphur High School are currently silent thanks to the Christmas break, there were sounds of joy and jubilation to be heard Wednesday morning.

With the first ever National Signing Day early period commencing this year, Sulphur’s Jacob Farrell took full advantage as he signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys under head coach Mike Gundy in front of his family, coaches and teammates at the Sulphur High School library.

“It’s a dream come true,” Farrell said about signing to play for Oklahoma State. “I’m excited for this process and it just feels great. It was a grind, and I put in the hard work for Sulphur football. I never thought about going to play college football myself. I just wanted to be great here (Sulphur) and be as great as I could for my teammates that I’ve played with since fourth grade. It’s been an awesome journey.”

While Farrell wasn’t initially on most colleges radars during the first few years of his Sulphur career, it didn’t take long for multiple schools to notice the 6’7” 290 pound player which was making an impact for the Bulldogs.

Schools such as Texas Tech, Kansas, TCU, Stephen F. Austin, and many others made their pitch to Farrell, but it was the orange and black of Oklahoma State as well as the community of Stillwater which eventually won the Bulldogs standout over.

“I personally never thought something like this would happen to me,” Farrell said. “When Stephen F. Austin first contacted me and made me an offer, I thought ‘This is crazy’ and now getting to go to Oklahoma State is just a dream come true for me.”

“The people and the city of Stillwater is all about Oklahoma State,” Farrell said. “I really liked the coaching staff as well and that’s what made me decide to go there. I’m looking forward to playing under Coach (Mike) Gundy and the experience that will come with it.”

This season the Bulldogs sent Farrell and the other seniors out with a bang, finishing the regular season with an undefeated district championship, the programs first state semifinal appearance since 2004, and an overall record of 12-2.

“I’m proud of Jacob,” Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. “I’ve been here 45 years and we haven’t had many kids go to a division one college like this, so this is very special. He’s worked his tail off, and this just shows what hard work will do for someone.”

“The other great thing is that he’s been blessed with some quickness and strength,” Dixon added. “When the other kids see something like this happening in front of them then it definitely motivates them.”

Farrell added he’s proud of the journey he got to go on as a Sulphur football player, and is thankful for everything the program has given him.

“I’ve been playing with these guys since fourth grade,” he said. “Getting to have this experience with guys that have become like my best friends has been fantastic and it’s something I’d never trade.”

Farrell plans to major in sports management/coaching sciences at Oklahoma State.