Plainview senior lineman Bracken Campbell described National Signing Day as being with family but also getting the chance to learn about his new one.
“It’s kind of different when you’re playing with people you didn’t grow up with your whole life, but it’s another experience, and I’ll be fine,” he said.
Campbell will get to know his new family (Austin College) starting this fall after he signed a National Letter of Intent to play football for the Kangaroos (Sherman, Texas) Wednesday afternoon in the commons area at Plainview High School.
“I like how close it was, how good the atmosphere is,” said Campbell, who was an All-Ardmoreite Super Team selection on the offensive line. “It’s nice.”
Four other members of Plainview’s family (Indians football team) sat down in chairs besides Campbell to sign with their colleges of choice. Zane Hudson and John Wright inked with East Central University. Eli Paul is taking his talents to Oklahoma Baptist University. Kobe Brewster will showcase his skills on the edge of the Rocky Mountains at Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colo.).
Brewster said Tuesday’s signing ceremony was the reward for Plainview’s hard work on and off the field.
“It’s a really big tribute to what we’ve done this season and how far we went in the playoffs,” Brewster said. “I think it’s a direct reflection on how we played this year. We pushed through hard times and kept going and going.”
Brewster is one for challenges. He is ready to take on the high altitude in Colorado head on. Brewster, the reigning All-Ardmoreite MVP, will focus all of his energy at safety; he led the Indians with 134 tackles and two interceptions as a senior.
“They say it’s hard the first couple of months, but I think I can get used to it,” he said of the high altitude. “I think the school is the hardest part about it. Everything else is easy.”
Paul emerged as one of the top running backs in the state, rushing for 2,365 yards and 32 touchdowns on 245 carries; he garnered All-Ardmoreite Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
One person, in particular, was influential in helping Paul to land at OBU: Plainview assistant coach Christian Edmonds, who played for the Bison.
“As I was pursuing them, they are were pursuing me,” Paul said. “So, it just kind of matched up, kind of fell into God’s hands. He made everything work out for me.”
Hudson and Wright made huge impacts at Plainview at safety and offensive line, respectively. Both Indians earned All-Ardmoreite Super Team honors.
“We get to carry on the tradition that we started (here),” Hudson said.
Wright described ECU’s coaching staff as “real personable.”
“They want to get the chance to get to know you,” he said.
Plainview’s record-breaking season helped to aid the Indians’ recruiting process.
“It got our names out,” Wright said.