MADILL — National Signing Day was a long time coming for Madill seniors Seth Lawrence and J.J. Sanders.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University had courted Lawrence since last April and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College had been looking at Sanders as an added weapon the Golden Norsemen offense for more than a year.
Lawrence and Sanders made it official Wednesday morning, when each Wildcat each signed a National Letter of Intent to play college football.
“It seemed like a great fit for me,” Lawrence said of Southwestern. “I really liked their coaches.”
Lawrence had his best game film ready before he was presented with an official offer from the Bulldogs coaching staff. He says the Southwestern coaches got their hands on highlights from Lawrence’s play in a game against Plainview from this past fall.
“It was the best game I played all year,” he said. “I did pretty good. They offered me after that game. I was kind of happy when they offered me.”
Lawrence will vie for a starting job on the offensive line at Southwestern.
“They have six guys coming back, but the coach told me that I have a chance to make the traveling team or I would get a starting spot if I worked at it,” he said.
Sanders, meanwhile, is a deep threat who will help to bolster NEO’s up-tempo offense.
“The speed that I have fits into that offense,” he said. “It just ties in together.”
Sanders finished with just under 700 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in seven games played, earning All-Ardmoreite Super Team honors at wide receiver, in addition to being named the District 3A-4 Wide Receiver of the Year.
Sanders appreciates NEO for not giving up on him after he missed the last seven games of the 2015 season to a shoulder injury.
“It makes me feel great,” he said. “It shows that they have a lot of confidence in me. It shows how bad they wanted me up there. It means a lot.”