Four Ardmore Tigers football players signed National Letters of Intent to play college football.
Tyreece Lott is a member of the Oklahoma Sooners. After an eventful 1.5 months, coach Bob Stoops' program landed the services of one of the young men it wanted wearing its colors.
Sevin Franklin signed to play at the University of Central Oklahoma; Jordan Roberts, the University of North Texas and Diondre Scott, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
“Those seniors are very important to me,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “They changed the culture of our locker room and Ardmore football. They got us on the right path. I'm going to miss them because they did a lot for us character-wise, but it's good to see them go on to bigger and better things. Hopefully they can get their education and get a degree out of this deal.”
Lott committed to TCU on Dec. 13, 2016. On Jan. 20, he took his official visit to the Norman-based program. Two days later, he decommitted from coach Gary Patterson's program and committed to Stoops' program seven days later.
Sitting at a table in the packed lobby near the high school library, with Franklin to his right and Roberts to his left, Lott elaborated on his decisions.
“I had a good feeling with TCU at first, and then I kept talking to coach Tibbs — Calvin Thibodeaux the OU d-line coach — and he made my choice” easy to flip and commit with and sign to OU.
“It's just great. It's really outstanding and I'm just ready to get going and play for OU.”
OU coach Bob Stoops posted on Twitter that Lott has that “OUDNA.”
Lott thanked those who supported him.
Some people who attended gleefully chanted “Boomer!” at intermittent times.
“Sooner!” others responded with equal enthusiasm.
Roberts described the opportunity, where the student body gathered in the lobby to witness the occasion, like this: “It's amazing. There's no other feeling like it.”
Roberts described his unofficial visit from a couple months ago: “It felt like home. It just felt like somewhere I could be for another four or five years.”
UNT projects Roberts to play defensive back, he said.
Initially, Roberts didn’t know anyone. He’s built relationships with players and coaches and, on Wednesday, expressed happiness with his progress in that aspect.
“I can’t wait to get up there, play and do what I’m supposed to do, do what they ask me to do and be the best at it,” Roberts said.
He’s ready to prove that Ardmore produces talented players.
“We’re going to show them that we belong up there like the rest of the big boys,” Roberts said.
Franklin is one of 16 Oklahomans who pledged to UCO head coach Nick Bobeck’s program.
“I’m happy to be able to do something new, and have fun,” Franklin said.
A Class of 2016 Ardmore High School alumnus, Sam Ruhl earned a number as a freshman defensive lineman.
Franklin said he also spoke with O’Shay Harris — a Class of 2015 Lone Grove High School alumnus — and Levonte Douglas, a Class of 2016 Bronchos grad and a Class of 2012 Ardmore High School graduate, both of whom told Franklin that the players comprise a brotherhood.
“Sevin is a flexible kid with outstanding raw strength,” Bobeck said. “He played both sides of the ball in high school and will really develop when he’s able to concentrate on one side of the ball.”
Franklin noted the school’s location, in an urban area.
“I went to the campus, I liked the players I met,” he said. “It’s going to be fun.”
(Broc Berus, the son of former Plainview High School athletic director and football coach Chris Berus, also signed with UCO.)
“It feels amazing,” Scott said of the day. “Pretty much all the hard work that I’ve pretty much did in the classroom and on the field is paying off.”
SWOSU projects Scott to play defensive back.
Scott cited the Bulldogs’ coaching staff’s respectful and welcoming attitude during his visit to the Weatherford school.
“The facility is really nice, too, so that’s what really got me going there,” Scott said.
Scott acknowledged that he doesn’t know any of the Bulldogs on the 2016 roster or any of his fellow recruits.
“I’m kind of worried, but also excited,” Scott said. “It’s always exciting to meet new people.
“I’m very blessed to have this opportunity.”