A day before starting regional play in basketball, Davis’ John Collette cemented his future in football.

A day before starting regional play in basketball, Davis’ John Collette cemented his future in football.

Collette took a moment from basketball practice on Wednesday to sign his letter of intent to play football at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder was a rare four-year starter for the Wolves, and will arrive at Southern Nazarene with the same intentions.

“They are not planning on redshirting me and I have a chance to play right away,” Collette said of his reasons for choosing SNU.

“To start four years for us is rare, even for a small school,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “We’ve been lucky to have him. His loss is a huge one for us.”

Collette, an All-Ardmoreite Super Team selection at defensive back, lined up at quarterback as well for a 7-4 Davis team this season. At the collegiate level, however, Collette, will play slot receiver in a spread offense that he likens to what Oklahoma runs.

Collette played receiver as a freshman for Davis in 2006, when the Wolves were state runners-up in 2A, so his versatility will work in his favor.

“It’s not really that big of a change,” Collette said of the move back to receiver. “It’s the kind of position I’m looking to play in college.”

The multi-sport athlete is considering playing baseball at SNU as well, as the Crimson Storm football coaches have given Collette permission to try his luck on the diamond.

In addition to being a jack-of-all-trades on the field, Collette has scored more scholarship money off the field. He currently has a 4.0 GPA and will be the co-valedictorian upon graduation.

Academics are apparently in the Collette family genes. John’s older brother, Joseph, was a valedictorian at Davis and his younger sister, Katie, is in line to be valedictorian in 2010. John said he plans to major in engineering or pre-med.

“They were all pretty good athletes and all pretty good students,” John’s father, Steve, said on Wednesday.

John will receive partial academic and athletic scholarships at SNU. The amount of money he receives for football could change depending on whether he gets a baseball scholarship.

Either way, it’s safe to say John Collette has a future in something.

Erik K. Horne