Clement becomes the third Madill alumnus in as many years to join the UCO football program.
MADILL — Colton Clement fulfilled a life-long dream Wednesday at Madill High School, when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“Signing the papers, knowing that I’m committing to UCO (is the most exciting part of today),” Clement said. “It’s been my dream to play college football. Knowing that now I get to do it really makes me happy. I’m so excited for it.”
Clement attended a camp at the school before he took his visit, which sealed the deal in his mind.
“When I went on my visit, everything up there — the coaches, the players, the campus itself — everything made it seem like home, really,” Clement said. “I really enjoyed it up there. It really kind of stomped all my other choices.”
Clement’s signing marked the third consecutive year that a Madill alumnus joins the Bronchos football program: Paten and Sam Bond did so in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Further, former Ardmore center Michael Nichols and erstwhile Lone Grove safety O’Shay Harris will also join the UCO program this summer.
His classmate, Rio Zamora, will also wrestle for UCO.
“It had a pretty big impact, knowing my buddies are going to be up there,” Clement said. “I’m going to go up there with people I know, and also play football with some of the people I know. It impacted my choice quite a bit. Not all of it, but it did help my choice a little bit.”
Madill coach Milton Cooper said UCO is getting an exemplary player.
“I think every coach, in their career, should have the privilege of coaching a guy like Colton Clement,” Cooper said. "He is a coach’s dream. He’s one of those kids who will be the first one there and the last one to leave. You’re going to always get 100 percent out of him.
“You cannot measure his passion for the game or his heart. He plays with such intensity. He does things that you won’t believe a kid his size could do. He’s an incredible athlete, but, probably, a better person.”
Cooper praised the program that UCO head coach Nick Bobeck is building. The 2015 season will be Bobeck’s fifth at the helm of the Bronchos’ program.
The Bronchos went 8-4 in 2014.
“Bobeck sends guys that recruit this area — that are just great guys — and they do a good job of selling the program,” Cooper said. “They talk to our kids, they get them excited and they’re building something up there that our kids want to be a part of.
“I’m excited for that program.”
Clement said he will redshirt in 2015.
“I’m going to be put at receiver,” Clement said. “My role is to get better, to get bigger and stronger. That way, when I come out after my redshirt year, I can be ready to play and help the team out as much as I can.”
Added Cooper, “It’s a great day to be a Wildcat.”