Southern Oklahoma has a long history of producing dominant football players,and with each graduating class, the list continues to grow.

Southern Oklahoma has a long history of producing dominant football players,and with each graduating class, the list continues to grow.

Time will tell what area schools’ graduating classes of 2019 will achieve, but for the Lone Grove class of 2015, one student athlete is on his way to cementing himself as an all-time athlete.

O’Shay Harris was born and raised in Ardmore, spending all of his life in the city he loves. Harris attended Lone Grove High School, and was a part of the 2015 graduating class.

During his senior season with the Longhorns, Harris was part of Lone Grove history. Not only was he named a class 3A All-star, but was also named the Most Valuable Player of District 3A-4 and led the Longhorns to their first-ever district title.

Harris electrified crowds on Friday nights during his senior season with stellar play, finishing his year with 75 tackles, six interceptions and two kick-offs for touchdowns from the safety position.

Harris’ football speed translated to the track as well, as he was an All-State performer in high school running on two state championship relay teams.

Harris is  quiet and reserved, a sharp contrast to his play on the field. He’s six-foot-one, but plays with the physicality of a much larger person. His top-end speed, along with his ability to make every tackle, is why his success with the Longhorns has translated to the next level.

After graduation, Harris entered the doors of the University of Central Oklahoma wide-eyed and ready to continue his football playing career. After sitting out as a redshirt freshman and playing in just six games his second season, Harris has proven to be a key contributor to the Broncho defense since 2017.

In 2017, Harris finished fourth on the team with 74 tackles, one interception and 11 pass breakups in a break out season. Aiming to always improve, Harris was named an honorable mention second team All-American by D2 football and was also named a Second Team American Football Coaches Association All-American following a 74 tackle, two interception and eight pass break up performance in 2018.

When he comes home to Ardmore there is only one thing on his mind, family.

“Chill with my family and my cousins,” Harris said. “Stay outside and stay out of the way.”

One place is always is must for Harris when he comes home, and that is grandma’s house.

“First stop is always grandma’s house,” Harris said. “ I do not know why I like it so much but I have to have cabbage and smoked sausage.”

Harris learned a lot on the field playing for the Longhorns, but credits most of his success to the teachers of Lone Grove. Graduating from Lone Grove High School, Harris said, gave him an advantage.

“Lone Grove really helped me school-wise,” Harris said. “In the classroom it’s really easy for me. Most people struggle in the classroom part and it translates on the field, but Lone Grove helped me...academically, so I don’t really have to worry about that.”

On the field, Harris still has interest in his high school team. Harris’ little brother Michael plays running back and linebacker for the Longhorns during the fall.

“I watch them a little bit still,” Harris said. “ It’s hard with the way our schedules match up, but I watch them and my brother when I can.”

When Harris is back in town, and after he spending down time with family and friends, you can catch him with a fishing pole in his hand. Growing up in the Ardmore area, there are plentyof lakes and natural fishing areas, but none of those are his type.

Harris likes to pond fish, a trait he learned from his dad.

“We fish in any little pond we can find,” Harris said. “ I don’t like to fish in lakes and stuff like that.”

Whether he’s playing at home for Lone Grove, or playing in college for the Bronchos, one sure thing  is that Harris will give it his all.

Harris has another season left with the Bronchos, and his dreams of playing at the next level are still in front of him. Before his collegiate career is finished, Harris would like to win a national championship and another All-American nomination.

His passion to be great is undeniable.

“I wanna be all conference again, and I was just honorable mention and I didn’t like that, I wanna be first team All-American,” Harris said. “ I feel I have been slept on my whole life so I have a chip on my shoulder.”