Maverick McCaskill pledged to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Blake Williams affirmed his commitment to Northeastern State University.
DAVIS — The rules remain the same. The objective remains consistent.
Apart from that, elevation into the college ranks brings a flurry of changes: Players are quicker, bigger and more skilled. The workouts intensify. The stakes raise. The rewards, though, can too.
Which is why Maverick McCaskill chose to continue his academic and football career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
In the Davis High School library on Wednesday, he and Blake Williams affirmed commitments, to NEO and Northeastern State University, respectively.
McCaskill knows it will be difficult. If he needs guidance, he need not look outside his family. His older brother, Ryder, is a senior at East Central University.
“It's going to be hard,” Maverick said. “It's not going to be the same as Davis. It's still football, but it's not going to be the same. I'm going to have to learn to work around some of the stuff. I'm not going to like some of the stuff that goes on, but I've got to work around it because it's still the sport I love.”
The Norsemen coaching staff projects McCaskill as a defensive lineman.
But let's get back to the present.
“I'm enjoying it a lot,” McCaskill said of signing day. “All my family's here and my best friends. I've worked my whole life to be able to go to the next level to play. Now I'm here. Now it's this really good feeling.”
He hopes to repeat it in two years. NEO is a junior college. “After that, I can go to Division I if I do good enough at NEO. That's my goal.”
Williams, meanwhile, signed with the school to which he committed on Jan. 24.
“It's really exciting, getting to sign to continue my football career,” he said. “I've never experienced anything like this. It's going to be a big step, changing teams because the Wolves are my guys, so going to be a Riverhawk — going from red to green — is kind of crazy but I think we can get it done.”
Williams acknowledged he doesn't know any players who populated NSU's 2016 roster — nor any fellow signees.
“It's going to be really new for me, meeting a bunch of new people,” Williams said. “When I was up there, everybody was always so nice. We got to sit down and talk to some of the players. Those guys were some of the nicest guys.
“I'm ready for it.”