Wildcat ambassadors

Michael Smith

MADILL — After a Wednesday signing ceremony, two Madill Wildcats will officially be suiting up for Division II college football next season. John Venable penned with Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Asa Robertson with Southern Nazarene University. Madill head coach Todd Vargas said he’s proud of the duo for furthering their athletic and academic careers.

“Anytime you have the ability to go play at the next level in a sport, there is something that stands out,” he said.

Venable will take his talent in the backfield to Weatherford next season and expects to be in a fullback position for the Bulldogs. “It’s a great feeling to know that coming from all that I’ve been through and then being able to accomplish something only a few can do is really great,” he said. He said Southwestern Oklahoma was a welcoming campus with a good program that will also help him pursue a career in the biomedical field.

SWOSU head football coach Chet Pobolish said in a statement last week that recruiters identified weaknesses on the Bulldog roster before selecting the 46 athletes for the 2020 class. "With this recruiting class, we had to improve our numbers defensively and be very specific with who we signed on offense to even out our roster," Pobolish said.

Robertson said he will suit up as a slot receiver for SNU after he was drawn to a campus he feels is great for who he is and what he wants to become in the future. He was living in the moment on Wednesday, however, while surrounded by friends and family in the Madill gym. “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little kid, to sign and play college football, so it’s a special day to me,” he said.

The Crimson Storm begins a new era next season when former offensive coordinator Hada Tabbed becomes only the fifth head football coach in 21 years. According to a December statement announcing the move, Hada’s four years on the sidelines for SNU has earned the offense more than 6,800 rushing yards and 56 touchdowns in four seasons.

For Vargas, sending the two young men to Weatherford and Bethany will be good for them and Madill. “They’re going to be great ambassadors in the universities they attend for Madill High School.”