SPIRO — If you're a football player, the first Wednesday in February is one of your favorite days — National Letter of Intent Signing Day. For three Spiro Bulldogs, that dream became reality.
Spiro's K.J. Booze, Tyh Hawkins and Jordan Scott signed letters of intent Wednesday morning at the Spiro Gym.
Booze signed with Dartmouth College of the Ivy League in Hanover, N.H. However, official acceptance into the famed collegiate institution does become official for any Ivy League school until April. But football players can still sign their letters of intent in February.
“They have a good combination of academics and athletics,” said Booze, who was named to the All-State East Football Team for this summer's All-State Games. “The coaches are great when I went up there, and there are a lot of courses to help me with what I want to do, and that's being an athletic director. I think it's a good perfect fit.”
Booze had 34 tackles, two interceptions and three pass knockdowns on defense for the Bulldogs last season. Offensively, he caught 35 passes for 407 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 533 yards on 115 carries and scoring five more TDs.
As for the other two Bulldogs, Hawkins and Scott signed with Langston University near Guthrie.
“I wanted to stay close to home,” said Hawkins, who caught 22 passes for 400 yards and five touchdowns whie rushing for 42 yards on four carries on offense last season. “They have the courses I want to get my degree in. I like their football atmosphere, and they have a pretty good one.”
But the biggest thing for Hawkins is knowing his teammate will also be there, too.
“That's a great feeling to come in and have someone I know immediately,” he said. “That way, there won't be a problem trying to get to know someone once I get there. It's great to get to play with my teammate for another four years.”
Scott echoes Hawkins' sentiments.
“That sets the whole roommate thing for me,” said Scott, who had 49 tackles, three quarterback sacks, four QB hurries and a forced fumble. “We're two teammates. I know this will make things work out a lot better.”
No one could be more happy than Spiro Football Coach Chris Bunch.
“You always want to see your players go play college football,” Bunch said. “They all three going to get the chance to do that, and maybe we'll have a couple more be able to do that later on.”
With one of his players inking a letter with an Ivy League school, Bunch knows that makes Spiro hit the big time on National Signing Day.
“This is pretty big for a small school like us,” he said. “I'm happy for all of them, especially K.J. He's going to be far from home, but he's going to a good academic school — and that's what he wants. He wants to make sure he's got something to fall back on when his playing days are over. I'm proud for him to get the chance to make that happen. Basically, he's concerned more with his education than his athletics, and you're always glad to see that.”