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February 5, 2014

Stillwater senior lineman Wickline signs with UTSA

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater senior Kelby Wickline will be just 85 miles away from his father Joe Wickline in the fall.

Kelby signed his letter of intent to play football at the University of Texas-San Antonio on National Signing Day on Wednesday afternoon at Stillwater High School.

“(Joe) said it would be a really good decision to live close him. He said they’re a nice school and are on the rise. I went and checked it out and I liked it,” Kelby said.

Joe is a former Oklahoma State coach and recently was hired for a position with the University of Texas.

Father and son will be close together and will both be doing what they love.

Kelby will likely play on the offensive line for the Roadrunners. Kelby was listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds during his senior year as a Pioneer. Kelby has and will continue to get his body into a better position to play football at the collegiate level.

“I got to put on more weight. I got to get stronger and get faster,” Kelby said.

The SHS standout is excited to be playing for UTSA and at the Division I level.

“It entails a lot of hard work. I’m ready to see what comes when I go to school. I’m ready to work,” he said.

The decision to play as a Roadrunner had a lot of reasons behind it.

“It’s pretty close to my new home and I really like the coaches there,” Wickline said. “I’m kind of a warm weather guy.”

Also signing on National Signing Day were seniors King Williams and Isaiah Graves. Both signed with the University of Central Oklahoma.

Williams played as a safety and running back for the Pioneers. Williams is being looked at as a slot receiver for the Bronchos.

“I could be playing anywhere,” Williams said.

Graves was a kicker and punter for Stillwater High School. Graves will compete for either of those positions at UCO.

Graves missed a lot of his senior season as a Pioneer but his football career will not end.

“For a little while I was pretty sad about it, maybe I wouldn’t play again. God works in mysterious ways and got me back to where I need to be to get a chance to show what I can do again,” Graves said.

Both Williams and Graves liked the fact that Edmond is close to home.

“It’s super exciting to know that if I ever need to come home I’m just an hour away,” Williams said.

The duo is pleased to be attending a new chapter in their lives with a teammate.

“I’ve known (Williams) my whole life and we’ll be roommates,” Graves said.

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