However, after two years, Symonds realized he was missing something. Not only did he miss being a receiver, something else was not right for him.
So when his high school coach took the job to build the OBU football program from ground up, Symonds decided he wanted to be part of it and transferred from a D-1 powerhouse to an NAIA team that hadn’t played a game since 1940.
“It wasn’t a tough decision,” Symonds said. “Having played for coach Jensen before, I already knew the type of man, the type of coach he was. And the things he likes to do as far as spreading the ball out on offense. I felt like it was a perfect fit for me football wise. But more than that, this is where God wants me to be for my education, a captain on this team and help lead these younger guys to be men of God as well as lead them on the field.”
Even as he had to sit out all of 2012 as Jensen put the team together, Symonds knew he made the right decision for him. It became even more clear with success he has had on the field this season.
“For me, it’s just been a God thing,” Symonds said. “God has just been working on my heart. As I’ve done that. He’s been blessing me like crazy. I did go to OU and walk on. I know a lot of guys up there and I still talk to them. But this is where God wants me. More than anything, it just trust in God and he has a plan for me.”
Serowski initially signed a national letter of intent in February of 2010 with Central Oklahoma. But after winning state titles in the 100 and 200 meter that spring, he began to garner interest from Division 1 track teams. But, UCO would not release him.