The Moore American

November 21, 2012

Area players looking ahead to college days

By Michael Kinney
The Moore American

MOORE — After sitting out the entire football season, DJ Ward is ready to move on. According to the Southmoore senior, he will be graduating in two weeks and enrolling at the University of Oklahoma next semester. He said he wants to get a jump on the other incoming freshmen.

The 6-3, 245-pound Ward is the No. 1 ranked high school player in Oklahoma by Rivals.com in the 2013 class and the No. 6 ranked defensive end in the nation. The OSSAA ruled him ineligible after he transferred from Lawton to Oklahoma City Douglass then to Southmoore in the offseason.

Bright futures: Westmoore’s Josh Morgan and Jhames West saw their high school careers come to an end last week when the Jaguars lost to Tulsa Union in the first round of the playoffs. But their football careers still have some life left.

West, who moved from receiver to quarterback this year, said he’s getting looks from TCU, New Mexico, Colorado state, Wyoming and San Diego State. Each of them want West as a wide receiver.

“That’s fine,” West said. “I’ll play wherever they want me to play as long as I get my college paid for.”

Morgan, who played middle linebacker, is talking to Air Force, Central Oklahoma and Southwest Baptist.

“It kind of sucks in a way, because I really love this school and team,” Morgan said. “But everybody’s high school career ends sometime. I’m going to get back in the gym and hopefully continue my success at the college level.”