Signing day 2014
A bitterly cold early February morning didn't have a chance of ruining a special day for the top prep football talent in Lawton Wednesday.
National Signing Day hit Lawton and a slew of Wolverines, Highlanders and Eagles made their college choices official by signing national letters of intent. In all, 14 players signed to play in college, with a 15th player, LHS defensive lineman, Ivan Thomas, signing financial aid paper work to become a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma State University.
Three players, running back Mike Warren of Lawton High, quarterback Dallas Sealey and defensive lineman Mike Moana of Eisenhower signed Division I LOI's with Iowa State, Abilene Christian and Houston, respectively.
Warren a Cyclone
It's a long ways from a jayvee game at Ron Stephens Park to Iowa State University and the Big 12.
An impossible journey to make, some might say.
But for Lawton High's Mike Warren, Wednesday, it became reality. Lawton's record-setting running back signed his letter of intent with ISU Wednesday morning, wrapping up a whirlwind year that saw Warren go from a virtual unknown in August to a household name on signing day.
"I never really saw this coming, but I'm finally going to live my dream of playing college football," Warren said after a signing celebration inside the Lawton High cafeteria. "It feels great because I put in all the hard work and it's finally paid off."
Warren's hard work transformed the 6-foot-1, 185-pound back from a jayvee player as a junior to the state of Oklahoma's leading rusher during his senior season. Warren ran for an LHS-single season record 2,512 yards last season, accounting for 26 touchdowns and averaging 9.3 yards per carry along the way.
The record-setting year brought offers and attention from colleges across the country. Wake Forest, Southern Miss, Toledo, New Mexico, Tulsa and Iowa State and others offered the Lawton High product.