Signing day: Sapulpa's Devin Swift hopes to make his mark at NEO, then go Division I
BY MIKE MOGUIN World Correspondent
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
As Sapulpa’s Devin Swift and three other teammates signed to play college football on Wednesday, someone said that he is a “running back's running back.”
“That name kind of came to me,” he said. “Being around here, I got to play as a sophomore. I had some success and the name just kind of came to me.”
Smith was a three-year starter at running back for Sapulpa and now will take his talents to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami.
“I’ve had some setbacks,” he said. “But my brother had some success there and transferred out, and I went down there and really like it. It felt like home and I feel like I can go down there and be successful.”
Smith wants to play as a freshman with the Norsemen, as well being successful in the classroom and transferring to a Division I school.
“Devin is a very gifted athlete and has proved himself to be one of the top running backs/athletes in the state of Oklahoma,“ Sapulpa coach Mike Gottsch said. “I am very excited for him and look forward to watching him on Saturdays at NEO.”
Smith’s favorite memory at Sapulpa came during his junior year against Sand Springs.
“We’re here at home and we’re down, 21-14, and I had a big kickoff return that brought us back to win the game with seven seconds left.”
And he hopes to add more moments like that at NEO.