By KOLBY PAXTON
Sequoyah kept its National Signing Day success alive on Wednesday as Tanner Sheets (6-0, 260) and Mvhayv Locust (6-5, 255) signed national letters of intent to continue their football careers at Northeastern State and Central Oklahoma, respectively.
"I have been fortunate enough to see Tanner grow, to see Mvhayv grow, it has been a pleasure for me as a coach," said Sequoyah assistant coach Brad Jones. "They've set the bar high for future classes, and I can't wait to watch these guys play."
Sheets, a four-year starter with the Indians, chose the RiverHawks with an eye toward staying close to home.
"I like the coaching staff a lot," said Sheets. "They're going to work me around and see where I'm best fit. I'll play anywhere they need me."
According to NSU head coach Kenny Evans, Sheets is the total package.
"Tanner is everything you look for in a football player," he said. "He's got the strength. He's got good size. He's a guy that will have the chance to play pretty quick. He has the intensity that you want in a player on the field, and he also has a lot of the attributes that you hope to find off of the field."
Sheets's former coach, Brent Scott, lauded the acquisition.
"Tanner is special," said Scott. "The thing about him is he is excited about his opportunity. He can't wait to get up there. And he's a heck of a player. He never came off the field for us, and when he was off the field, I was asking my coaches why."
Locust is, by most accounts, a raw prospect, but a player with imposing size and intriguing potential. Long since coveted by the coaching staff at UCO, the 6-5 tackle found a comfortable landing spot with the Bronchos.
"It wasn't too far away from where I live," said Locust. "I have family in Norman and they can come watch me play."
After a tour of Wantland Stadium, Locust said it was clear that Edmond was the place for him.
"Mvhayv is a great project that a lot of people were interested in," said Scott. "Physically, he is blessed, and UCO has been in there wanting him for the last year and a half. He's going to be a really good player once he grows into his body. He's a hard worker and he will be successful through that. I expect really good things from him."
Sheets and Locust close out the career of former assistant head coach Bill Scott with a perfect run of offensive line prospects. The Indians placed a member of their offensive line on a college roster in each season that Scott oversaw the position. The former Redman spoke highly of both players.
"Tanner was a special kid to us, to me," he said. "He's a tough guy, a good kid. If he was 6-5, 300 pounds, he would be going to a major college, but I had the best time of my life at Northeastern. It is an outstanding school, and I think he will help his team immediately."
As for Locust, Scott is of the belief that, given some growth and improvement, his career may not end when he collegiate eligibility does.
"He has just gotten better and better," said Scott. "If he gets up to 300 pounds and improves his quickness, he might be playing at the next level."
Missing from the signing day festivities was wide receiver/defensive back Niko Hammer, who will reportedly walk-on at Oklahoma State.