By BEN JOHNSON
Aaron Applegate was a sought-after recruit coming out of Wagoner High School, and Northeastern State let him get away. NSU head coach Kenny Evans made sure that wasn't going to happen with Aaron's younger brother, Jeremy.
"His brother was a highly-recruited Division II kid who went to UCO," Evans said. "We didn't want to repeat that mistake and let Jeremy get away."
Applegate, a 6-foot, 215-pound middle linebacker, redshirted during the 2012 season will serve as backup at the middle linebacker spot this year.
What was it like growing up in Wagoner?
There wasn't much to do. You had to find something to do.
What was it like winning the Class 4A state championship during your senior season in high school?
It was great to end it like that. After we won state, I also got an invitation to the Oil Bowl, and I got to go play in that, too. We also won in that, too.
What was the setting like, playing the state championship game in Stillwater?
The first time we went there my junior year, it was like being star-struck being in a big, different place. But once we lost that one, we went back the next year and it wasn't as bad. It was just like another game. We learned a lot from the first state championship.
You guys kind of have a Wagoner takeover on the roster with you, Prince McJunkins, Jordan Robinson and T.J. Ponds. Are you all pretty close?
Jordan and Prince, we talk a lot. Me and T.J., we talk a lot, too.
You're behind some quality players at linebacker, like Langston Jones and Jack Gray. What do you hope to learn from them?
If I mess up, they let me know. But we really just kid around.
What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
Probably fishing and hunting.
What's the biggest catch you've ever had, whether it be hunting or fishing?
I caught a 10-pound bass in a small pond in Wagoner.
Where's your favorite spot to go fishing and hunting?
Probably Lake Tenkiller, and then for hunting probably over here in Keys.
What is your favorite thing about Tahlequah?
Nobody is stuck up and everybody is nice. Everybody will help out with you, if you need help.
When you put that jersey on and run out for your first college game, what is that going to feel like to you?
It's going to be crazy, especially up there at Pitt (Pittsburg State). It's going to be a crazy atmosphere.