Tahlequah Daily Press

December 24, 2012

Gandara commits to Central Oklahoma

From Staff reports

— Jake Ganadara was the key cog in Fort Gibson’s offense in 2012, helping the Tigers reach the Class 4A quarterfinals in the playoffs.

During his senior campaign, Gandara racked up 2,253 yards and 31 touchdowns on 243 carries for the Tigers (10-2).

But the question before Friday was: where would Gandara end up playing college football at?

The answer Friday afternoon on Twitter when Gandara said: “Gonna be a Broncho!”

Gandara verbally committed to Central Oklahoma, along with three other players in the state (Douglass running back Chavez Wyatt, Oologah lineman Sam Noble and Cleveland quarterback Chas Stallard).

“The (UCO) coaching staff reminds me a lot of my high school coaching staff,” Gandara told the Tulsa World. “I can see their passion. They want to win, and I know some of the guys they’ve gotten commitments from and I know (those players) are serious about winning like I am.”

Versus joining former teammate — and backfield mate — fullback Lane Dortch at Northeastern State, Gandara opted to join the Bronchos, who went 2-8 this year.

At Douglass this season, Wyatt amassed 1,211 yards on 125 rushes. Stallard was one of the top passers in the state this season, totaling 2,404 yards and 26 touchdowns on 149 of 254 pass attempts while competing in Class 4A.

Verbal commitments are non-binding. National Signing Day is Feb. 6.