Ryan Castleman

Ryan Castleman from Colcord High School signed with Northeastern State University in Tahlequah to play football as a strong safety.

Castleman who received a partial scholarship will be the first member of his family to attend college.

“I’m excited but a little nervous and I plan to major in journalism,” said Ryan Castleman.

Castleman was joined by his father Chris and mother Crystal Castleman at his signing.

“It’s exciting and I’m very proud of him,” said Chris Castleman. “I got him into football when he was a pee-wee and it’s good he doesn’t have to stop.

“When NSU called we got to talk to the recruiting coach and getting to see the school I knew it was a good decision.”

Trenton Pigeon

Trenton Pigeon from Kansas High School signed on to play baseball at Independence Community College, in Independence, Kansas as a first baseman.

“I’ve known since my sophomore year and travel ball that I wanted to play in college,” said Pigeon.

Pigeon who started playing in t-ball was joined by his father Obie Pigeon, and mother Teryl Pigeon.

“Trenton was all conference last year hitting a .269 batting average and two home runs," Kansas Coach Austin Graham said in an email to the Delaware County Journal.

Pigeon was offered by scholarship on the spot by Independence officials and based on his academics, it will cover tuition and books.

“[It’s a] great opportunity for him and something he has worked for a long time,” said Obie Pigeon.

Joseph Young

Joseph “Choogie” Young from Oaks Mission High School signed on with a full ride to play at University of Central Oklahoma as an offensive lineman.

Weighing in at 285 lbs and standing 6’5” tall Choogie as he is known creates and imposing figure.

Young will graduate from Oaks Mission, but played his first three years with Colcord High School, before transferring schools.

Initially offered a partial scholarship at NEO, Young changed his decision when UCO offered him a full ride.

“It means everything to play in college, its what I’ve wanted since I started playing,” said Young.

Young does not have a major in mind, but as the first member of his family to attend college he is excited for the opportunity.