11 Roughers moving on

Feb. 7—Muskogee High School honored 11 seniors from the football team Wednesday who signed their letters of intent to play collegiately next fall.

The ceremony took place in the lobby of Rougher Village and was attended by friends, family, coaches and school staff.

Roughers football coach Travis Hill said this is always a proud moment for family and coaches.

"It is good, it's rewarding," Hill said. "Today we have 11 kids who have the interest, the commitment to go play collegiately. The coaching staff's excited for them, the community, families — it's a neat moment for them."

Some of the 11 signed during the early period in December. The rest turned in their letters Wednesday morning.

Kayden McGee, who signed in December with the NCAA Division I University of Nevada-Las Vegas said the last two months have been a relief.

"I was stress-free for a long time," he said. "I didn't have to worry about a lot of things. Our main goal was to get the gold ball and that's what I focused on the most."

Jayden Swanson who decided to start collegiately in junior college at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, said his family helped him with his decision.

"It was like 50-50," he said. "I think NEO was the best fit for me. I'm going to go up in the fall."

Muskogee Athletic Director Jason Parker thanked all the people in attendance.

"Without your support, these young men wouldn't get to this level," he said.

Wesley Harvey, who will play at TCU, said he's hoping to meet up against McGee somewhere down the road.

"I'm hoping that TCU and UNLV meet in a bowl game," he said. "That would be fun."