In the classroom and on the field, four Luther High School seniors had a payoff today when they signed letters of intent to play college football. It was a historic day for the district as no one could remember when four players signed at the same time, highlighting both academic and athletic success. Incidentally, Lady Lions Senior Lexi Allen signed to play college basketball at Bellevue University in Nebraska last month, and her teammate Maia Wright is also expected to sign a letter of intent.
Today, grandparents, parents, siblings, friends, students, teachers and coaches celebrated this round of the college four: Jordan Downs, Prentis Driskel, Landon Kreuger and Dakota Pridemore collectively signed their Letters of Intent during a short ceremony in the school auditorium.
Downs and Kreuger selected Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.
Pridemore selected Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
Driskel selected Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas.
Principal Jerry Martin said the signing marks a good day for LPS and emphasized that the students had to have the academic record first to be able to be recruited for college athletics.
The signing wrapped up a whirlwind tour of college visits, hand-wringing and putting numbers to paper for the players and their families as they made decisions about the important next step in life. Brandi Kreuger said the day was bittersweet. Her son, Landon, is her oldest child and first to go off to college, but Alva is only 2.5 hours away. “We’ve had lots of visits but Landon knew from the beginning he wanted to go to NWOSU,” she said. Maurice Wright, a 2016 Luther alumnus, continues a successful career as a NWOSU Ranger.
Lions Head Coach Zack Smith congratulated the group. “The goal of this whole thing as a school and a community is to create young men and women in our schools that will grow up to be good husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and productive citizens. These are four great examples of that goal accomplished,” he said.