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May 28, 2013

H.S. Football: Cayuga's Tunstall signs with NW Oklahoma State

BETHEL — Growing up, Cayuga senior Ty Tunstall watched as his dad sent player after player on to play college football.

In his time as a coach at Palestine, Glen Tunstall coached players like Adrian Peterson, Dan Hall and others who went on to four-year careers at the college level.

On Tuesday, Ty joined that group. The senior offensive and defensive lineman signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

“I’m just ready to start working out...I already started my summer workouts,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to getting up there and getting time to play.

“It’s something I’ve looked forward to all my life, growing up watching my older brothers play. Now, I’m the first one that’s gotten to sign and play somewhere.”

Ty said on Tuesday that watching as his dad’s players went on to college careers made him think about playing the game at the next level even as a youngster.

He said he remembers the recruiting frenzy around Peterson, as well as trips his family made to watch Glen’s former players. It all pushed him to accomplish what he finally accomplished on Tuesday.

“Growing up, I can remember when Adrian Peterson was (at Palestine) and we still have stuff at our house from him,” Ty said. “It’s just always inspired me, watching them play.”

Tunstall was a standout on both sides of the ball for the Wildcats in his senior season — and first at Cayuga.

He helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for an offense that averaged more than 360 yards per game in the regular season, while also playing on a defense that held opponents under 220 yards per game.

The Wildcats advanced to the area round of the playoffs a year after missing the postseason completely.

NWOSU is located in Alva, Okla., some 450 miles from Cayuga High School. But, Tunstall will be far from alone in making the journey.

He joins Cayuga teammate Don Holly on the Ranger squad. Holly signed with NWOSU earlier this spring.

“That’s going to help out a lot,” Ty said. “I know it’s a long ways away, but having somebody up there that I know is going to help out. I think it’s going to be good times.”

The Rangers were 4-7 a year ago, but enter 2013 on a high note after winning their final four games.

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Sports editor Justin Rains can be reached via email at jrains@palestineherald.com

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