Parkway’s Wudtee chooses Okla. State; seven other parish players sign

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Eight Bossier Parish high school football players signed letters of intent Wednesday on National Signing Day.

Parkway quarterback Keondre Wudtee chose Oklahoma State over TCU during a ceremony at the school. Wudtee, a two-time MVP on The Press-Tribune’s All-Parish team, originally committed to Louisiana Tech in May, but he decommitted in December.

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Wudtee had a spectacular senior season, completing 192 of 321 passes for 3,466 yards and 34 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He led the Panthers to a share of the District 1-5A title and a 12-2 record. Parkway reached the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs before losing on the road to eventual state champ Zachary.

Wudtee’s success in 2015 drew the attention of Big 12 schools like TCU and Oklahoma State. He also had offers from Missouri, Arkansas State, Houston and Louisville, according to ESPN’s recruiting website.

Wudtee will be joining an Oklahoma State team that finished 10-3 this past season. The Cowboys won their first 10 games before falling to Baylor and Oklahoma. OSU lost to Ole Miss 48-20 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Wudtee donned an OSU visor and sweatshirt he pulled out of a box in front of him just after making the announcement. As he was doing this, family members behind him took off jackets to reveal OSU shirts.

Two of Wudtee’s teammates also signed.

Defensive back Lloyd Cole, one of five co-MVPs on the All-Parish team, inked with Delta State. Delta State, located in Cleveland, Miss., is an NCAA Division II school. The Statesmen compete in the Gulf South Conference.

Offensive lineman Miles Landingham signed with Briar Cliff University. Briar Cliff is located in Sioux City, Iowa. The Chargers compete in the NAIA’s Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Parkway running back/defensive back CJ Morgan, another of the Press-Tribune’s All-Parish MVPs, signed a financial aid agreement with Mississippi State in December and enrolled in January.

Three Airline players signed.

Running back Shun’Cee Thomas and defensive back Xavier Johnson, both two-time first-team All-Parish selections, are headed to Ouachita Baptist. All-Parish defensive lineman Tyler McCallister is going to Harding University.

Ouachita Baptist, located in Arkadelphia, Ark., and Harding, located in Searcy, Ark., are members of the NCAA Division II’s Great American Conference.

Haughton running back Kei’Untre Normandin, a first-team All-Parish selection in 2014, signed with Louisiana College, located in Pineville. Normandin will play for former Evangel Christian head coach Dennis Dunn.

Plain Dealing’s Bijan Mitchell, a first-team All-Parish linebacker, is headed to Southern Arkansas University. Located in Magnolia, Ark., SAU is also a member of the Great American Conference.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com