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Oklahoma Panhandle State football coach Mike Wyatt has gotten the recruiting season off to a fast start with a commitment from an outstanding junior college quarterback, Chad Draper.

**For Immediate Release**
OPSU’s Wyatt Announces Top JUCO Recruit
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 01/13/2008

Goodwell, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle State head football coach Mike Wyatt is determined to put more offensive punch in his program and has gotten that started by securing a commitment from a top-notch quarterback from the junior college ranks – Chad Draper.

The 6’4, 225-pound Draper is coming off an outstanding two year career at Modesto (California) Junior College. In 2006, Draper was an All-Conference performer and last fall he was the Conference Most Valuable Player. During those two campaigns, the athletic Draper passed for over 4,700 yards and hooked up for 43 touchdowns against only 14 interceptions.

In 2006, Draper’s 72% pass completion percentage led the entire nation and with his 66% last fall, he demonstrated the ability to put up big time numbers. He will report for duty as a student athlete on the Goodwell campus in August.

Wyatt said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to ink a quarterback of Chad’s ability and character. Scout.com had him rated as a “THREE STAR” recruit and it is rare that a DII school can sign a player of that skill level. We feel very lucky and humbled that Chad wants to come help us turn this program around. We won’t get him until fall, but there are some things that are just worth waiting for.”

Wyatt also said that Draper will have to fight for his position in training camp for the fall campaign and the second year OPSU mentor expects several young quarterbacks to compete for playing time.

The Aggies were winless last fall and the hard working Wyatt is determined to change that in a hurry. He added, “There is no question that the signing of Chad Draper will make all our quarterbacks better football players - competition will only make us better.”

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