Within a span of four days, Sam Sizelove and Connor Wilson decided they’d like to be teammates after they finish playing football at Argyle next fall.
The two anchors of Argyle’s defense and District 10-3A’s reigning co-defensive players of the year moved a step closer to becoming college teammates. Sizelove and Wilson orally committed to Kansas State last week, adding to what will be the most prolific graduating class of football players from the Class 3A school.
Oral commitments are nonbinding. The first day that class of 2014 recruits can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 5.
The commitments of Sizelove, a linebacker, and Wilson, a defensive back, come on the heels of fellow teammate and wide receiver Ian Sadler’s commitment to Texas Tech on April 20.
After visiting Manhattan, Kan., earlier this year, Wilson became entranced by the town and the school. Sizelove quickly followed.
“We went down together for junior day, and [Wilson] loved it from day 1,” Sizelove said. “I kind of wanted to keep my options open a little bit, but then I started to love it more and more and then we just decided we wanted to go play football together there. It ended up working out well for both of us.”
Wilson officially committed last Wednesday, while Sizelove committed Saturday at the Wildcats’ spring game.
Unlike Wilson, who said his only offer was from Kansas State, Sizelove held offers from Illinois, Washington State, Houston, North Texas, Iowa Sate and SMU.
Sizelove’s older brother, Jake, is playing at Tulsa. Their father, Mike, played at UNT and was a letter winner in 1981 and 1983. However, when Sam showed interest in Kansas State, Sizelove said, his father shared the enthusiasm.
“I think he liked K-State the most because it just fits me as a player and a person the most,” Sizelove said. “I don’t think he ever really wanted me to go play at North Texas, just because he didn’t feel like it was the right fit for me.”
When Wilson stepped on the KSU campus, he said, he and Sizelove were treated like some of the best recruits in the nation.
“They really made us feel like they wanted to us play for them early on,” Wilson said. “It was a good feeling. The whole atmosphere of being in Manhattan, it was warming. I enjoyed everything about it.”
After a season-opening loss to Abilene Wylie, the Eagles centered their defense around their two most threatening players. Wilson and Sizelove were freed up to roam the field and terrorize opposing offenses.
Sizelove finished the year with a team-high 140 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.
Wilson, a transfer from Coppell, trailed Sizelove with 126 tackles. He added five pass deflections and eight interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.
Wilson suffered a hip-related injury last season against Melissa and missed the team’s 3A Division II regional semifinal loss to Gilmer. Wilson was named first-team all-state by The Associated Press.
Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said the duo’s play last season justified the switch in the team’s defense.
“We designed the defense to better assist their skill level, and they fulfilled all the obligations or commitments to doing that by being the top two tacklers on the team,” Rodgers said. “They’re such fast, athletic kids.”
After Sizelove and Wilson finish their careers at Argyle, the duo will take their talents to Manhattan, strengthening a friendship that’s grown over the past year.
“It’s just fun to know that one of my good friends is going to be playing with me for the next four years,” Sizelove said.
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