MIAMI — Replacement of at least two starters in the defensive secondary will be a major priority for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College starting Sunday, July 2, when the Golden Norsemen begin the month-long organized training activities at Red Robertson Field.
Head coach Clay Patterson and his staff will check in more than 100 prospective student-athletes on July 2 in the Ivan C. Crossland Center located at the north end of the field.
“We lost a projected starter two weeks ago that we thought would be back,” Patterson said. “Defensive back Kennan Reed has signed with the TCU Horn Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas.”
As a freshman, Reed (5-11, 180 from Tulsa Washington) recorded 19 unassisted tackles and nine assists. He also returned two interceptions for 28 yards while making six deflected passes.
Returning at cornerback is sophomore Darreyl Patterson (5-11, 175 from Lawton). Patterson, who signed with Kansas State University during last spring, posted 28 solo tackles and seven assists in 10 games. He forced and returned one fumble for 7 yards and made two interceptions along with nine deflected passes.
Another cornerback that received multiple D1 offers after his freshman season is Kevion McGee (5-10, 180 from Ardmore). Last season McGee recorded 19 unassisted tackles and nine assists with five pass deflections in 10 games.
Cornerback Jai Nunn-Liddell (6-2, 190 from Mableton, Georgia) joined the Golden Norsemen after attending Troy (Alabama) University last year. Liddell sat out last season for the Trojans (10-3) after attending Mableton’s Pebblebrook High School.
Another D1 transfer expected to compete at cornerback is sophomore Davion (DJ) Freeman (5-9, 169 from Del City). After signing in 2015 with the University of Wyoming at Laramie, Freeman took a redshirt the first year.
Freeman was ranked No. 14 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings as of July 2014. The Oklahoman also selected Freeman to its 2014 Big All-City Football Team as a kick returner.
Returning to the back end of the NEO defense at a safety position is sophomore Alik Sezer (6-0 175 from Midwest City).
During his freshman season, Sezer started 10 games and recorded 11 solo tackles and 26 assists. He returned one interception 18 yards and made one pass deflection.
“Obviously, safety is a position where we’re looking for guys to come in and step up,” Patterson said. “We’ll do some shuffling around where some of our corners will play safety as well.”