SULPHUR — The fact that Sulphur all-state linebacker Dakota Lewis was headed to the University of Kansas was hardly a secret, but he made it official Wednesday morning when he signed with the Jayhawks.

“He’s had five or six Division I schools after him but he was impressed with Kansas from the start,” longtime Sulphur head coach Jim Dixon said of Lewis, who joined Eric Preast (like Lewis part of Sulphur’s unbeaten Class 2A state championship squad in 2004 and now at Oklahoma State) to give the Bulldogs back-to-back all-state linebackers who signed with Division I schools. “I’ve been here 33 years and maybe had six kids sign with Division I schools.”

Lewis, who also rushed for 1,027 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, ranks as one of the best all-around athletes in Sulphur history. In addition the state championship in football, he was also part of the school’s state champion 400-meter relay team, he was a state champion power lifter, and he was the catcher on the Bulldog baseball team that was the runner-up in Class 3A last spring.

“I’ve been blessed with some great players, but he ranks right up there with any player I’ve ever coached,” Dixon said of Lewis. ““He has outstanding speed, and he has good size, he’s a good student and a tremendous all-around athlete.”

Sulphur offensive lineman Kevin Moore, a 6-3, 290-pounder who opened holes for Lewis last season and who was also a key member of the Bulldogs’ dominant offensive front in 2004, was also signed a letter of intent today and has committed to play next season at the University of Central Oklahoma.

“He has a lot of potential,” Dixon said of Moore. “He was a real good high school offensive lineman.”

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