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Wed. February 1, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

Lure of playing two sports makes Gary Simon go with Oklahoma

Gibbs defensive back Gary Simon had a hard time choosing between Arkansas, Iowa State and Oklahoma, so much so that he waited until Wednesday to make his decision.

Simon made it official by announcing he would become a Sooner.

Part of Simon's decision was based on his ability to play basketball at the school. Oklahoma said the two-sport star could play both and he would be a walk-on in basketball.

Simon had plenty of offers and named Arkansas and Iowa State his top two choices in early January. That was before Oklahoma came through with an offer. After that, all three were in the mix and Simon had said he had a tough time putting them in any kind of order.

"The Oklahoma offer came late and it was kind of surprising," Simon said. "Oklahoma said they are looking for point guards, and I'm good in both sports. I'll be one of the tallest (6-foot-1) corners there and I'll be able to compete right away. I just don't want to compete. I want to be the best."

This past season, Simon had a breakthrough performance with seven interceptions an more than 350 yards receiving.

Defensive lineman Albert McCoy also committed to Division I Buffalo. McCoy was also considering Maryland and FAU.

McCoy made his decision this past weekend and said the biggest reason had to do with academics.

"It was a great day when I made that decision," McCoy said. "I should have recorded it on a calendar. I want to major in production design and thought this really was the school for me. The coaches said they would build me up to be a beast. It was exciting for me."

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