Garden City Community College offensive tackle and Oklahoma State commitment Arlington Hambright had a better weekend than his future teammates as he and his Bronc teammates scored with 30 seconds left to beat Arizona Western 25-22 to win the NJCAA Football Division I National Championship in the El Toro Bowl in Arizona.
The top-ranked Broncs won when quarterback Peyton Huslig found Hurley Hazlett on a one-yard touchdown pass near the end of the game.
"I was able to see the last part of the play," Hambright said as he was blocking to protect Huslig on the winning score. "It was crazy. I thought I played pretty well. It took forever to get home as we left there at 5 p.m. and we got back at 2 a.m. in the morning. It's great to have won the game and it made the ride fun, celebrating."
Hambright, who is a native of Ypsilanti, Mich., where he attended Belleville High School, has final exams this week but then will make his official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend.
We asked the 6-5, 306-pound Hambright, who says his friends call him "Big Ham," why he committed to Oklahoma State so quickly after they offered?
"Really, coach Mike Gundy, he's been there a while and that program is so stable," answered Hambright. "Also, coach Adkins, I like his history and I know I will be in good hands with him. The fans there are all for Oklahoma State and I know it will be a great place to play football and get my education. They have five juniors on the offensive line that I can blend in with, learn from, and fall right in with."
I also asked what he was looking forward to with the visit this weekend? "Just the environment and all the places, like where I will stay, and the facilities," he said.
Hambright is the only junior college commitment on the offensive line and said he plans to major in sports management at Oklahoma State. He is scheduled to sign on Dec. 14, the signing day for junior college mid-year transfers. Hambright will have three years to play two seasons.
Other offensive line commitments in the Cowboys 2017 class are Dan Moore Jr. of Beaumont West Brook in Texas and Derek Kerstetter of San Antonio Reagan, who will likely watch practice at some point during the bowl trip in San Antonio although he won't be able to talk to anybody as per NCAA rules.
Also visiting this weekend are one of Hambright's opponents in the NJCAA Championship Game in Patrick Macon of Arizona Western; Blinn College safety Corrion Ballard, who head coach Mike Gundy visited at home on Sunday in Houston, and Brendan Vaughn, a star linebacker prospect from Forney, Texas who will also be a mid-year enrollee.
Cornerback and wide receiver LaMarcus Morton of Gilmer, Texas was also hoping to visit as he is a mid-year enrollee but he and the Gilmer Buckeyes play Sweetwater in Waco, Texas on Friday night in the Texas Class 4A-2 semifinals.