Oklahoma Sooners: Clifton Garrett

Movers, shakers in updated ESPN 300

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The Class of 2014 has had two months to show what it’s made of on the field. How are the nation’s elite prospects faring as we approach signing day? Here’s a look at the biggest names and notes from the most recent update of the ESPN 300:

The Big Movers

No. 37 Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South), ILB
Prior ranking: No. 59
The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Garrett jumped more than 20 spots in the rankings as he has added bulk to his frame, and at the same time retaining quickness and his fast-filling, downhill ability. Garrett has impact-type ability with a blend of lateral quickness, discipline and a nose for the ball.

Davion Hall
Max Olson/ESPNAthlete Davion Hall, who is committed to Baylor, jumped 30 spots in the latest update of the ESPN 300.
No. 45 Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau), ATH
Prior ranking: No. 75
The 6-2, 194-pound Hall is one of the most impressive athletes in the class. He has a long, stoutly-built frame, is explosive, has physicality filling the alley at safety and very good ball skills at receiver. When he settles into one position at the next level, his upside is very high.

No. 64 Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown), RB
Prior ranking: No. 106
The Georgia commit is putting together a sensational senior campaign with more than 2,000 yards and 29 touchdowns through eight games. The 5-11, 217-pound tailback continues to add strength to his compact body structure while maintaining his speed, overall athleticism and ability to bend.

No. 70 Chad Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington), DE
Prior ranking: No. 125
The Miami commit has flashed his high-ceiling ability, even though he is playing inside more than half the snaps as a senior. His combination of first-step quickness, arm length and the ability to play with low pad level sets him apart from most ends in the class.

No. 84 Rashaan Evans (Auburn Ala./Auburn), OLB
Prior ranking: No. 150
The 6-3, 217-pound Evans has filled out physically, and displays the quick-twitch burst and speed combination to be a factor off the edge. Evans has been dominant off the edge as a senior with double-digit sacks.

No. 92 Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis), WR
Prior ranking: No. 144
The Florida State commit continues to flash the initial quickness, ability to get to top-end speed quickly, ability to play the ball in the air and elusiveness that makes the 6-2, 180-pound wideout one of the top playmakers in the class.

No. 128 Brad Kaaya (Hollywood, Calif./Chaminade College Prep)
Prior ranking: No. 171
The 6-4, 213-pound Miami commit is one the fastest rising quarterbacks in the class. Has added bulk to his tall frame, and continues to show the foot quickness, foot work and quick release that will be demanded of him at the next level.

Other Big Movers

WR Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp): From No. 99 to 49.
Texas A&M ATH commit Nick Harvey (Richmond, Texas/William B. Travis): From No. 101 to 60.
RB Joe Mixon (Berkeley, Calif./Freedom): From No. 100 to 72.
Georgia QB-DT commit Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford): From No. 157 to 94.
Oregon RB commit Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif./Imperial): From No. 154 to 99.
RB Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock): From No. 176 to 108.
Ole Miss S commit C.J. Hampton (Meridian, Miss./Meridian): From No. 201 to 134.
Alabama C commit J.C. Hassenauer (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge): From No. 246 to 188.
Georgia DT commit Dontavius Russell (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton): From No. 266 to 201

ESPN 300 debuts
No. 89 Frank Iheanacho (Houston/Westbury), WR
The 6-6, 215-pound pass catcher returned to the football field as a senior after playing only basketball as a junior, and has quickly become one of the most coveted uncommitted prospects in the country featuring deceptive initial quickness, and the high-point timing and size to win 50-50 balls in the air.

No. 287 Darrion Owens (Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf), OLB
The 6-3, 220-pound Owens has transitioned from safety to outside linebacker as a senior without skipping a beat. Long, rangy and with edge-rush ability, the Miami commit is a top senior riser.

No. 295 Shakenneth Williams (Macon, Ga./Rutland), WR
The 6-1, 196-pound Georgia commit was a standout at Mark Richt Camp in June. Williams is blessed with straight-line speed, change-of-direction ability, strong hands and the physicality and strength to play through contact.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsTailback Joe Mixon is ranked No. 72 in the latest update of the ESPN 300.
More Who Moved Into The ESPN 300

Ohio State ATH commit Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall): No. 148.
LSU DE commit Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass): No. 298.
Baylor WR commit Ishmael Zamora (Alief, Texas/Elsik): No. 245
Alabama OLB commit Keith Holcombe (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest): No. 284.
DT Derrick Nnadi (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes): No. 257.
DT Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin): No. 292.
Minnesota RB commit Jeff Jones (Minneapolis/Washburn): No. 181.
Virginia Tech DT commit Ricky Walker (Hampton, Va./Bethel): No. 299.

Injured Reserve

David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North), QB
The Alabama commit suffered a season-ending knee injury. The 6-5, 241-pound Under Armour All-American is No. 44 after being 32nd previously.

Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech), RB
The Tennessee commit suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the opener, requiring a second shoulder operation in less than a year. The 6-4, 222-pound Hurd is now No. 62 after being 39th.

Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), WR
The 6-3, 172-pound Harris hasn't played this season due to a lingering hamstring issue. The Michigan commit checks in at No. 85 after previously being 72nd.

Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker), DT
The 6-6, 295-pound Shaw has been sidelined with a neck injury this season. He checks in at No. 186 after a prior ranking of 82nd.

Sharieff Rhaheed (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central), OLB
The 6-2, 202-pound Rhaheed missed the first six games of the season before returning to the field in late October. The former LSU commit is No. 260 after being ranked 133rd previously.

Kyle Berger (Cleveland/Saint Ignatius), OLB
The Ohio State commit was sidelined his senior season with an ACL tear. He dropped out of the ESPN 300 after being ranked No. 281.

Treyvon Paulk (Milton, Ga./Milton High), RB
The Tennessee running back commitment recently suffered a season-ending knee injury. He dropped out of the ESPN 300 after previously being ranked No. 294.
The Opening, presented by Nike, will feature 162 of the best high school football players in the country. The event, which will include linemen, 7-on-7 and SPARQ testing competitions, is set to run from June 30 to July 3 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The following events from The Opening will be televised on ESPNU:

July 1: SPARQ Rating National Championship, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET

July 2: 7-on-7 Pool Play, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

July 3: Linemen Challenge Finals and 7-on-7 semifinal and championship games, 9 p.m.-midnight ET

The players will be divided in to six teams -- Alpha Pro, Apocalypse, Field Generals, Land Sharks, Super Bad and Vapor Carbon. Here is a closer look at how the teams match up.

Team: Alpha Pro
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Jordan Palmer, defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson

The Alpha Pro team will have plenty of targets to spread the ball around. Ermon Lane and Tyler Luatua, the No. 1-ranked receiver and tight end in the country respectively, bring size and playmaking ability to the passing game. ESPN 300 athletes Corey Holmes, Jalen Hurd, John "JuJu" Smith, Ja'Von Harrison, and Derrell Scott are all explosive offensive weapons.

Defensively Alpha Pro is led by Andrew Brown, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country, ESPN 150 cornerback Damon Webb, defensive end Andrew Williams, Ohio State linebacker commit Dante Booker and LSU cornerback commit Chris Hardeman.

Complete Alpha Pro roster.

Team: Apocalypse
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Adam Tafralis, defensive coordinator Donovin Darius

The first thing that jumps out about team Apocalypse is the talent in the defensive front seven. Team Apocalypse will be led by five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Hand, from Woodbridge, Va., is the No. 4-ranked player in the country, while McMillan was recently bumped up to a five-star linebacker. Joining Hand and McMillan along the front seven are ESPN 300 defensive linemen Anthony Moten and Ainuu Taua, and linebackers D.J. Calhoun and Rashaan Evans.

Offensively, team Apocalypse has no shortage of playmakers. ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott, K.D. Cannon and Michiah Quick will provide explosiveness in the passing game, while athletic running backs Joe Mixon and Royce Freeman will provide athletic and reliable targets out of the backfield.

Complete Apocalypse roster.

Team: Field Generals
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Charlie Frye, defensive coordinator Michael Fletcher

Seven-on-seven events are always geared towards the offense, but with five-star defensive back Adoree' Jackson, No. 3-ranked safety Jamal Adams, and ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett in the secondary, the Field Generals should more than hold their own. New Ohio State defensive end commit Jalyn Holmes and the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the country, Solomon Thomas, will be two to watch along the defensive line.

Offensively, the Field Generals are led by ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, ESPN 300 wide receivers Austin Roberts and Thaddeus Snodgrass and explosive Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood.

Complete Field Generals roster.

Team: Landsharks
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Craig Nall, defensive coordinator Keith Bulluck

The Landsharks have some big-time talent along each line of scrimmage. Led by five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the Landsharks also feature ESPN 300 offensive guard Corey Martinez. ESPN 300 defensive linemen Gerald Willis III and Thomas Holley, as well as ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas, will form a very physical and athletic defensive line.

In the secondary, the Landsharks will have three defensive backs -- Arrion Springs, Chris Lammons and Tony Brown -- that are ranked among the top 85 players in the country. The defense also features ESPN 150 linebacker Nyles Morgan.

Offensively, explosive running backs Dalvin Cook, a Florida commit, and Racean Thomas form a dangerous tandem out of the backfield, and wide receivers Travis Rudolph and Jalen Harvey are solid receiving threats.

Complete Landsharks roster.

Team: Superbad
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Dennis Gile, defensive coordinator Harold Nash Jr.

The Superbad defense line is led by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson. The linebacking corp is stacked with three ESPN 300 members, including Clifton Garrett, Christian Miller and Edwin Freeman. Cornerback Jalen Tabor is the No. 19-ranked player in the country.

Offensively, Superbad has a huge advantage with the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, running back Leonard Fournette. This team is loaded on offense, with wide receivers Drake Harris, Josh Malone and Speedy Noil all in the mix.

Complete Superbad roster.

Team: Vapor Carbon
Coaches: Offensive coordinator George Whitfield, defensive coordinator Chris Gizzi.

Vapor Carbon will be tough to throw against with defensive backs Quin Blanding, Naijiel Hale and Ed Paris roaming the field. The linebacker group is just as impressive, with Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, Kain Daub and Dillon Bates all leading the way.

The offense for Vapor Carbon could be lethal with running back Joseph Yearby and Nick Chubb in the backfield. Spreading out wide receivers T.V. Williams, Justin Brent and tight end Ian Bunting on the outside could prove to be an awesome combination for this squad.

Team Vapor Carbon has a lot of pieces to make a long run in the 7-on-7 tournament, but then again, every team is stacked in this competition.

Complete Vapor Carbon roster.
With several months to go until national signing day for the Class of 2013, it's never too early to look at Oklahoma’s top prospects for 2014 with a 14 for ’14 wish list.

Up first was the offense and now it’s time to look at defense where the Sooners have not been bashful offering the top prospects across the nation.


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Every Thursday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

• OU's lone running back commit solidifies his commitment.
• What type of linebackers is Tim Kish looking for? We have an answer.
• An ESPN 150 wideout has the Sooner State on his mind.
• OU has offered a Chicago linebacker in the 2014 class. Is he interested?
• One of the state's best 2014 prospects almost committed during the summer. But to which school?

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.

Ford comfortable with Gundy

Not always the most talkative OU commit, Cypress (Texas) Ranch running back Keith Ford wants everybody to know he is still fully committed to the Sooners.

Ford’s quiet attitude has led to some rumors being spread about him looking around. He said any rumors at this point do nothing but make him laugh.

“My mind is set on being a Sooner," he said. "Nobody can change that."

One big reason why is because of the relationship he has developed with running backs coach Cale Gundy. When Ford visited the campus in November, one thing that stood out was getting to meet Gundy’s family. He knew right then it was all about family, the Sooner family at OU. Nothing has changed since his first visit. And as Ford has talked more with Gundy, he sees something else in his future coach.


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Running back Keith Ford is solid to the Sooners.


“He seems like a guy that will push me to my limit,” Ford said. “He is going to make me work harder and compete more than I ever have before.”

It’s all about competing for Ford, ranked No. 3 at running back and No. 32 in the ESPN 150. It’s that mindset that didn’t deter him when OU took another ESPN 150 running back in Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage-Boca Delray’s Greg Bryant. Ford said he never had any negative feelings about Bryant being in the same class and that he hasn’t gotten a chance to speak with Bryant since his decommitment.

“Either way, when you get to college, you’re going to have to compete,” Ford said. “I like to compete. My mom is like ‘Why do you get so mad some times?’ I hate losing and will do everything to win.”

For this season, though, it’s more about staying healthy. Ford broke his foot midway through his junior season and said he has been itching to get back on the field since.

When the team is going through walkthroughs right now, he can’t help but go full speed because he is so excited to be back.

“That first month after I was off my boot I was kind of scared about breaking it again,” Ford said. “I’m good now. I’m ready to get back to work and feel great.”

Mastrogiovanni enjoying the quiet life

Before I even started the conversation with Dallas Jesuit linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni, he cut me off mid-sentence.

“I’m so happy to be a Sooner,” Mastrogiovanni said.

Mastrogiovanni, ranked No. 7 at inside linebacker and No. 202 in the ESPN 300, said committing to the Sooners in June allowed him to enjoy his summer. Instead of fielding recruiting calls and trying to get in touch with schools, Mastrogiovanni said he felt like a regular high school senior and just had fun.

But that doesn’t mean he stopped talking with Tim Kish or Mike Stoops.

“I talk with them when I can. I would say I’m talking to them at least a couple of times a month,” Mastrogiovanni said. “Coach Kish is so busy right now with camp that we haven’t talked, but it’s OK.”

Linebacker recruiting has been a hot topic of debate since Kish took the job. Some fans, though not ready to write him off the new assistant coach, have been wondering what might be going through Kish’s mind.

Mastrogiovanni did his best to answer that.

“What I see right now is he wants more size on the roster,” Mastrogiovanni said. “There are a lot of guys like 6-foot or 6-1 that have a lot of athleticism and speed. But I think he’s looking for bigger guys.”

One of those bigger linebacker targets would definitely be ESPN 150 linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian). Mitchell took an unofficial visit to OU last weekend that has helped put the Sooners in the mix for the four-star recruit.

And Kish will have an ally in Mastrogiovanni in trying to get Mitchell to Norman.

“Oh yeah, I told Coach Kish anything he needs from me to try to help to let me know,” Mastrogiovanni said. “I’ve friended Mike on Facebook, and I’m going to do what I can. I’m just going to tell him why I love OU so much and why I think it’s a great place to be.”

Mastrogiovanni was an admitted OU fan so it wasn’t going to take too much to get his pledge. But he said any doubts he might have had were wiped away with Kish.

“He solidified everything,” Mastrogiovanni said. “He’s a really genuine guy and made me feel like I was at home.”

Treadwell with OU on the brain

The beauty of Twitter. One 2013 recruit who has been getting the hopes up of OU fans everywhere with his tweets this week is ESPN 150 receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee).


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Receiver Laquon Treadwell will take all of his official visits before deciding.


Treadwell, ranked No. 38 in the ESPN 150, sent out a “Boomer Sooner” tweet Sunday and then sent out a “Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State” tweet Monday.

It's safe to say the four-star prospect has the Sooner State on his mind.

“I’m liking the Sooners a lot,” Treadwell said. “I’ve been talking to the coaches a lot on Facebook, but we haven’t tried to set up any official visits.”

Treadwell was supposed to see OU for the spring game on April 14 but canceled his trip because of severe weather. That would have given him a chance to see the facilities. Instead, he has had an alternative.

“It’s not like seeing it in person, but I’ve been YouTubing a bunch of videos that have guides to the campus and facilities,” Treadwell said. “I’m really excited to see everything.”

Treadwell is good friends with Michigan quarterback commit Shane Morris, but OU commits Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) and Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) have tried to reach out to Treadwell.

“It does mean a lot to have all these guys and all these schools after me,” Treadwell said. “I want to take my official visits first.”

Auburn, Ole Miss and Florida are other schools Treadwell is high on. What might set OU apart from the rest is the style of offense, something Treadwell thinks he would be perfect for.

“They get the ball into their playmakers’ hands," he said. "That’s all you can ask for as a receiver."

Clark waiting for first offer

At this point, Denton (Texas) Ryan’s 2014 defensive end Sekou Clark is done thinking about recruiting and done wondering why he doesn’t have his first offer.

Clark, who said he is now 6-4 and 225 pounds, camped at OU, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech this summer. He got rave reviews at all four sites but still, he waits.

“It is making me work that much harder at everything I do,” Clark said. “I’m still working for that scholarship."

Clark got to watch from one of the best defensive ends in the country last season, backing up Florida State freshman Mario Edwards Jr., who was ranked No. 1 in the ESPN 150.

All that waiting didn’t allow him to see the field too often. He said he only had significant playing time in three games last season. He has been telling himself that is why the offers haven’t come.

The bright side, though, is he was able to hone his craft.

“This season I’m out to prove I’m not a backup anymore,” Clark said. “Last year I had to sit and learn from players that were better than me. I developed my game a lot from watching them. Now I’m ready.”

Clark has camped at OU three straight summers and said he is still high on the Sooners. However, he has not had much contact with OU defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright since the June camp. He has been keeping in touch with coaches at Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

Always a lean defensive end, Clark said he has worked hard on his toughness this summer. Adding the weight was one thing and now he wants to prove he can be a run-stopper.

“You can’t pass rush every down, and I want to be an every down player so I’ve had to step up,” Clark said. “I think I have. Now I’m just waiting for the opportunity.”

Sooners make push for Garrett

Spend one minute talking with OU freshman David Smith, and it’s easy to get along with his engaging personality.

So was it Smith, a native of the Chicago area, that turned the OU coaches onto Plainfield (Ill.) South 2014 linebacker Clifton Garrett? That's unclear right now, but not long after Smith mentioned Garrett on Twitter, Garrett received an OU offer.

“I know a little about the program,” Garrett said. “It’s a tradition-rich program, definitely a winning program. They have a great coaching staff.


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Linebacker Clifton Garrett says he has no favorites right now.


“I only talked to Coach Kish for like 10 to 15 minutes. We were just trying to get to know each other. He said he would love if I could make it down for a game. They really like the way I play.”

Garrett talked to Smith the day before the offer came and got to know Smith in the last year. The two were members of the Core 6 team comprised of some of the Chicago area's top athletes. Also included in that bunch is Laquon Treadwell.

When Garrett talked to Smith, he asked him how everything was going at OU. Smith had nothing but rave reviews in the middle of his first fall camp with the Sooners.

It is incredibly early for a list of favorites, Garrett said, but he did list some schools he likes in OU, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Illinois.

One thing he is not afraid of is expectations.

“This year is going to be, what do they call it, a breakout year," Garrett said. "Yeah, this is going to be my breakout year to help me get closer to reaching my dreams."

Clark ‘that close’ to LSU commitment

In a perfect scenario, OU would be the destination for the Clark boys, 2013 point guard Stevie Clark (Las Vegas/Quest Prep) and 2014 defensive end Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass).

But what fans don’t realize is OU was incredibly close to missing out on both of them and would have had Deondre had his way.

“Dre loved his visit (to LSU),” said Dorshell Clark, the boys’ mother. “LSU has been his most favorite since he was younger. As he has gotten older, he has liked Alabama. He talks about OU but not as much as LSU.

“He was ready to commit right there on the visit. I told him no. I think it’s in his best interest to wait.”

And now OU has some added ammo in trying to land Deondre. Defensive end commit D.J. Ward, who recently transferred to Oklahoma City Douglass, is excited about the chance to play with Deondre and the feeling is 100 percent mutual.

“He is going to force Dre to step up,” Dorshell said. “Dre brags to me all the time. ‘Mom, he’s so good. No, seriously, mom, he is so good.’ He is somebody he can look up to and make him work harder. D.J. being there is making Dre work harder whether D.J. knows it or not.”

With Stevie Clark, ranked No. 58 in the ESPN 100, transferring last weekend that has pretty much eliminated all chances of him ending up at OU and Lon Kruger. That move, however, should have no real effect on what happens with Deondre.

“He taught me how to become a young man, on and off the court and on and off the field,” Deondre said. “I knew it was going to happen, but I’m heartbroken. But I have to get used to it because he was going to have to leave eventually anyway. He’s the brother I’ve always been the closest with.”

Dale’s stock on the rise

He might be a little on the small side at 5-foot-8, but all 2014 defensive back Cedric Dale (Keller, Texas/Timber Creek) does is make plays.


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Undersized defensive back Cedric Dale has an offer from Texas Tech.


And that’s starting to get him noticed. Dale fared well at OU’s three-day camp in June but his parents were a little concerned about the fact he didn’t get to go up against the elite performers at the camp.

That wasn’t a problem at Texas Tech’s camp earlier this summer and Dale earned an offer from the Red Raiders, his first one.

“It felt great,” Dale said. “I just want to go out there and be able to show everybody what I can do.”

Dale has been high on USC and OU for a long time with strong family ties to both programs. He said he wants to develop a better relationship with the Sooners coaching staff moving forward, but he knows he can't sit and wait for OU’s offer.

Dale said Oklahoma State and Nebraska are both starting to show increased interest after getting a chance to watch his film.

Though he hasn’t received the attention he thought he might have at this point, Dale knows he can make an impact with a strong junior season.

“We’re going to be in the spotlight a lot so I have to perform and give it my best,” Dale said.

Wolves on the prowl

When talking about Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe, the obvious name that comes up is 2014 quarterback Justice Hansen.

But there might be another 2014 prospect worth keeping tabs on in running back Cameron Westbrook, who camped at OU in June.

“Cameron has really turned the corner,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “He has matured in a big way. He is so gifted, and it feels like it is all coming together for him.”

Westbrook doesn’t have any offers yet but camped at OU, Oklahoma State and Kansas State this summer. He was supposed to camp at North Texas but couldn’t make the trip.

Despite being an Oklahoma kid, Westbrook said Texas was his favorite school growing up. At this point, he has no favorites.

As for Hansen, he said he enjoyed his final month of the summer. He camped at OU and took unofficial visits to Florida and Florida State. He already has offers from Missouri and Arkansas.

Just because things are quiet doesn’t mean things are bad. Hansen said he has been speaking to Josh Heupel on a regular basis and spoke to him last week.

“I don’t think I’m going to make any visits or anything like that here coming up, but I’m still in contact with the coaches I’ve been talking to for a while,” Hansen said.

Hansen had a breakout sophomore season for Edmond Santa Fe. The team, as a whole, shocked everybody in going from 1-9 to 10-2 and district champions. They won’t shock anybody this season and that’s OK.

“That’s what you want,” Hansen said. “You want to be one of those teams that are consistent and are one of the best. I’m not afraid of that. It’s not being cocky, but we’re confident.”

Broken Arrow talent getting national looks

There is tunnel vision at Broken Arrow High in Broken Arrow, Okla., and it is all about winning the Class 6A state championship.

Broken Arrow lost 23-22 in the 2011 championship to Tulsa Union. This year’s group might even be more stout, and it is done talking recruiting. However, with the talent on the squad, recruiting talk is going to find them a lot this season even if it’s not their No. 1 priority.

“No, I’m not really paying any attention to that at all,” 2014 running back Devon Thomas said. “I kind of kept myself confined the last two months. I have one focus and that’s the gold ball.”


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