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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tulsa adds two in-state players

By Bob Przybylo

The philosophy of Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship has been simple: attack the in-state players. And when you’re done doing that, attack them some more.

It’s working. Oklahoma landed the top in-state prospects, but the Golden Hurricane are cleaning up with some of those lesser-known names who had quietly gone under the radar.

Tulsa added two more this weekend in three-star defensive end Frankie Davis (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) and dual-threat quarterback Jaylen Lowe (Owasso, Okla./Owasso).

Davis committed late Friday and Lowe followed suit Saturday morning. Davis, who is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, wanted to commit to Tulsa earlier but took too long, so he pledged to New Mexico last month.

In essence, New Mexico and Tulsa made a trade. Three-star defensive end Donnie White Jr. (St. Louis/De Smet) flipped from Tulsa to New Mexico on Friday and Davis returned the favor by switching to the Golden Hurricane from the Lobos.

“It’s a lot closer to home, and I get to play with a lot of guys I’m familiar with,” Davis said. “I grew up playing against them. It’s going to be fun playing with them.”

Davis was a known quantity coming into the season, but the same cannot be said for Lowe, who is 6-foot and 180 pounds. But after taking Owasso to the Class 6A state semifinals, Lowe’s profile increased. Tulsa made the offer last weekend and Lowe confirmed Saturday he had pledged.

The issue for Lowe was finding a spot for him in college. Most schools viewed him as an athlete with the secondary most likely being his destination.

But Lowe confirmed Tulsa said his first look is going to be at quarterback. Tulsa has 11 commits from the Sooner State, with seven of them being at least three-star prospects.