Fresh off helping lead Heritage Hall to the Class 3A state football championship at Boone Pickens Stadium, junior Sterling Shepard was offered by Oklahoma State on Tuesday, said Chargers head coach Andy Bogert.
Shepard did a little bit of everything for Heritage Hall this season. He ran for 575 yards and 10 touchdowns; had 56 catches for 1,015 yards and 18 scores; threw for three touchdowns; and picked off eight passes and returned six of those for touchdowns.
In the championship game, Shepard scored four rushing touchdowns in the second half as Heritage Hall came back for a 28-21 victory against Kingfisher.
Shepard said he has been receiving interest from UCLA, and he competed at Oklahoma's Junior Day last Saturday.
NATIONAL TALENT COMES TO METRO
As the Douglass boys basketball team began to gain national attention over the offseason, it also gained the ability to attract national talent to Oklahoma for the first-ever Phil Ingersoll TASK Classic, set for Friday and Saturday at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.
â€œCoach Ingersoll and I talked about this idea a couple years ago and thought, â€˜Why not bring some nationally ranked teams here?'â€ Douglass coach Terry Long said. â€œHopefully, we can beat them, but also to move to another venue and give some other people an opportunity to come watch us play against some other great high school players.
â€œThis is something we hope to do every year, even if we're not as good as we are this year.â€
Three schools, each with nationally ranked recruits, will visit for the event. Marshall High from Chicago will travel the farthest, with teams also coming in from Bossier High in Bossier City, La., and Grace Prep in Arlington, Texas.
The event will open Friday with the Douglass girls against Marshall at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Marshall boys vs. Bossier at 6. The Douglass boys and Grace Prep will meet at 8 in the night's showcase game.
Grace Prep is led by guard Jamal Branch, a Texas A&M commit who is ranked as the No. 67 player in the country by Rivals.com, and 7-foot junior center Isaiah Austin, a Baylor commit who is rated as the No. 2 overall player in the country by Rivals.