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High school sports notebook: Anadarko's Sheldon Wilson named national player of the year

BY SCOTT WRIGHT, RYAN ABER and JASON KERSEY, Staff Writers Published: January 14, 2012

Anadarko running back Sheldon Wilson, who was The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year and was featured in Sports Illustrated in December, was named as's Small Schools Player of the Year and was on the website's Small School All-American team.

Wilson rushed for 3,335 yards and 57 touchdowns, and finished the season with 64 total scores. Both touchdown marks are state records.

Wilson, who is still awaiting an NCAA Division I offer, appears likely to start his college career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, a junior college that has produced several D-1 players.

Wilson said MaxPreps will present Anadarko's football team with a plaque for finishing as the website's No. 2-ranked small school team in the country at halftime of Tuesday's home basketball game.

Joining Wilson on the All-American team were Heritage Hall receiver Sterling Shepard, an Oklahoma commit, and Metro Christian quarterback Andrew Hearon. Both were also Oklahoman All-Staters.


After an enjoyable visit Friday and Saturday, Yukon safety Derek Deeds decided Washburn was the place for him.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior verbally committed to the Topeka, Kan., school on Saturday.

Deeds, a second-team All-State selection by The Oklahoman, had 67 tackles and was among the best in Class 6A with seven interceptions in helping the Millers to a 7-4 season. He also had 46 receptions for 596 yards with four touchdowns and rushed for 270 yards.

Washburn coaches want to utilize him as a free safety.

“The facilities are awesome and the coaches are really cool,” Deeds said. “We definitely will have a chance to win it all.”

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