Heritage Hall senior Quintaz Struble, an Oklahoman first-team All-State defensive lineman, will take an official visit to Wyoming this weekend.
Struble had scholarship offers from Arizona and Colorado State, but both offers were put on hold when each school fired its respective coach — Mike Stoops at Arizona and Steve Fairchild at CSU.
Struble recorded 62 tackles and eight sacks as a senior, but he was forced to miss Heritage Hall's last four games because of a torn MCL suffered in the Chargers' regular-season finale at Kingfisher.
FREEMAN IMPRESSES AT COMBINE
Midwest City offensive lineman Carlos Freeman was one of a handful of state players to travel to San Antonio for the U.S. Army National Combine, which was held in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month. Freeman (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) made quite an impression, being the only Oklahoma player listed on Rivals.com's All-Combine Team. Freeman was an honorable mention selection.
Freeman also wrestles for the Bombers. The combine features approximately 500 juniors from around the country. Other state players who participated included Edmond Santa Fe's Khari Harding and Trevan Smith, Douglass' Dior Smiley and Dion'Tay Washington, Edmond North's Heath Newland, Westmoore's James West, McAlester's Devin Rolan and Tahlequah-Sequoyah's Brayden Scott.
DINKINES COMMITS TO SOUTHWESTERN
Deer Creek wide receiver Hunter Dinkines committed to play his college football at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford. Dinkines had 711 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior year for the Antlers, who finished the season 7-4 with a playoff berth. Dinkines' father, Bill, was a standout player for Putnam City West, when it finished 14-0 and won the Class 4A state championship in 1981.
BURLINGTON'S BUTLER RED-HOT
The month of January has been kind to Burlington sharpshooter Garrett Butler. The Southern Nazarene signee has averaged 37.1 points per game in January with 51 rebounds, 32 assists and 26 steals in seven games. He has shot 53 percent from 3-point range and 61 percent inside the arc.
In only one of those seven games has he played the fourth quarter, that being a 40-point performance against Pond Creek-Hunter in the finals of the Cherokee Tournament, a 65-55 Burlington win.
He also had a 37-point half against Attica, Kan., with a 16-of-19 shooting performance. He set the Cherokee Tournament record with 46 in the semifinals, and last Friday, he scored 50 points against Medford, again coming out after three quarters.
In January, “Garrett has played as well as any player I have coached in my 33 years,” coach Randy Turney said.
Burlington will take part in the Cherokee Strip Conference Tournament in Enid Thursday-Saturday.