Midwest City cornerback Ricky Reeves has committed to South Dakota, according to Steve Huff, the Bombers coach who has accepted a job in Texas.
Another Bombers defensive standout could be heading there as well.
Reeves took a visit to the school last weekend and made the decision to commit after the trip.
An Oklahoman All-State defensive back, Reeves (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) had 61 tackles and six interceptions as a senior and scored three rushing and a receiving touchdown on offense.
Linebacker Zeke Lewis is making a trip to the school this weekend. Lewis, also an All-Stater, had a 6A-best 169 tackles and added six sacks and an interception.
Reeves joins James Flanders (Tulsa), Dakota Moran (Northeastern State), Devin Crisp (NSU) and C.J. Smith (Emporia State) as Midwest City players committed to play in college. Several others could decide between now and signing day, Feb. 1.
CLABORN, JONES, BUSH MAKE COLLEGE CHOICES
Three high school football players on the west side of the Oklahoma City metro area made their college decisions this week.
Bethany quarterback Ryley Claborn verbally committed to Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford. Yukon quarterback Corben Jones will sign with Emporia (Kan.) State, and Yukon offensive lineman Tyler Bush has committed to Southeastern State in Durant.
Claborn quarterbacked the Bronchos to the state semifinals and quarterfinals in his final two seasons. As a senior, he threw for 1,883 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions, completing 122 of 207 passes (58.9 percent).
As a three-year starter for the Millers, Jones guided the team to three consecutive playoff appearances, snapping a decade-long postseason drought. In his senior year, 1,999 yards with 20 touchdowns and eight picks with a completion percentage of 59.6 (140 of 235). He also rushed for 500 yards and nine touchdowns.
Bush anchored the line of an offense that has averaged 32.2 points per game the last two seasons.
BENWAY, DAVIS COMMIT TO NEO
The number of Oklahoma high school football standouts committing to begin their college football careers at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M continues to grow.
Edmond North running back Jared Benway and tight end Troy Davis both committed to the Miami, OK, junior college on Saturday.
Benway, who lost his entire junior season to a torn ACL, shared the backfield with speedster Jarion Tudman as a senior. Much of his role was a blocking one, but he also rushed for 574 yards and six touchdowns.
Davis caught 31 passes for 374 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. Edmond North finished the season 9-3 with a tough, 17-16 loss in the Class 6A quarterfinals to eventual state champion Tulsa Union.
DEL CITY GIRLS STRUGGLING TO START FAST
Del City's girls' basketball team, which is ranked No. 5 in Class 5A, lost two straight games to end the Carl Albert Titan Classic last weekend, and in both losses — to Carl Albert and Mustang — the Eagles had to recover from huge, early deficits.
Against Carl Albert in the tournament semifinals, Del City trailed 16-3 after the first quarter but came back to lose by just four points.
Against Mustang, the Eagles were down 19-4 after the first quarter before rallying to make the game tight in the fourth quarter.
“We can set up any offense we want, but until they decide to execute and come out and hit shots, we're not gonna win,” said Del City coach Karri Sears.
“We always want to ease into something, and we can't do that. You've got to play a full four quarters. You've gotta come out and execute, and we don't.”
One reason for the early-game struggles is a lack of experience. The Eagles returned three starters from a year ago, but lost starting point guard Dionna Collins, a junior, to a torn ACL five games into the season. Collins had surgery on her knee earlier this month and is expected to make a full recovery for her senior season.
The only other two players with any experience to speak of are seniors Toni Smith, a Fresno State signee, and Mariah Jackson.
Del City (11-5) returns to the court Friday at Moore.
JOHN MARSHALL'S CHISM SIGNS WITH HUSTON TILLOTSON
John Marshall senior Zakeria Chism recently signed a letter of intent to run track at Huston Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.
As a junior, Chism qualified for the Class 4A state meet in the 400 meters and as part of the Bears' 800-meter relay team.
COLLEGE POSTCARD: WOMACK FITTING IN AT UMES
Former Edmond North basketball standout Gregory Womack is finding his niche with the program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an NCAA Division I program in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Womack, a 6-foot-5 sophomore who transferred to UMES from Redlands Community College in El Reno, recently made four 3-pointers in a 67-55 loss to Bethune-Cookman and has been a key piece of the UMES offense this season.
UMES is coached by Frankie Brown, whose staff includes former Colorado head coach Ricardo Patton.