Next year's quarterback class is strong in the state.
Further evidence of that came Thursday when a pair of state QBs were named in the ESPN150 ranking of the country's top prospects for the 2014 class.
Norman North's David Cornwell leads the way at No. 24.
Cornwell (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) moved to Norman North after playing last season at Jones.
His offers include Oklahoma State, Alabama, Auburn, Kansas, Miami, Missouri, Oregon State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.
Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen (6-3, 200) is at No. 93 on the list.
Hansen committed to Oklahoma on Saturday before the spring game, choosing the Sooners over Texas A&M.
NORTHEAST'S EDWARDS SIGNS WITH SOONERS
Northeast point guard T'ona Edwards went past the state tournament without an offer from her first choice.
But Edwards didn't want to settle, holding out for an offer from either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State.
Wednesday, Edwards' dream came true when she signed with the Sooners
Edwards averaged 16.7 points, seven rebounds, six assists and nearly four steals a game in helping the Vikings to a Class 2A state title and a perfect 30-0 season.
She also earned Oklahoman Little All-City Player of the Year honors.
“T'ona is a terrific athlete who gives us immediate depth at the point guard position,” Sooners coach Sherri Coale said. “She is a proven winner, as she led her team to a state championship this year, and she is a competitor.”
ROBERTS STEPS DOWN AT NORMAN NORTH
Butch Roberts has resigned as the boys basketball coach at Norman North, he told The Oklahoman on Thursday.
“I'd like to coach again in the future,” said Roberts, who was the Timberwolves' coach since 2006 after serving as a longtime Norman High assistant. “Being a coach now is harder than it was 10 years ago. I wasn't positive I could give it all it takes, so I decided to take a break.”
Roberts led the Timberwolves to the state tournament in 2010.
For now, Roberts' plan is to remain as a teacher at Norman North until he decides he's ready to coach again.
Norman North will be an attractive job, with a young roster of returning starters, including freshmen Marcus Dickson and Lindy Waters III.
This is the second Class 6A boys basketball job to come open since the season ended. Yukon hired Scott Raper to replace Ralph Nigro earlier this month.
There are also attractive boys openings at Centennial and Douglass.
LEEDEY'S WARD SIGNS WITH OU
Oklahoma was a natural fit for Leedey shortstop Drew Ward.
His father, Gregg, his grandfather, uncle and two cousins played baseball for the Sooners.
His mom, Susan, was a track and field athlete at OU.
So when Ward decided to reclassify to graduate in 2013, there was little doubt where he was going to sign.
Ward made it official Wednesday, signing with the Sooners.
“We are very excited to have Drew and his family joining our family here at Oklahoma baseball,” Sooners coach Sunny Golloway said in a statement. “Drew's outstanding talent speaks for itself on the diamond, but what is even more impressive is the character of this young man. We are honored he will be a Sooner for life.”
Will Ward be a Sooner next year though?
That remains to be seen, as Ward is widely considered a high pick in June's draft.
Ward, 18, could have played for Leedey next fall and spring but chose instead to move his graduation up a year so that he could sign and be drafted this year.
Ward is hitting .565 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs.