As good as Blackmon and Owens?
By Justin Harper
I wrote an article about Plainview wide receiver Justin Blackmon in Tuesday’s paper and had a breakout which compared Blackmon’s stats with that of Muskogee’s Jameel Owens, the state’s highest recruited player. Blackmon’s numbers were a tad better, but came against Class 3A foes. Owens posted his against 6A competition. Still, the two are neck and neck, both are unreal players and both will be heading to Division I-A.
The article caught the attention of former Sand Springs coach Brad Odom who says he knows someone else who belongs in their class. Shane Devers, a Sand Springs senior, has more catches (34) than the dynamic duo and touchdowns (7). He’s racked up 550 yards receiving in just four games. He already holds the school record for TD catches in a career and in a single season.
Pretty sweet stats. Now, Sand Springs did play Tulsa Noah, a home-school team. That’s a definite stat-padder. Owens might catch 20 balls in that game — by halftime. Still, I’m going to check the Devers kid out. Odom says he’s overcome a lot. And, obviously, his production is terrific. I’ll let you know what I find out.
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