Though the football recruiting class of 2012 is still heating up, one prospect for the 2013 class is already starting to make his name.
Lawton sophomore defensive end D.J. Ward picked up his first offer as Texas A&M offered Ward earlier this week.
Ward was helped out in getting notice with how deep and talented last year’s Wolverines squad was. Lawton went 12-1 and lost to eventual champion Tulsa Union in double overtime in the semifinals.
Ward is 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds.
Belcher with five offers
Guthrie football coach Rafe Watkins knew it was only a matter of time before the recruiting interest started to pick up for offensive lineman Blake Belcher.
Watkins was right. Belcher has picked up two offers in the last week to give him five from three different conferences.
The Pac-10 has been the biggest supporter of Belcher as Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona have offered the junior.
Belcher, 6-foot-6 and 271 pounds, has also been offered by Iowa State and Tulsa. He is No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for 2012.
Top area recruiting camp returns
OkVarsity.com will have two separate all-state combines for the first time. The website, the Oklahoma high school site in the Rivals.com network, has always had an Oklahoma City area venue but has added a Tulsa one, too, for the top football recruits
The first combine is May 21 at Yukon, while Broken Arrow is the site for the combine May 28.
Check-in for offensive players participating will begin at 8:30 a.m. for both combines. Defensive players’ registration will begin at 9:30.
Recruits will be tested in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical leap, kneeling power ball toss and bench press.
The combine costs $45 at the event, but recruits can register on the website for $35 through the day of the event.
Players that shine can participate in an invitation-only all-state showcase in the summer. For more information, visit OkVarsity.com.
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