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Douglass has its star players — and 'The Undesirables'

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- Brandon Jackson, Jordan Stevenson and Jalil England might not attract college scouts, but the Trojans could not win without them.
by Scott Wright Published: November 21, 2013

photo - Brandon Jackson, Jordan Stevenson and Jalil England pose for a portrait at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps The Oklahoman
Brandon Jackson, Jordan Stevenson and Jalil England pose for a portrait at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps The Oklahoman

The Undesirables.

As nicknames go, it doesn't sound too promising.

But this one is lovingly sarcastic, because Douglass football coach Willis Alexander knows just how valuable the three players to whom he gave the name mean to his team.

Most high school football fans have heard about Douglass' stars, like 6-foot-3, 240-pound Deondre Clark, an All-American bound for LSU, or 6-foot-5, 270-pound Texas Tech commit Mildren Montgomery, another All-American at left tackle. Linebacker Johnny Jones has a Division I scholarship offer, and 6-foot-6 sophomore quarterback Patrick McKaufman is starting to create a buzz.

But unless you're a hard core Trojan fan, you probably don't know about The Undesirables — Brandon Jackson, Jordan Stevenson and Jalil England.

That's because 5-foot-9 offensive linemen like Stevenson don't generally grab much publicity. Linebackers under 6-feet tall, and defensive ends under 200 pounds don't draw big-time college scouts to Friday night games.

But Alexander knows his team wouldn't be in the Class 4A quarterfinals, hosting Oologah on Friday night, without The Undesirables.

“If we were playing a pickup game, they'd probably be some of the last ones picked,” Alexander said with a smile. “But they're the true example of what high school football is all about. It's not always the biggest, prettiest kids you go win with.

“I ask people all the time to tell me the last great player Clinton had. No one can think of one. Well, why do they have 16 gold balls? There's something to that.”

Stars will be stars, no matter where they're playing. It's the players that fill out the rest of the spots in the lineup that make a team great. And that's where The Undesirables come in.

Stevenson — who earned the personal nickname of Fat Nasty around the locker room for a variety of reasons — might be nine inches shorter than the quarterback he's protecting, but he gets the job done well.

Some Class 5A and 6A schools have defensive backs bigger than the 6-foot, 200-pound England, yet with Clark drawing constant double-teams on the opposite end of the defensive line, England has 21 sacks through 11 games.

Jackson, nicknamed Fat Mike at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, won't win many foot races, but he has 175 tackles the last two years. Alexander calls him one of the best middle linebackers he's had at Douglass.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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