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Broken Arrow's Gyasi Akem headed to Oklahoma State after memorable senior year

ALL-STATE FOOTBALL — Gyasi Akem, who has committed to Oklahoma State, led the Tigers to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the state semifinals.
by Scott Wright Published: January 5, 2014

Gyasi Akem committed to Oklahoma State late in his junior year at Broken Arrow.

"April 20, 2013," Akem said with authority. "The coaching staff is great. I really admire the attitude of the program."

Akem also said you'll never see an Oklahoma State player lashing out at someone and that kind of character was a big factor in him making the decision to head Stillwater next fall.

This past fall, Akem led the Tigers to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the state semifinals and has been selected to The Oklahoman All State team.

"It was great," Akem said about the year. "That last game (a loss to Union) was one of the best we played even though we lost."

Akem said he improved individually and said the benefits of playing more than one position on defense will help him in the future.

The 6-foot-2 outside linebacker started the season playing nickelback. An injury shuffled some things around, and Akem ended up playing at linebacker.

Never shying away from a challenge, Akem said he doesn't mind guarding slot receivers and even running backs in the passing game because he knows it makes him a better player.

But it was a running play to the outside that led to a record-setting run.

"It was designed for me to stop it," Akem said.

Not only did he stop the run, Akem forced a fumble, picked it up and ran 88 yards for a touchdown, a Broken Arrow record.

"I must have looked back a thousand times. I kept whipping my head left to right," Akem said.

Broken Arrow easily defeated Putnam City that night, 52-21, but the memory will last forever for Akem.

"This is high school football, you'll never get to do this again,” Akem said. “You have to have fun."

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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