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Football recruiting: Lawton's Jalin Barnett No. 8 on ESPN junior list

by Jason Kersey and Jacob Unruh Published: July 16, 2013
Advertisement released its 2015 ESPN Junior 300 recruiting rankings Tuesday with three Oklahomans on the list, including one in the top 10.

Lawton High offensive lineman Jalin Barnett sits at No. 8, earning the highest ranking among state players and a higher ranking than any Texas recruits.

Barnett, who is 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, already has offers from Oklahoma, Auburn, Oregon State, Stanford, Texas State and Texas Tech.

Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton is ranked No. 86, and Casady offensive lineman and Oklahoma commit Josh Wariboko-Alali is ranked No. 88.

Overton has offers from Baylor, Oregon State and Tulsa.


Heritage Hall delivered a strong performance over the weekend in the Southwest Elite Showcase 7-on-7 tournament in Springdale, Ark., going 9-3.

“We were pretty happy,” Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said. “Mainly I wanted to get (junior quarterback Connor McGinnis) used to that type of competition and used to playing under pressure more.

“We felt like we held our own.”

Heritage Hall was also joined by seven other teams from Oklahoma, including Bishop McGuinness.

Broken Arrow finished third and won the Liberty Bank Team Sportsmanship award.

McAlester, Stillwater, Tulsa Kelley, Victory Christian and Bixby were also in the tournament.

“We've been there the last four years and it's great competition,” Bogert said. “This is the most Oklahoma teams I've ever seen over there. When we first went, I think we were the only ones.”

Olive Branch (Miss.) beat Derby (Kan.) 36-9 in the championship game.


New Edmond North coach Scott Burger completed his staff Thursday when he hired inside linebackers coach Brandon Morris.

Morris spent last season at Southmoore and will be a lay coach for the Huskies.

Burger said six assistants remained at Edmond North after the departure of former coach Jeremy Dombek.

“It's a good group,” Burger said. “They all seem to fit well together. There's some experience, there's some youth and there's some in between the older and younger. It's a good mix.”

Also joining the staff are Dale Brown, Stephen Adams, Bryce Powers and Brian Lambert.

Brown will be the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He spent last season at Mount St. Mary and will run the same type of defense the Huskies ran in the past.

“I was excited that the ones that stayed knew a little bit about the defense,” Burger said. “I was always impressed with their defense. They were very well coached and they ran the defense very well. That was one of my big things that I wanted to do first was to get a coordinator in that was knowledgeable in that are and a staff that could fill in the missing pieces. So far it's been a great deal.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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