ESPN.com 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 PLEASED WITH 7-ON-7 PERFORMANCE
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.
BURGER COMPLETES STAFF
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.”
Adams will be the running backs coach, while Powers and Lambert will be the offensive and defensive coordinators for the freshmen.
Burger said he will also serve as the offensive coordinator for the varsity team.
BOYER COMMITS TO WICHITA STATE
Deer Creek shortstop Jordan Boyer verbally committed to Wichita State on Tuesday, announcing his decision on Twitter.
“I have officially committed to play baseball for Wichita State University! Excited to be a part of such a great tradition! #GoShockers,” he tweeted.
Boyer hit .398 with two home runs, 22 RBIs and 43 runs out of the leadoff spot last season for the Antlers.
Deer Creek coach Ron Moore said Wichita State was a good fit for Boyer. New Wichita State coach Todd Butler had recruited Boyer during his time at Arkansas. Also, Wichita State's Director of Baseball Operations, Scott Gurss, played for Moore and graduated from Deer Creek.
COOPER TRANSFERRING TO TEXAS A&M
Two-time Oklahoma girls basketball state champion Taylor Cooper will transfer from Oral Roberts to Texas A&M, her father Jeff said Tuesday.
Cooper, a 6-foot forward, started all 31 games last season as a true freshman at ORU, averaging 10.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The Golden Eagles won the Southland Conference Tournament and lost to Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
She ended her prolific high-school career with back-to-back state championships. Cooper led Bethel to the Class 3A state title as a junior before moving to Shawnee as a senior and winning the Class 5A championship.
After her senior season, Cooper was named to The Oklahoman's Super 5 team.
At Texas A&M, she'll join fellow 2012 Super 5 player Courtney Walker, who just finished her freshman season with the Aggies. Walker was a two-time Oklahoman Super 5 Player of the Year.
The Aggies won last year's SEC Tournament in their first season in the league. Cooper will sit out the 2013-14 season, per NCAA rules, and have three seasons of eligibility beginning in 2014-15.
OSSAA, INJURIES AMONG HOUSE INTERIM STUDIES PROPOSALS
The Oklahoma House of Representatives released its 2013 Interim Studies Proposals lists on Friday, with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association and sports related injuries listed.
Two state representatives — Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, and Rep. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore — requested the interim study on the OSSAA in May to investigate some of the practices and procedures of the organization.
Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Broken Arrow, requested the study on sports related injuries, specifically heat and concussion related injuries and available specialized insurance coverage.
OSSAA MOVES OFFICIALS CONFERENCE
The OSSAA announced Tuesday that the annual Oklahoma Officials Association summer meeting and Hall of Fame ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 3, have been moved to Southmoore High School.
The meeting was scheduled to be held at Westmoore, but it was moved to accommodate FEMA officials scheduled to meet the same day.