High school football: The case for The Oklahoman's Super 30 No. 1

High school writers Scott Wright, Ryan Aber and Jacob Unruh examine the top three players in the 2014 Super 30 list, making their case for who should be No. 1.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: February 10, 2013
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photo - Edmond Santa Fe High School football player Justice Hansen player poses for a photo in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Edmond Santa Fe High School football player Justice Hansen player poses for a photo in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Scott Wright: The case for Douglass DE Deondre Clark

Last Friday night, as the Douglass boys basketball team played a home game against Northeast Academy, Deondre Clark caught a pass outside the 3-point line in the left corner of the court.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Douglass junior dribbled a few times, between his legs twice, then drove hard to his right, going past a much skinnier defender into the lane, where he floated in a soft left-handed layup.

A little while later, he posted up against a defender, fought through a double-team and scored again.

His basketball skills mirror his football abilities. He has the speed and agility to beat you, or the strength and toughness to overpower you.

His combination of size, speed and power have caught the attention of football coaches across the country. His scholarship offer list literally ranges from coast to coast, starting with OU and OSU to Texas A&M, USC, Notre Dame, LSU, Clemson and a dozen more in between.

Meanwhile, Alabama and Florida are still in pursuit, though offers haven't come yet.

If you're pointing to the differences between elite SEC programs and the rest of the country, it starts on the line. The top teams in the SEC only go after defensive linemen they think can dominate at the top level. Guys who can go play in the NFL.

Clark doesn't only deserve to be the state's top-rated prospect. He'll be one of the top 100 recruits in the country.

Ryan Aber: The case for Edmond Santa Fe QB Justice Hansen

A compelling argument can be made for each of the top three in the Super 30 to be No. 1.

The best case, though, belongs to Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen.

First, it's about position. An elite-level quarterback is tough to lure since most teams will bring in just one quarterback every year, if that. Oklahoma State didn't sign a quarterback this year.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
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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