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

Hansen has proved he's worthy of that spot with schools such as Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Arkansas already jumping aboard with offers.

But it's also about performance.

Hansen isn't as tall as the state's two other big-time quarterback prospects but had a huge junior season despite an up-and-down season from the Wolves' offensive line.

The way he adjusted to that made Hansen stand out even more as he showed off speed that helped him both buy time in the pocket and be an effective piece of the ground game when needed.

Hansen has grabbed attention from around the country and was the only Oklahoman on ESPN's recent “25 from the class of 2014 to watch.”

Jacob Unruh: The case for Jenks DB Steven Parker

Jenks defensive back Steven Parker has spent the majority of his career in the shadow of another great Jenks player.

As a sophomore, there was Alex Ross. Last season, there was Jordan Smallwood.

Now, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back has everyone's attention.

Last season Parker recorded 74 tackles and four interceptions as a safety for the Class 6A champion Trojans, and was recently named SoonerScoop.com's Junior of the Year.

Coaches love his size and athletic ability; Parker is also a standout on the basketball court.

Oklahoma offered him in May and schools are quickly following with Oklahoma State, Alabama and Tulsa making offers. Meanwhile, Florida State has started to show interest, and many more likely will follow.

Parker is the Sooners' top defensive back target, and rightfully so.

And with Alabama coach Nick Saban — who coaches the Crimson Tide's secondary — showing interest, Parker is no longer playing in a shadow.

Instead, he should be providing the shadow as the state's top-rated prospect.

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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