“We're going to be the No. 1 defense in the state,” Carson said. “It's a whole new defense this year and we're looking real, real good.”
That playoff game against Skiatook woke up Carson to the possibility that football could be a big part of his future.
“That game did a lot for me,” he said. “I didn't think I ever had a chance to play college football before that game. It was a dream. That game changed that, though.
“Right now, it's all in my hands. As long as I keep putting in the work, it's going to happen.”
The work is a big part of what Klinck is trying to instill in Carson — not necessarily for his success this year but setting him up for success in the future.
Klinck should know. He was a two-time Oklahoman All-State first-teamer out of Jenks in 1999-2000 and wound up signing with Oklahoma.
“Once you get into college, it becomes a job,” Klinck said. “Once you get there as a freshman, you're busy from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and if you don't have a work ethic and you're not ready to rock n' roll, you're going to get left by the wayside.
“It's starting to click with him a little bit and you can definitely see it in the way he's working out now and the way he's taking coaching. It's exciting to see.”
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Oklahoman Super 30
The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 10, Kimmie Carson of Tulsa East Central. Here are the last three players we've written about in the series:
No. 13: Ben Oberste, Sallisaw
No. 12: Dominique Alexander, Tulsa Washington
No. 11: Jordan Smallwood, Jenks
Up next: Check out No. 9 on the Super 30 list, a big, bruising running back who accounted for nearly 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns while helping his team to the state finals. Find out who he is in Saturday's Oklahoman.
No. 10: Kimmie Carson
School: Tulsa East Central
Recruited by: Offers include Arkansas State, Oregon State, New Mexico and South Dakota.