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High school notebook: Douglass' Deondre Clark commits to LSU

Douglass star chooses Tigers over Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Also, Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key commits to Colorado State
Oklahoman Published: June 24, 2013
/articleid/3856047/1/pictures/2141792">Photo - All-State and Little All-City high school football player Deondre Clark of Douglass has chosen LSU as his college destination. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
All-State and Little All-City high school football player Deondre Clark of Douglass has chosen LSU as his college destination. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Coleman Key commits

to Colorado State

Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key has committed to Colorado State.

The commit was first reported by The Coloradoan of Fort Collins, Colo.

Key, No. 17 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 ranking of the top state college recruits of the 2014 class, threw for 1,308 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He picked the Rams over Arkansas State, Houston, Illinois, North Texas, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Key's one of four Tigers who are committed, joining running back Devon Thomas and linebacker Gyasi Akem, who are both committed to Oklahoma State, and offensive lineman Keaton Baggs, who is committed to Louisiana-Monroe.

Texas wins Heartland

For the third consecutive season, Texas won the Heartland Classic.

The Lone Star state representatives beat Ohio 6-0 in Saturday's championship game to take the title.

Texas lost its first game of the week, 5-4, to Georgia before winning seven consecutive games to take the title.

After winning its first four, Oklahoma went 1-4 to end the tournament. Maryland beat Oklahoma 16-7 in Saturday's third-place game.

The tournament raised nearly $10,000 for tornado relief efforts in a silent auction and other donations.

Texas' Hunter Hargrove of Mansfield was named the Player of the Tournament.

Three players from Oklahoma — Edmond Memorial's Parker Rigler, Yukon's Garrett Benge and Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley — were named to the All-Tournament team.

Mark Little to coach defense at Mount St. Mary

Longtime high school football coach Mark Little is returning to the sideline as the defensive coordinator for Mount St. Mary.

Little took last year off after coaching offense for the Rockets in 2011, and head coach Chris Stiles persuaded Little to return.

“I've got my golf game about where I want it now,” Little joked. “I got some calls and texts from people and kids there, and they got me off my duff.

“Usually, these things I leave up to the Lord, and he opens doors for you.”

Little has primarily been an offensive coach throughout his career — but not always. He coached defense at his first job in Hobart, and again in Sapulpa. During his time as Putnam City's head coach, he was tuned in to what the defense was doing as well.

“Defense is where I started my career, so I've got to go back a few years,” Little said. “As an offensive coach, you know what you like to see and what you don't like to see from a defense, so that's one of the benefits of coaching both sides of the ball.

“I'm at the point in my career where if I can help somebody else, I want to do it. I feel needed and wanted there. Chris Stiles has done a great job. The people are tremendous, and their primary goal is to help young people, so it feels right.”

Durant's strength coach holding camp at Del City

The nationally renowned basketball strength and conditioning coach who has worked with Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant since high school will be holding a camp in Del City this summer.

Alan Stein's Cutting Edge Camp, designed to improve basketball athleticism, will be held from noon-4 p.m. on Aug. 17 at Del City High School.

Stein, based out of Maryland, is regarded as one of the top basketball strength and conditioning coaches in the country.

Cost to attend the camp is $75 per player or coach, if registered by Aug. 4, and $99 thereafter, with team/group rates available. The camp is open to children age 10 and up.

The camp offers exercises in flexibility, quickness, agility, core strength and basketball-specific conditioning, among other things.

Registration and information is available online at

By Scott Wright and Ryan Aber


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