Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is shopping in his old backyard, extending a scholarship offer to Douglass junior defensive end Deondre Clark on Saturday, according to Trojans coach Willis Alexander.
Venables, a longtime assistant on Bob Stoops' Oklahoma staff, just completed his first season at Clemson, which was 11-2 and defeated LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Clark, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, set a school record with 22 sacks, while adding 99 tackles and 20 quarterback hurries to vault himself up the list of the state's most sought-after junior prospects. His offer list now includes OU, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, LSU and several others.
Clark is the second Oklahoma player in the 2014 class to be offered by Clemson, along with Broken Arrow running back Devon Thomas, who is committed to Oklahoma State.
TAYLOR, BOYD EARN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Tulsa East Central wide receiver/defensive back Stanvon Taylor was named to the MaxPreps All-American team.
Taylor, an Oklahoma commit, earned the honors at defensive back. He had 34 tackles and four interceptions on defense, though most teams avoided going his way. On offense, Taylor had 61 catches for 1,035 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for two more touchdowns.
Taylor was The Oklahoman‘s All-State Defensive Player of the Year this season and played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl earlier this month.
He helped his team to the Class 5A championship game before falling to Carl Albert.
Vian offensive lineman Rob Boyd was named to the MaxPreps Small Schools All-American team.
Boyd (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) is committed to Tulsa.
Boyd was a dominant force on the Vian offensive line that helped the Wolverines become the second highest-scoring offense in state history. Boyd was an Oklahoman first-team All-Stater this season and also played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
Also, Victory Christian quarterback Keats Calhoun was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American second team.
CORNWELL, MILLER EARN HONORS
David Cornwell, who spent last season at Jones but enrolled at Norman North last week, was named to the U.S. Army All-Combine team by Rivals.com following the combine in San Antonio earlier this month.
“There were few who were so clearly tops at their position as Cornwell,” the site said in selecting Cornwell as the top quarterback of the event. “His footwork is very precise and his drops were especially impressive for a quarterback who plays out of the shotgun in his high school offense.”
The only other state player named on the teams was Bixby offensive lineman Chandler Miller, who was named as an honorable mention.
Cornwell was also named as one of the top 25 recruits for the 2014 class by Randy Taylor, the director of football for National Collegiate Scouting Association Athletic Recruiting.
EDMOND NORTH TOPPLES TOP-RANKED BROKEN ARROW
Edmond North could be the new No. 1 team in 6A wrestling this week after the Huskies beat top-ranked Broken Arrow in the Jerry Billings Invitational over the weekend.
The Huskies entered the Sapulpa tournament ranked second in 6A but championships by their triplets — Andrew (220), Joel (195), and Lance Dixon (182) — boosted Edmond North to the title.
Edmond North finished second to Broken Arrow the previous weekend in the Geary Invitational, the only other time the schools have met this season.
The Huskies compete in “Three Dog Night” Monday at Edmond Memorial in Edlam wrestling. Edmond North, Edmond Memorial and Edmond Santa Fe each will face the other in duals beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The Huskies are looking for their 12th consecutive victory in “Three Dog Night.”
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, RYAN ABER AND ED GODFREY