Edmond North running back Michael Farmer intends to reopen his recruitment, he told The Oklahoman on Wednesday.
Farmer, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back rated No. 12 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings, verbally committed last season to Arizona State, but has since decided he committed too soon in the process.
“I just feel like when I got the offer from them it was big, surprising and all of that,” Farmer said. “I went ahead and took it because nobody else had done that.
“But sitting out thinking, I just didn't want to just close off all of the offers I could get and just go to Arizona State. Lets see what I can get and go from there.”
Farmer rushed for 995 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, but suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs against Jenks.
The Rivals three-star recruit said he visited Oklahoma State last weekend and has been talking with Arkansas.
WARIBOKO-ALALI AMONG LOCALS AT RIVALS EVENT
Casady junior offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali, who recently committed to Oklahoma, is among a large group of in-state players to be on showcase at the Rivals250 Challenge Sunday in DeSoto, Texas.
The camp is for players in the graduating classes of 2015-17, and 14 Oklahoma players were invited to the event.
Also on the list is Clinton junior running back Marquiz Simpkins, who recently received his first scholarship offer, from Tulsa.
Others on the list include: receivers DeShawn Lookout of Westmoore, Akylen Mayfield of Tulsa Edison and Kalin Sadler of Lawton; Edmond Santa Fe offensive lineman J.R. Hensley; defensive lineman Marquise Overton of Jenks; linebackers Caileb Booze of Edmond North, Nate Christmon of Carl Albert and J.R. Singleton of Fort Gibson; defensive backs Markale Moses of Broken Arrow, Ashton Preston of Edmond Santa Fe and Austin Quillen of Jenks; and athlete Dillon Lohr of Carl Albert.
BINGER-ONEY TOURNAMENT REMEMBERS SPADY
Kim Spady found the Johnny Bench Tournament this week in Binger-Oney to be bittersweet.
Spady knows her son Caleb would have been playing for Hinton alongside his older brother Jacob and other players he knew, but instead the tournament was dedicated to his memory and research for the rare brain cancer that took his life nearly five years ago at the age of 11.
“It's hard to see these boys grow up and think what might have been,” she said. “They'd be playing this tournament together, too.
“Knowing that not only is he kind of out there when he wouldn't be, but the opportunity to spread awareness and raise money is pretty incredible too.”
Caleb Spady died from cancer on his brain stem and a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.
Binger-Oney coach Reggie Willits, a former MLB outfielder and Oklahoma standout, approached the Spadys about using the tournament as a way to raise awareness and money for research. Willits has remained close with the family since he met Caleb Spady at a Make-A-Wish trip to a Texas Rangers game.
For Kim Spady, it was a way to help keep her son's memory alive.
“There's no question life has to move on, but it's a struggle not to constantly be worried about (your kid being forgotten),” she said. “That's a huge gift.”
T-shirts were sold for the tournament and players from each team wore gold ribbons on their hats and helmets.
YUKON'S DENNEY AMONG MAXPREPS ALL-AMERICANS
Yukon catcher Jon Denney and Owasso first baseman Austin O'Brien were named to the MaxPreps 2013 Baseball All-American first team earlier this week.
Denney, The Oklahoman's All-State and Big All-City Player of the Year, hit .459 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs for the Millers this season. He was drafted in the third round by Boston and recently signed with the Red Sox.
O'Brien, an Oklahoma signee, hit .402 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs. He earned Gatorade state player of the year honors.
Also named to the first team was Colleyville (Texas) Heritage outfielder and Oklahoma football signee Cody Thomas. Thomas hit .470 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs. Thomas was drafted by the Yankees but will not sign.
He has said he intends to play baseball at OU as well.
Two more with state ties were named to the second team. Carl Albert corner infielder Gavin LaValley, a junior, was one of just four underclassmen on the teams. LaValley hit .477 with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs for the 5A state champions.
Joining him on the second team was former Stillwater infielder Ryder Jones. Jones played in North Carolina as a senior, hitting .461 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs and earning Gatorade state player of the year honors.
Jones was drafted by the Giants in the second round and recently signed.
SWIMMING TRIO ON ALL-AMERICA LIST
Three Oklahoma swimmers were named high school All-Americans this year after finishing among the top 100 swimmers nationally in an event.
Tomas Elder and Justin Wu of Norman North both qualified, along with Ally Robertson of Edmond North.
Robertson, a sophomore and The Oklahoman's All-City Girls Swimmer of the Year, set the state record the 200 individual medley and won four gold medals at the 6A state meet.
Elder and Wu teamed up to help Norman North win a pair of relay titles at state, and each won two individual golds as well.
MCGUINNESS' SADEGHY, EDMOND PAIR QUALIFY FOR BIG I
Alexis Sadeghy of Bishop McGuinness birdied six of her final nine holes at KickingBird Golf Club last week to win the state qualifier for the Big I National Championship, one of the nation's oldest national junior golf tournaments.
In addition, Jacob Bishop and Austin Eckroat, both of Edmond, were first and second, respectively, to qualify for the event in the boys competition.
Sadeghy's back-nine total of 29 gave her a 66 for the tournament and earn a spot in the national event, which will be held Aug. 5-8 at Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina.
Like Sadeghy, Bishop finished strong to win, firing a 64 in the second round of the 36-hole tournament.