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High school notebook: Garrett McGrady chooses Tulsa

Bethany High tight end/defensive end decommits at Arkansas State, plans to sign with Golden Hurricane
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jason Kersey Published: March 11, 2012

Bethany tight end/defensive end Garrett McGrady plans to sign with Tulsa in the coming days, ending a hectic recruiting process for the 6-foot-8 senior.

McGrady did not sign last month on National Signing Day, awaiting a potential offer from Arkansas State. He committed after ASU offered a grayshirt spot, meaning that he wouldn't enroll until January 2013.

But Arkansas State defensive coordinator Keith Patterson, who recruited McGrady, left to take a position at West Virginia. ASU head coach Gus Malzahn stood behind the initial offer but also released McGrady to look at other schools.

Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship offered McGrady a grayshirt opportunity, and he plans to sign this week.


Deer Creek's Isaac Hellbusch was expected to be one of the top pitchers in the state this season.

But his senior season ended before it began, as a broken wrist suffered in a fall at home will keep Hellbusch out for the year.

“It's just one of those things,” Deer Creek coach Ron Moore said. “At least it happened now so we can adjust to it.”

Hellbusch, an Arkansas signee, was 9-0 with a 2.11 ERA. He struck out 56 in 53 innings as a junior, helping the Antlers to the Class 5A championship game.


Three more Douglass football players have signed letters of intent, making six in all who will play college football.

Late last week, receiver/defensive back Andrew Bailey signed with the new football program at Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee, while QB/DB Chris Compton and lineman Camron Dizer signed with Texas College in Tyler, Texas.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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
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 Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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