Oklahoman All-State running back Michael Warren of Lawton picked up his first Big 12 Conference scholarship offer over the weekend when Iowa State joined the mix for the 6-foot-1 speedster.
The offer came just days after Louis Ayeni was hired as Iowa State's new running backs coach. Ayeni came to Iowa State from Toledo, which was one of the first Division I programs to offer Warren.
Ayeni joined the new offensive staff of former Oklahoma offensive coordinator and Kansas head coach Mark Mangino, who was hired as Iowa State's offensive coordinator earlier this month.
Warren recently reached academic qualifying standards, which will likely increase his interest from other larger programs. He already has offers from Tulsa, Southern Mississippi, Washington State, and New Mexico, among others.
Warren has been clocked at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash and rushed for 2,512 yards and 26 touchdowns in 12 games, averaging 9.3 yards per carry in Lawton's 11-1 season.
SAND SPRINGS' WALDEN WINS GATORADE AWARD
Sand Springs' Cheyenne Walden was recently named the Oklahoma Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, the organization announced.
The freshman raced to the Class 6A individual state championship with a time of 11:19.5 on the 3,200-meter course, breaking the tape nearly 11 seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Walden capped her season at the Oklahoma Meet of Champions, running away from the field to win in 11:30.25.
Walden has maintained a 3.67 grade-point average and has volunteered locally for multiple community service initiatives through her church youth group.
THOMPSON REACHES 1,000 POINTS AT FRESNO STATE
Former Cache standout Taylor Thompson became the 20th player in Fresno State history to score 1,000 career points with 19 points in the Bulldogs' 60-50 win Saturday against Colorado State.
Thompson, a member of The Oklahoman's Super Five in 2009, has been Fresno State's leading scorer this season, averaging 13.3 points per game.
“Anytime you get something like that, it's a great honor, because this is a great school with great players that came through,” Thompson told the Fresno Bee. “I'll do whatever is best for our team. And I think me scoring more is best for our team. I'm used to facilitating a little more. But I like it.”
She also ranks fourth all-time at Fresno State with 403 career assists and was recently invited to the ProHoops Combine, a combine for the WNBA and professional leagues overseas.