New Texas Tech coach Klilff Kingsbury and his staff are working hard on the Oklahoma recruiting trail.
The Red Raiders landed their third Oklahoma prospect Thursday night when Lawton defensive tackle Ivan Thomas announced his verbal commitment on Twitter.
Thomas, 6 feet, 265 pounds, has spent most of the last two seasons as a running back, but has shown that those quick and powerful skills translate to the defensive line as well. Thomas, who also had an offer from Kansas State, was rated No. 26 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruiting list for the class of 2014.
Millwood receiver Cameron Batson and Douglass offensive lineman Mildren Montgomery have also committed to Texas Tech.
Thomas becomes the state's 15th player committed to an NCAA Division I FBS program, 10 of whom are committed to teams from BCS conferences — eight in the Big 12 and one each in the SEC and Pac-12.
BAJEMA, CHAMBERLAIN TEAM UP FOR FREE NFL CAMP
Super Bowl champion Billy Bajema of the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints linebacker Chris Chamberlain have partnered with the FCA for the NFL Experience football camp, a free, two-day camp for boys age 11-14.
The camp will be held June 24-25 at the Southern Nazarene football facility located at NW 50th St. and Stinchcomb Rd.
Bajema, a former OSU and Westmoore standout, and Chamberlain, who played at Tulsa and Bethany, will work as coaches at the camp each day, alongside some of the state's top high school coaches.
The camp is designed to introduce athletes to football in a fun, non-contact manner to teach fundamentals and improve players' skills and understanding of the game.
Each camper will receive a T-shirt. The camp is open to the first 150 boys to register. More information is available by calling (405) 285-9399.
ALLONZO TRIER STACKING UP OFFERS
Tulsa NOAH junior-to-be Allonzo Trier is busy on the summer basketball circuit once again this year, and the results are showing up in the form of scholarship offers.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and others extended offers before Trier's sophomore season, when the 6-foot-3 shooting guard averaged nearly 30 points per game.
But in the last week, five more programs have jumped in, with Texas A&M, Marquette, Temple, SMU and Washington offering scholarships.
BEARD, SCHNIDER EARN WRESTLING AWARDS
The National Wrestling Coaches Association recently selected Tuttle's Zach Beard, a four-time state champion, as the state's Wrestler of the Year.
Beard was dominant against in-state competition the last two years, capping his career with a state title at 170 pounds.
The organization also recognized Edmond North coach Andy Schnider as its Coach of the Year after leading the Huskies to the Class 6A state championship.
Tuttle's Chris Finn was named the state's Assistant Coach of the Year by the NWCA.
FARROW, WARD TAKE GATORADE HONORS
Broken Arrow thrower Bo Farrow and Beggs distance runner Regan Ward were named the Gatorade Oklahoma Track Athletes of the Year this week.
Farrow, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior, won the shot put and discus at the Class 6A state meet last month. He won the shot put with a throw of 61 feet, 11 inches and threw the discus 185-7 while helping the Tigers to the team championship as a team.
Farrow performed even better at the Meet of Champions, throwing the shot 62-3 and the discus 194-11.
Ward won three individual state titles in May to help Beggs claim the Class 3A team title. Ward won the 800 meters with a time of 2:19.55, the 1600 in 5:12.79 and the 3200 in 11:13.03.
Ward graduates as the state record holder in the 3,200 meters at 10:38.38.
GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP COMING UP
The entry deadline for the Women's Oklahoma Golf Association's Girls Junior State Championship is nearing.
The event is set for July 9-10 at MeadowBrook Country Club in Tulsa. The entry deadline is July 5. Cost to enter is $60, which includes Junior WOGA membership dues.
Entry forms are available online under the tournament calendar at www.woga.us.