Millwood receiver Cameron Batson always had Texas Tech high on his list of prospective schools. The weekend visit for the Red Raiders' spring game cemented it.
Batson verbally committed to Tech on Sunday morning.
“I always had Tech on the top of my radar. It's a good school with good networking, so you can get a good job and know lots of people. And they throw the ball a lot, and that's something I wanted.
“They had a record for fans at their spring game Saturday. The fans are excited. The coaches are excited. They were excited about me and I was excited about them. I think it's a place I fit.”
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound receiver also had offers from Kansas and Washington State.
As a junior, Batson had 26 catches for 598 yards, while averaging 13.3 yards on 26 rushing attempts. He accounted for 13 total touchdowns and was among the state leaders with nine interceptions.
SOUTHEAST'S RASHAWN THOMAS COMMITS
One of the more underrated basketball players in the state's senior class, Southeast small forward Rashawn Thomas, verbally committed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last week.
The 6-foot-7 Thomas averaged 22.3 points, 15.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
A talented scorer inside, Thomas became an intriguing prospect because of his ball-handling and passing abilities on the perimeter. He played all five positions at times for Southeast.
“College coaches like that I can do a lot of different things,” Thomas said. “I had a couple triple-doubles this year, and they like that I can rebound, pass, score — and that's what I'm trying to elevate my game to, trying to be versatile.
“I'm not done yet. Getting D-I offers, I'm pretty proud of that. But I still have a lot more stuff I want to accomplish in my basketball career.”
He chose A&M-Corpus Christi over Lamar, Seattle and South Dakota.
IRISH TO HOLD CHILDREN'S CENTER FUNDRAISER
Bishop McGuinness will use its Tuesday home game against El Reno to benefit The Children's Center in Bethany.
The Children's Center cares for children with complex medical and physical disabilities.
Admission to the game, which starts at 4:30 p.m., is free for fans who bring one of the requested items.
The team is asking fans to bring diapers (Huggies and Pampers only), batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and nine-volt), white wash cloths, Burt's Bees lip balm and Cetaphil cleansers and creams. Cash donations will also be accepted.
The Irish are currently ranked No. 6 in Class 5A.
FOUR TO BE INDUCTED INTO OFFICIALS' HALL
Four longtime officials will be inducted into the Oklahoma Officials Association Hall of Fame this summer.
Seminole's Bill Allensworth, Tahlequah's Jack Crittenden, Durant's Mike Lawson and Piedmont's Royce Pennington will be inducted at the OOA Summer Conference at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at Westmoore High School.
Allensworth spent 33 years as a basketball official primarily in the Seminole and Shawnee areas and worked 24 state tournaments.
Crittenden spent 25 years as a football and basketball official, working high school and college games in Oklahoma and Missouri.
Lawton worked 30 years in basketball, baseball and softball and worked 10 different state tournaments and five state championship games.
Pennington spent 33 years as a football and wrestling official before retiring in 2003. He was also a past president of the Oklahoma City Metro Officials Association.
The Hall of Fame began in 1987. To be eligible, officials must be at least 60 years old and have a minimum of 20 years of service.