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High school notebook: Oklahoma Baptist football lands Carl Albert pair

Lineman Caleb Holland and linebacker Bo Bradshaw verbally commit to first-year program.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: January 21, 2013

Carl Albert lineman Caleb Holland has joined teammate Bo Bradshaw in verbally committing to Oklahoma Baptist.

Bradshaw, a linebacker, committed to the first-year program last week, while Holland made his decision official on Sunday.

Bradshaw led the Class 5A champion Titans with 132 tackles and added three sacks as Carl Albert bounced back from a 1-5 start.

Holland anchored the offensive line that was crucial in opening the run game for All-State quarterback Steven Thompson.

Holland chose OBU, which will play its first season of football in more than 70 years this fall, over multiple offers from Division I and II programs.

“It just felt like the right place for me,” said Holland, 6-foot-2, 270 pounds. “All the coaches really welcomed me in and made me feel at home there. I wanted to be a part of the new tradition of OBU football.”


Nick Jeffreys, one of the state's top tacklers, has verbally committed to The Citadel, according to Bishop McGuinness coach Justin Jones.

Jeffreys, a 6-4, 230-pound linebacker, finished the season with 185 tackles in 13 games, helping the Irish reach the Class 5A semifinals. He also had six sacks and an interception, earning a spot on The Oklahoman's Big All-City first team.

Known as the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel is located in Charleston and plays in the FCS, formerly known as Division I-AA.


Newcastle lineman Justin Coryell committed to Emporia State (Kan.) recently.

Coryell was the District 3A-3 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

He had 68 tackles, four fumble recoveries and four sacks for the Racers despite near-constant double-teams.

Emporia State was 10-2 this season, finishing the season with a win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the Kanza Bowl.

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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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