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High school notebook: Top backs Papi White, Michael Warren and Lawrence Evitt make college choices

Last week, Seminole’s Papi White verbally committed to Southern Mississippi, coached by former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Modified: January 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm •  Published: January 26, 2014

Three of the state’s top running backs have settled on their college destinations as National Signing Day nears.

Last week, Seminole’s Papi White verbally committed to Southern Mississippi, coached by former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken. White, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, led the state in rushing yards per game at 241.0, finishing with 3,133 yards and 41 touchdowns in 13 games.

On Sunday, Lawton standout Michael Warren committed to Iowa State after a weekend visit to the campus, as first reported by the Lawton Constitution.

Warren, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, led Class 6A in rushing with 2,512 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaging 209.3 yards per game.

And Wagoner running back Lawrence Evitt committed to Central Oklahoma, according to his coach, Dale Condict. The 5-foot-7, 165-pound Evitt rushed for over 5,600 yards and 66 touchdowns the last two seasons.

UTEP offers Mustang's Hill

Mustang offensive lineman Tristan Hill continues to gain college interest, with UTEP joining the mix late last week.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle also has offers from Florida A&M and Southeastern Louisiana, along with interest from North Carolina State and Washington State.

Memorial's Cowherd on USA Today list

Edmond Memorial's Shane Cowherd is in the regional round of voting for USA Today's best high school boys basketball coach.

Cowherd won the state round of voting and is now in competition against coaches from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. Cowherd has two Class 6A state titles and a 110-20 record in six seasons.

Fans can vote under the “Contests” tab at

Del City's Cannon commits to UAFS

Del City guard Brett Cannon verbally committed to Arkansas-Fort Smith on Friday as the program continues to come after Oklahoma talent.

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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 Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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