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 http://www.usatodayhss.com/.
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.
Cannon, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, is averaging 22 points per game on the season. He'll be the sixth Oklahoma product on the Lions' roster, along with Xavier McClish of Midwest City, Seth Youngblood of Roland, Jake Toupal of Broken Arrow, L.J. Ross of Victory Christian and DaVaunta Thomas of Tulsa Hale.
State reps to make announcement regarding OSSAA
With legislative session approaching, state representatives Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, Gus Blackwell, R-Laverne, and Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, have a news conference scheduled Monday to discuss new information about the failure of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to address concerns they raised during a legislative study last fall.
In September and October, an interim study regarding the OSSAA focused on concerns about the organization's processes, transparency and money management.
The news conference is at 10 a.m.
Broken Arrow wrestling coach suspended
Broken Arrow wrestling coach Shawn Jones has been suspended by the OSSAA after an academically ineligible athlete competed in multiple events this season.
Jones' suspension is for the next seven events, which will keep him out through the Dual State Tournament on Feb. 15.
The Tigers also must forfeit all points earned by the ineligible athlete during duals this season and will forfeit all tournaments in which the athlete competed.
The school stated in a release that the infraction was not intentional and Jones self-reported the oversight. Broken Arrow officials then notified the OSSAA.
Broken Arrow, ranked No. 2 in the Class 6A dual rankings, will host top-ranked Stillwater at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.