Westmoore catcher Hunter Southerland verbally committed to Oklahoma on Wednesday, giving the Sooners a second player from the Jaguars in the 2015 class.
Southerland, who just finished his junior season, joins right-hander Kyle Tyler as a Sooner commitment.
“I think OU got in there, let him know they wanted him and I think he felt comfortable with them,” Westmoore coach Jarod Freeman said.
Southerland hit .400 last season, hitting five home runs, eight doubles and driving in 32 runs.
PUTNAM CITY GRAD RANEY TRANSFERS TO UAFS
After two years at Canisius (N.Y.), former Putnam City basketball standout Dominique Raney is transferring to Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Raney will have two years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 5.5 points and shot 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore last season.
He’s the fourth Oklahoma player to join the Lions. Former Roland standout Seth Youngblood and Victory Christian’s L.J. Ross will be sophomores next season, and the Lions signed Del City’s all-time leading scorer, Brett Cannon, in the 2014 class.
SOUTHMOORE’S BRICKMAN LEAVES FOR OBU
Southmoore head football coach Jeff Brickman is stepping down to take an assistant coaching position at Oklahoma Baptist, sources confirmed to The Oklahoman.
Brickman will join his former boss at Southmoore, Chris Jensen. Brickman replaced Jensen in 2012 when Jensen stepped down as the SaberCats coach to take over the new OBU program.
ALL-STATE SOFTBALL GAMES SATURDAY
The Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-State games are scheduled for Saturday at the University of Oklahoma.
Games will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the large schools, which features The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year Katelyn Brown of Southmoore as a reserve on the team.
The small schools game follows at 1 p.m., with the middle schools game (Class 3A-4A) begins at 3:30 p.m., where Little All-City Player of the Year Allison Wells of Washington will start in the circle.
LLANUSA, JOHNSON AMONG TOP 25 IN 2017 CLASS
The honors keep coming for Choctaw’s Ana Llanusa and Edmond Santa Fe’s Jo’Nah Johnson following strong freshman seasons.
Llanusa was recently ranked No. 2 in the nation in the 2017 girls basketball recruiting class by ProspectsNation.com after her breakout season that earned her a spot on The Oklahoman’s Super 5.
The website also ranked Johnson No. 20. She has offers from Texas A&M and Tulsa.
Llanusa, who has verbally committed to Oklahoma, averaged 19.8 points per game while leading the Yellowjackets to the Class 6A semifinals.