High schools: Blanchard's Braden Stringer, Kingfisher's Landon Nault are college material

The two running backs can provide big numbers. But they're short in stature, and that might keep them from receiving Division I offers.
by Scott Wright Published: December 22, 2013
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photo - Blanchard’s Braden Stringer runs past Plainview’s Gage Kennedy in the first half of Friday night’s Class 3A semifinal. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Blanchard’s Braden Stringer runs past Plainview’s Gage Kennedy in the first half of Friday night’s Class 3A semifinal. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

If you're looking for numbers from a running back, Braden Stringer and Landon Nault can provide them.

Blanchard's Stringer rushed for 3,202 yards and 44 touchdowns, averaging more than 10 yards per carry this season.

Kingfisher's Nault, a four-year starter on three state finals teams, finished with career totals of 7,223 yards and 121 rushing touchdowns. That's not counting another 1,000 yards receiving and 11 more TDs of various methods.

Both backs completed their high school careers Thursday in Kingfisher's 30-23 win in the Class 3A championship game. And both will compete at the college level.

But where?

Here are some other numbers that impact the answer to that question.

Stringer is 5-foot-8, and Nault is 5-foot-9. Both weigh about 180 pounds. And they play at the Class 3A level.

Wes Welker has long been the torchbearer for the small kid from the small high school. He's in his 10th season of a very successful pro career, but until there's another Welker or two coming out of the high school ranks every year, it's always going to be hard for those players to make their big production value outweigh what they lack in stature.

“You would think there'd be some colleges that would have learned their lesson with Wes Welker,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. “Wes is an exceptional athlete, but as far as the size and skills and those things, I see no difference between him and these two guys.”

The first test a high school athlete must pass for a college recruiter is the eyeball test, and 5-9 running backs grade out pretty low on the bell curve. It's an uphill battle the rest of the way, unless there's something unique about you.

Some have broken through. Seminole's Papi White, another 5-foot-9 back with over 3,000 yards this season, has finally started landing some Division I offers over the last few weeks, from places like Western Kentucky, Southern Miss and Ohio, with Tulsa lurking as well.

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by Scott Wright
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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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