High schools: OSU's Travis Ford, others visiting former Douglass star Stephen Clark

Coaches from Baylor, UCLA, Florida State, Marquette, Missouri and Tulsa are also scheduled to visit Clark before he heads back to Las Vegas.
by Ed Godfrey and Scott Wright Published: September 2, 2012
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Former Douglass basketball standout Stephen Clark, currently attending Quest Prep in Las Vegas, will be back home later this week, if only temporarily.

Clark and his mother, Dorshell, have lined up some in-home visits from college coaches on Sept. 9-11, including Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford.

Ford's recruitment of Clark has become important with the Cowboys' needs at point guard, and Clark is viewed as Ford's top target at the position.

Baylor, UCLA, Florida State, Marquette, Missouri and Tulsa are scheduled to visit, and Connecticut could be in the mix as well.

Clark's family still lives in Oklahoma City while his younger brother, Deondre Clark, continues his football career at Douglass, where he is being recruited nationally as a defensive end.

The family has said Stephen Clark will not make a college choice until spring. He is regarded as a top 100 player in the country by virtually all major recruiting services. He's rated No. 93 in the latest Rivals.com Top 150, No. 73 by Scout.com, No. 59 by ESPN and No. 47 by MaxPreps.

HERITAGE HALL HITS TOUGH STRETCH

Heritage Hall jumped from No. 12 to No. 7 in 3A after a dominating defensive performance in the Chargers' 30-8 victory Thursday night over Casady.

Thirteen of the Casady's 25 rushing plays in the game produced negative yards.

“Up front, we played really well,” Chargers' coach Andy Bogert said.

Heritage Hall's defensive line was drawing double teams, allowing linebackers Demaria Walters, A.J. Knowles and T.J. Schallner to run free and disrupt Casady's offense.

Walters and Knowles both had quarterback sacks for huge losses at critical times in the game.

Cornerback Domonique James iced the game with a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Offensively, sophomore Connor McGinnis showed poise as Heritage Hall's new quarterback.

“I thought he was pretty composed,” Bogert said. “He ran our little option game pretty well. We put him in some spots where he could make some easy throws; he had a good grasp of the game plan, and he did a good job.”

The Chargers face a brutal schedule over the next three weeks against 4A No. 2 Clinton, 2A No. 4 Davis and 3A No. 1 Kingfisher.

“The caliber of competition is going to go up, and we just got to be ready,” Bogert said. “If we can stay healthy through those games, we are looking forward to the latter part of the year and getting on a roll.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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