High schools: Star running backs highlight coaches' All-State team

The All-State football game is not until Aug. 1, but the East coaches might as well start preparing their run defense game plan.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: January 27, 2014
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photo - Kingfisher's Landon Nault squares off against Seminole defender Papi White on this third qtr. sweep during the high school Class 3A semi-final football game at Choctaw High School on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.  The game pitted two teams who came into the game with perfect records, Kingfisher Yellowjackets and Seminole Chieftains.    Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Kingfisher's Landon Nault squares off against Seminole defender Papi White on this third qtr. sweep during the high school Class 3A semi-final football game at Choctaw High School on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. The game pitted two teams who came into the game with perfect records, Kingfisher Yellowjackets and Seminole Chieftains. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

The All-State football game is not until Aug. 1, but the East coaches might as well start preparing their run defense game plan.

The West lineup, as announced by the Oklahoma Coaches Association on Monday, includes six 2,000-yard rushers.

All five running backs on the roster, and Bishop McGuinness quarterback Jacob Lewis, all surpassed the 2,000-yard mark this season. The group includes the state's leading rusher, Braden Stringer of Blanchard, The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year; Landon Nault of Kingfisher; and Class 6A's most productive back, Michael Warren of Lawton.

KINGFISHER STAR LANDON NAULT COMMITS TO EMPORIA STATE

Kingfisher's Nault verbally committed to Emporia (Kan.) State, according to coachesaid.com.

Nault, who was a national finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman, rushed for 2,304 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior, concluding his career with more than 8,000 yards from scrimmage and 132 TDs.

ARKANSAS OFFERS MIDWEST CITY'S SUNDERLAND

Already established as one of the top prospects in the state's 2015 recruiting class, Midwest City safety Will Sunderland's offer list expanded to the SEC on Monday with an offer from Arkansas.

Sunderland, a first-team Oklahoman All-State selection, had 98 tackles and five interceptions as a junior. The 6-foot-3, 194-pounder already has offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa, with several other programs showing interest.

OKC TRIO STAYING IN STATE

Three Oklahoma City football standouts have decided to stay in state for college.

Douglass linebacker Johnny Jones verbally committed to Central Oklahoma on Monday, choosing the NCAA Division II Bronchos over Division I FCS Morgan State (Md.), among other opportunities. Jones was a Little All-City first-team selection. He had 74 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions as a senior.

Southeast linemen Marguess Smith and Anthony Bryant made their college choices. Smith, a defensive tackle, committed to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College. As a senior, he had 131 tackles (24 for loss) and eight sacks.

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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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by Jacob Unruh
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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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