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High schools: Super 30 could have easily been Super 50

The strength of this year's class is better than normal.
by Scott Wright Published: August 25, 2013
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Norman North's Tyler Sipe (18) is congratulated after a touchdown pass reception as the Norman High School Tiger football team plays the Norman North Timberwolves at Gaylord Family/Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Norman North's Tyler Sipe (18) is congratulated after a touchdown pass reception as the Norman High School Tiger football team plays the Norman North Timberwolves at Gaylord Family/Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

If you saw the football preview special section in Sunday's Oklahoman, you probably noticed that the high school sports staff released its preseason edition of the Super 30 list, ranking the top recruits in the 2014 recruiting class.

The list stopped at 30, but it easily could have been a Super 50.

The strength of the class at the top — with guys such as Jenks' Steven Parker, Norman North's David Cornwell, Douglass' Deondre Clark, Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen and others — is better than normal. But the depth of the class is mind-blowing.

A few years back, when we first decided to start the Super 30, we settled on stopping the list at 30, because that was right around the mark for an average year in the state.

It seemed like the perfect number, allowing us to include a legitimate group of Division I prospects while not watering down the list with fringe players who probably weren't going to get that D-I shot.

But here we are in August and at least 40 high school prospects already have Division I (either FBS or FCS) scholarship offers, and 23 of them are verbally committed to college programs.

At this time of year, the Super 30 usually includes a few fliers in the last five spots — guys who are getting good reports from scouts and college coaches, but haven't landed an offer yet.

Not this year. The only player on the list without an offer was Guthrie athlete Kai Callins, a player who has top-15 talent but is coming off an ACL injury. Based on his movement in Friday night's scrimmage, showing the ability to cut quickly on the surgically repaired knee, he's on pace for the type of year that will bring the D-I offers many expect.

Wagoner running back Lawrence Evitt got bumped off in the latest revision of the Super 30, though he's clearly D-I material after his 2,980-yard season.

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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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