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Super 30: Millwood's Cameron Batson is talented, a leader and a hard worker

The senior is everything a coach can want in a football player. Texas Tech has recognized that, too.
by Scott Wright Published: July 14, 2013

When Darwin Franklin took over as the new head football coach at Millwood in May, he began to observe his players.

He was trying to identify his most talented athletes, his strongest leaders, his hardest workers.

And in every category, he kept finding Cameron Batson.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior quickly established himself as a player the new coach could lean on.

“The thing that stands out more than the player is the person Cameron is,” said Franklin, the son of legendary Millwood basketball coach Varryl Franklin. “There's a lot of athletes you'll come across, but his character, his attention to detail are amazing.

“He loves discipline, and that's a quality that is strange to see in young men, somebody that wants discipline, wants consistency, wants to do things the right way. It was a breath of fresh air to come in and know one of your seniors has that vision, that drive you want your players to have.”

Texas Tech saw many of the same qualities in Batson, along with his incredible abilities with the ball in his hands, which is why the Red Raiders offered Batson a scholarship in the spring.

Batson, rated No. 14 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2014, accepted after making a visit to the campus to become the first of three Oklahoma high school players to verbally commit to Texas Tech in the last three months.

The Red Raiders like Batson as a receiver, a position where he has started the last three years for Millwood — but not a fourth. Batson will move to quarterback for his senior year, a position he grew up playing.

“It'll be a crazy season,” Batson said with a laugh. “I feel like I'm able to read defenses better than a lot of high school quarterbacks. Starting since I was a freshman, I've learned a lot about defenses, and it helps me know where my receivers are gonna be, where to throw the ball and seeing different types of coverages.”

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by Scott Wright
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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The Oklahoman's Super 30

No. 14: Cameron Batson

School: Millwood

Height: 5-foot-8

Weight: 165 pounds

Position: Receiver

Committed to: Texas Tech


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