• OSU football: Former Muskogee standout Tramal Ivy commits to Cowboys

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Tramal Ivy didn’t need long to pull the trigger on a commitment to Oklahoma State. One day. The former Muskogee standout, now a defensive end at Butler County Community College in Kansas, was offered by the Cowboys on Monday and he committed on Tuesday. “I was really waiting to hear from Oklahoma State,” Ivy told GoPokes.com. “When (defensive line coach) Joe Bob Clements called me the day before, my heart almost stopped. My mom and I had talked and both felt if Oklahoma State offered, I need to commit on the spot. I didn’t wait long.” Entering his senior year at Muskogee, Ivy ranked No. 10 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list.

  • Deer Creek's Joseph Winfield selected to national All-Star game

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Deer Creek defensive lineman Joseph Winfield was recently invited to the Senior All-Star Game at the National Underclassmen All-American Game in December. “It just means that all of my hard work has been paying off,” Winfield said. “I’ve just been trying to make sure my name is out there. Winfield, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound defensive end, recorded 123 tackles and an interception last season as a junior for Deer Creek, which won the District 5A-2 championship. Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said Winfield has turned into a great leader for the team. “He’s got a really, really good heart,” Gower said. The game and combine is scheduled for Dec. 29-30 in Charleston, S.C.

  • Norman North's Trae Young on Nike Bahamas trip roster

    Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Norman North junior guard Trae Young is one of the most coveted basketball recruits in the country, and he's put himself among elite company once again. Young is one of 12 players on a Nike roster headed to the Bahamas for a training session Aug. 19-23 which will culminate with a game against the Bahamian National Team. Young is one of six Class of 2017 prospects on the list, which is comprised of some of the best juniors and seniors in the country. Young was offered by Kentucky this week , and has offers from Duke, OU, Oklahoma State and Kansas, among others.

  • John Marshall's Tramonda Moore, who lost a close friend just 4 months ago, has become a football star

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Tramonda Moore marvels about all that has happened this past year. He smiles about it. Chuckles about it. Shakes his head about it. But there are times that he nearly cries about it, too. On the day high schools all across the state began football practice, no one has changed more since this time last year. The massive left tackle from John Marshall went from an unknown to arguably the most sought-after recruit in Oklahoma. “Nowhere in the recruiting talk,” Moore said of where he was on the first day of practice a year ago. “Not being ranked.” Now? “The whole country knows about me,” he said. He didn’t say that in a boastful way. It was more a statement of awe, a plea not to pinch

  • Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel's dad knows the recruiting game

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    SB Nation recently produced a piece entitled "8 pieces of advice from parents of star college football recruits," and the dad of 2016 Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel basically took it over. SB Nation talked to numerous parents of top-flight recruits, but Murray Starkel is the most prominent. He offers commentary on the business of recruiting, academics, social media (Nick already knows a little about the Twitter game), concussions, and the amount of investment put into the recruiting process. For example:   On being flexible:  "(Nick is) going to have additional interest from other schools, and things could change at the school he's

  • OU gets commitment from four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    For the second time in as many days, Oklahoma picked up a commitment from a defensive standout. Los Osos (Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.) outside linebacker Bryce Youngquist committed to the Sooners on Friday, announcing his decision on Twitter.   I am officially committing to the University of Oklahoma! #OU16 #OUDNA #CALISOONER #BOOMERSOONER #B2Gcertified pic.twitter.com/O3g2rKqqLl — Bryce Youngquist (@49BryceFootball) July 31, 2015   The Sooners picked up a commitment from Louisiana safety Chanse Sylvie on Thursday. Youngquist (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) is a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, which has him as the No. 14 outside linebacker and the

  • OU football picks up safety commit Chanse Sylvie

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoma picked up its seventh commitment for the 2016 class Thursday when Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy safety Chanse Sylvie committed to the Sooners. Sylvie announced his decision on Twitter. I will like to announce that after many prayers and restless night I have committed to the University of Oklahoma #OU pic.twitter.com/0v7x4luhSP — Chanse Sylvie (@ChanseSylvie) July 30, 2015 The three-star recruit according to Rivals.com chose the Sooners from a long list of offers that also included Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

  • Why 2016 quarterback Austin Kendall will star at OU

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Austin Kendall doesn't hit campus until 2016 for Oklahoma football, but the North Carolina native is already creating a buzz as the Sooners' next potential standout at quarterback. Bleacher Reports's Michael Felder has three reasons why Kendall will star at OU: Escapability, the ability to throw into tight windows and being able to throw a catchable ball. From Felder on Kendall's mobility: "He's not Trevor Knight. He's not going to run for 200 yards, but he does have the ability to get out of the pocket." Check out the B/R video here .

  • Altus' Taven Birdow adds Air Force offer

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Altus running back Taven Birdow picked up his first scholarship offer Wednesday morning since returning to Oklahoma this summer. Birdow tweeted that he was offered by Air Force, his fourth total offer. Birdow now has offers from Army, Richmond and Southern Miss. Birdow began his high school career at Altus before moving to Florida and playing one year at IMG Academy. As a sophomore with Altus, Birdown rushed for 1,796 yards - a school record - and 16 touchdowns. He averaged 8.8 yards per carry.

  • Super 30: How Edmond Santa Fe's Calvin Bundage transformed into state's top recruit

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    EDMOND — On a hot summer day two years ago, Cayman Bundage had his little brother broken and in tears, not in typical big brother fashion but as a mentor and workout partner. Bundage was back from his first season as an offensive lineman at Arizona. He was running two miles, but also dragging along Calvin Bundage, who was then about to enter his sophomore year as a short, pudgy baseball player who was turning away from football. “He’s crying,” Cayman Bundage said. “He said, ‘Man, I’m done. I ain’t running this,’ and then he ran inside.” It was that breaking point that led Calvin Bundage down a new path to prove people he could make it.

  • Norman North's Alexa Scott commits to ORU

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Norman North’s Alexa Scott verbally committed to Oral Roberts on Tuesday, announcing her decision on Twitter. Coach Rory Hamilton also confirmed the commitment to The Oklahoman. Scott, a 6-foot post, averaged 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season while leading the Timberwolves to the area tournament. She was offered last week by ORU.

  • Edmond North’s Tre Evans decommits from OSU

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Evans, one of the state’s top basketball recruits in the upcoming senior class, announced on his Twitter page that he was no longer committed to the Cowboys, a school he once said fit his up-tempo style of play.

  • Super 30: Jenks’ Dillon Stoner appears next in long line of local products turned Cowboy slot receivers

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Stoner — who stands 6-feet and 175 pounds — received double-digit scholarship offers from programs like Texas Tech, Arkansas and Washington State. But the Cowboys stood out for a number of reasons.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: 2016 guard Tre Evans decommits

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tre Evans announced, via Twitter, that he's no longer committed to Oklahoma State, saying that "My family and I have decided the best thing for me and my future is to reopen my recruiting." The guard, a senior to be, committed to the Cowboys in October and stood as OSU's lone commitment for the class of 2016. Back in October, Evans seemed sold on the Cowboys and their style of play, which he considered a fit for his own fast-paced play. “Ever since they offered me, I felt like our communication has been great," Evans told The Oklahoman at the time. "I felt like they needed me. I wasn’t just some other recruit. Then when I went on my visit last Friday, it just felt like home. It was a family

  • OSU football: Collinsville junior Levi Draper verbally commits to Cowboys

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Junior linebacker Levi Draper verbally committed to OSU, becoming the first commitment of the 2017 class. And he’s certainly a big catch.

  • Oklahoma basketball picks up guard commit Kameron McGusty

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Oklahoma thought it had a point guard for the 2016 class. Monday, Kameron McGusty gave the Sooners a commitment at the spot once again, when he announced that he intended to sign with OU. Truly blessed to say I have committed to the University of Oklahoma.. Feels good to be a sooner #boomersooner pic.twitter.com/Z3Qh9ldB4v — Kameron McGusty (@KamMcgusty) July 20, 2015 The 6-foot-5 Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes product also had offers that included Baylor, Indiana, Louisville and Texas. West Linn, Ore., product Payton Pritchard, whose father played at Oklahoma, was a longtime Sooners' commit before reopening his commitment earlier this

  • Super 30: How Lexington's Tyler Brown overcame tragedy to become highly recruited lineman

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Brown is a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman at Lexington who has verbally committed to TCU and is ranked No. 8 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top recruits. Those accomplishments are remarkable considering he will be the first of his immediate family to attend college and the death of his father near the end of his freshman year nearly sent him into a downward spiral.

  • Super 30: Sooners commitment Jon-Michael Terry will switch to LB for senior year, career at OU

    BY JASON KERSEY Staff Writer jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Terry, who committed to Oklahoma in February, is No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the best 2016 college football prospects in the state. He recorded 103 tackles and 20 sacks last season for Victory Christian as a defensive end and will move to inside linebacker this year.

  • Super 30: Jenks safety Austin Quillen's SEC opportunity a direct reflection of work ethic, playing style

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Quillen wondered how far his talent might take him at the next level. Could he contend in what’s widely considered the nation’s top college football conference? “Looking at myself as an SEC player?” Quillen reflected. “That didn’t hit me until Vanderbilt offered.”

  • Super 30: Jeremy Lewis no longer a hidden prospect in Lone Grove

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Coaches from programs in all parts of the country have either called or been in to see the 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back, who has nine offers so far, Nebraska, Tulsa, Ohio and Wyoming among them.