• OSU offers Tulsa Memorial's Isaiah Thomas on busy recruiting day around state

    scott wright | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    When he woke up Thursday morning, Tulsa Memorial’s Isaiah Thomas didn’t have a single Division I scholarship offer. By nightfall, he had four — two from the SEC and two from the Big 12, including Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were the fourth program of the day to offer the 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior defensive end prospect, following Missouri, Tennessee and Iowa State. Aside from Thomas, scholarship offers were flowing into the state at a steady pace Thursday as recruiting efforts begin to pick up for the class of 2017. John Marshall defensive back Justin Broiles added offers from Houston, SMU and Colorado State, giving him seven overall and five in the last four days, with Kansas State and

  • Prep Parade: Eddie Paul watched the Super Bowl with unique sense of pride

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Watching Super Bowl MVP Von Miller terrorize the Carolina Panthers on Sunday gave Eddie Paul flashbacks — in a good way.

  • John Marshall's Justin Broiles adding offers

    scott wright | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    It’s been a busy week on the recruiting front for John Marshall defensive back Justin Broiles. The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback picked up scholarship offers from Kansas State and Nebraska this week. Tulsa and Arkansas State had previously offered the John Marshall junior. Broiles had an outstanding performance last month at the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine, with 247Sports.com selecting him as one of five defensive backs on the all-combine team. Oregon and Miami were among the programs to pay him a visit in the weeks after the combine. The 2017 recruiting class in Oklahoma looks to be particularly strong at defensive back. In addition to Broiles, Tulsa Union’s Tre Brown has piled up

  • OSSAA reports increased attendance, revenue for football playoffs

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association executive director Ed Sheakley announced to the Board of Directors on Wednesday that attendance, revenue and school reimbursement were up for the football playoffs from the 2014 season. Attendance for all rounds was 171,153, up from the 2014 total and five-year low of 148,763. As a result of the increased attendance and ticket price increase by $2, the OSSAA took in a net of $644,435.39 and reimbursed $498,344 to schools, which is more than 2014’s total of $491,463.59.

  • A little clarity on Anadarko's Division I football history

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Over the weekend I wrote how Anadarko’s Kelby Bailey became the program’s second football player to sign with a Division I school last week. You can read that here. That information came from Anadarko coach Kent Jackson, who is also an alumnus and near life-long Anadarko resident. But thanks to an email from reader Larry Jenkins, I’ve since learned of a few more Anadarko players to follow the Division I path. With a few names to go by, I found them in The Oklahoman’s archives, though there was little information. Fullback John Compton joined Oklahoma out of high school, where he played one varsity season in 1953 as a sophomore under famed coach Bud Wilkinson. Quarterback Don Kelin also

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with high school writer Scott Wright

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    We're just a couple weeks out from the first rounds of the high school basketball playoffs. Dual state wrestling is this weekend. Come talk about those events and more with high school writer Scott Wright at 11 a.m.

  • Super Bowl: Three Oklahomans worth rooting for on Sunday

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    If you're after a rooting interest, look no further than Chris Harris, Antonio Smith and Corey Nelson.

  • High school sports: College signing list

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.

  • Bob Kalsu honored in Del City for service in Vietnam

    By Christian Clark cclark@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    DEL CITY — When Jack Fried heard the news that Bob Kalsu was fighting, he wasn't surprised. The two had known each other since fifth grade. They'd grown close as members of the same Little League baseball team, which Kalsu's father, Frank, coached. They remained friends in their time at Del City High School in the early ‘60s, where Fried and Kalsu played varsity football together and penned write-ups about local games for the school's student paper, The Eagle Eye, in their spare time. Kalsu was as fearless on the field as he was kind and grounded off it.

  • Anadarko OL Kelby Bailey signs with Air Force

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Anadarko offensive lineman Kelby Bailey quietly put together his best season of his career, and it paid off Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle became the second football player in school history to sign with a Division I program when he signed a Certificate of Intent with Air Force. “I’m a very humble guy,” Bailey told the Lawton Constitution. “I’m just going to play football somewhere, and I’ve got to earn my spot when I get there. But I feel very blessed. I’d like to think this could pave the way and open doors for future football players at Anadarko. It’s hard work, of course.

  • Autographed Heisman Trophy football being raffled to benefit Dover High School

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    A Dover alumnus has donated a football signed by more than 20 Heisman Trophy winners that is being raffled off this week to aid the school’s recovery efforts following a Januaryfire. Kenny Dunigan received the football after reaching out to former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Owens following the fire. Among the 23 signatures is 2015 winner Derrick Henry of Alabama, Owens, and Oklahoma’s Billy Sims and Jason White. Signatures also include Tim Tebow, Steve Spurrier, Johnnie Rodgers, Archie Griffin, Tony Dorsett, Tim Brown, Charlie Ward, Eddie George and Ron Dayne among others. Tickets can be purchased for $5 per ticket, $25 for six or $100 for 25. Call 368-9173 or 368-6115 for more information.

  • Super Bowl 50: For Purcell's Clifford Thrift the ring is still the thing

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    PURCELL — Time flies, Clifford Thrift figures. Better enjoy it while you can. So virtually every day, Thrift slips onto his right ring finger a big piece of gold, adorned with diamonds and the unmistakable squashed “C” of the Chicago Bears. But the linebacker from the iconic 1985 Bears doesn't wear his Super Bowl ring to show off. Thrift wears his Super Bowl ring because of the pride it still instills, because of the memories it still stirs. “For me, it's just a very, very strong sense of achievement,” Thrift said. “When I look at the Super Bowl ring, it's not just the fact that we won a Super Bowl, but I got to be part of something that literally made history.

  • High school notebook: Three football coaches leave state for new jobs

    By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Two coaches are critical of Oklahoma education system.

  • Christon cousins unite at NEO

    scott wright | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Dreyvon and Jarviear Christon have long shared the goal of playing Division I football. And the cousins have also dreamed of playing on the same team. Now they’re getting ready to accomplish the second goal on the path to hopefully reaching the first. Dreyvon, a defensive back from Putnam City, and Jarviear, a receiver from Lawton MacArthur, both signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M junior college on Wednesday. “Our dream has been to play together and now we are,” Dreyvon said. “We plan to grind it out and go to a big school together from there, no matter what it takes.” The cousins plan to be roommates, and being on opposite sides of the ball, they’ll get the

  • Altus coach Jeremy Reed accepts job in Arkansas

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    ALTUS — Altus football coach and athletic director Jeremy Reed announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon to take over a program in Arkansas. Reed will be the new coach at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Ark., citing the state’s education outlook as his reasoning for leaving. “When some friends of mine told me about the position, I told them on two separate occasions I wasn’t interested because I love Altus and I love my kids, my coaches, just everything going on,” Reed said. “But as time grew on and more and more was talked about with the condition of our state education, I began to think it was more of my responsibility to worry about my 9, 5 and 6-month old than

  • College Signing List

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.

  • Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel highlights Air Force's efforts in Oklahoma

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Heritage Hall star Tevin McDaniel already has a date circled on his calendar two seasons into his college career at Air Force. Sept. 16, 2017, a game in the Big House against Michigan. “It’s not like we’re playing other teams,” McDaniel said. “These are teams that compete for national championships and we get to go play them.” McDaniel signed a Certificate of Intent with the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, pledging to join the academy that has hit Oklahoma hard this recruiting season. He was joined Wednesday by Altus star Taven Birdow, Edmond Memorial linebacker Zeke Mammen and John Marshall quarterback Lenard Leviston III.

  • National Signing Day: Why Chandler's Mason Myers chose a college coach just like his father

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    CHANDLER — Family and friends, coaches and teammates surrounded Mason Myers as he sat inside the library at Chandler High School. A smile rarely left his face. And yet, there was also sadness on Wednesday morning. On the day he signed a national letter of intent to play football at Central Oklahoma, Myers thought often about the person who wasn't there — his dad. Scott Myers, a longtime high school football coach, died in 2012 after a courageous and difficult three-year battle with cancer. "I wish he was here," Mason Myers said. "I knew he would've been sitting right there next to me." It was another in a string of bittersweet days for Myers and his family.

  • Tyler Brown puts Lexington football on the map

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Brown’s hometown gathered in Lexington High School’s commons area Wednesday to watch the boy mountain sign a football letter of intent with OSU. Lex’s first Division I scholarship in anyone’s memory.

  • Recruiting notebook: Sons of former OU linebackers Coats, Bowden joining up at Lamar

    By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Mike Coats Jr. and Jaylon Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends.