• Super 30: Mustang's Chandler Garrett found a peaceful end to wild recruiting process

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Programs from all parts of the country were calling. Air Force and Wyoming. Kentucky and West Virginia. Notre Dame, Northwestern, Kansas State and Missouri.

  • Super 30: Lawton Eisenhower's Rico Bussey is heart of rebuild

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Bussey did what was expected last season, accounting for 1,200 yards despite Lawton Eisenhower turning to the Wildcat formation for four games when quarterback Bentley Bross was injured.

  • The Oklahoman's Super 30

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Sunday with No. 22 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about:   27. Tiller Bucktrot, OL, Stroud, 6-6, 350 26. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-1, 220 25. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 24. Alex Criddle, OL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 23.

  • Super 30: Heritage Hall's Luther Harris trimming weight in effort to further career

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Harris was up to almost 390 pounds following offseason surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. As a freshman, he was playing both offensive tackle and defensive tackle at 330 pounds.

  • The Oklahoman's Super 30

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Saturday with No. 23 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about:   28. Drew Dan, WR, Checotah, 6-2, 180 27. Tiller Bucktrot, OL, Stroud, 6-6, 350 26. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-1, 220 25. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 24.

  • Super 30: How Lawton MacArthur's T.J. Fiailoa went from hotel floor to big recruit

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LAWTON — T.J. Fiailoa felt trapped in a hotel room. It was small with only two beds for the five-member family. Fiailoa was a sophomore and already too big for that tiny space at 6 foot 3 and 300 pounds. So, he started finding ways to pass the time. Pushups. Situps. Then he picked up the hotel television and started bench pressing it. Then he picked up his youngest sister, Sauaso, and benched her. Before long, he was squatting his brother, Chris, and sister, Lama. “You ain’t got nothing else,” Fiailoa said. "They liked it, too, so it was pretty fun to them.

  • The Oklahoman's Super 30

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Friday with No. 24 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about:   29. Dreyvon Christon, DB, Putnam City, 5-11, 185 28. Drew Dan, WR, Checotah, 6-2, 180 27. Tiller Bucktrot, OL, Stroud, 6-6, 350 26. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-1, 220 25. T.J.

  • Super 30: Sapulpa’s Dae Williams has something to prove

    By Nathan Ruiz Staff Writer nruiz@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Last season, Williams, who also plays safety, rushed for 1,064 yards and 11 touchdowns.

  • 14-year-old football phenom turns heads

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Owen Pappoe, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound menace of an outside linebacker, earned the nickname "The Freak" by terrorizing middle school quarterbacks and running backs the previous two years, Yahoo Sports reports. The 14-year-old's strength and speed were so jaw-dropping for his age that he converted Washington into a believer in just one practice. 

  • Super 30: Intangibles set Stroud's Tiller Bucktrot apart

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    STROUD — Tiller Bucktrot has a Division I body and the athletic ability to go with it. The 6-foot-6, 350-pound offensive lineman from Stroud looks the part of a college football player. But it’s his intangible qualities that set him apart as a player and a team member, says Stroud coach Chris Elerick. “He’s anything but lazy,” the coach said. “He plays hard, works hard. He’s a max effort guy. “Playing for us, he’s probably at a disadvantage, because he never gets a break. He’s out there on offense and defense.” Someone recently mentioned to Elerick that it looked like Bucktrot got tired late in games. “Yeah, he does,” Elerick responded. “He’s 6-6, 350 and he’s out there

  • Super 30: Drew Dan can do it all for Checotah

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Last season at Checotah, Dan had 1,100 receiving yards, averaging 23 yards per catch, and scored 13 touchdowns. And he played parts of four games at quarterback for the Wildcats, becoming an emergency starter after two other quarterbacks were injured.

  • Super 30: Putnam City's Dreyvon Christon relishes opportunity to play against big schools

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    WARR ACRES — Putnam City is the smallest team in Class 6A Division I. The Pirates would have contended for a playoff spot in Division II last year, and the same could be said for the upcoming season. But playing in the biggest division in the state does offer some perks, though it doesn't always show in the win column. “Some of our guys talk about how they wish we were Division II, but I like being in Division I,” said Putnam City defensive back Dreyvon Christon, who is No. 29 on the summer edition of The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class. “We go against the best guys in the state, and I like that. Last year, we played Westmoore and I was covering (Oklahoma signee) Dahu Green.

  • Super 30: Edmond Santa Fe's Darran Williams lacks offers, but not motivation

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Williams kicks off The Oklahoman’s Super 30 series on the state’s top college recruits for the 2016 season at No. 30. He’s not one of nearly 50 players to hold a Division I scholarship, but his talent says at least one is coming at some point.

  • State's football recruiting class growing at unprecedented rate

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Offers are flowing in like the state has never seen, and several more players could still land a D-I opportunity.

  • Football recruiting: Who has offers?

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas,

  • OU, OSU just the start for John Marshall's Tramonda Moore

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Intent followers of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football recruiting probably know the name of John Marshall lineman Tramonda Moore now. But 10 days ago, the 6-foot-6, 350-pound Moore was barely a blip on the recruiting radar from the fans’ perspective. Grambling State and Montana were the most exciting of‌fers on Moore’s list. Yet in a year that has seen numerous players make a quick rise from apparent anonymity to major-college prospect, Moore is another reminder that colleges will find talent. Moore’s first big of‌fer came on June 14. Following a strong performance at OSU’s camp, coach Mike Gundy called Moore into his of‌fice and extended the of‌fer. OU came in with its of‌fer four days later.

  • High school coaching legend Jerry Potter dies at 89

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Potter, the father of the Putnam City football dynasty of the 1970s, died Friday night, five weeks and one day shy of his 90th birthday. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Church of the Servant at 14343 North MacArthur Boulevard in Oklahoma City.

  • High school notebook: Carl Albert's Corey Zangari signs with White Sox

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The Chicago White Sox agreed to terms on a contract with former Carl Albert catcher Corey Zangari last week, and it appears they paid more than his slot value. Zangari was awarded a $510,000 signing bonus, which is well above the slot value for pick No. 172, according to MLB.com. The normal value for that pick in the sixth round is $284,800.  Zangari was named The Oklahoman's All-State and Big All-City Player of the Year over the weekend after he hit 19 home runs and drove in 64 runs to lead Carl Albert to a Class 5A state runner-up finish after winning three straight titles.

  • The Oklahoman's top scholar-athletes will be honored Tuesday

    BY JENNI CARLSON   | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Jaci Smith and Justin Wu strive to be the best in everything they do. And throughout their high school athletic careers, they were. Smith, a three-sport standout at Edmond North, and Wu, a swimming star at Norman North, were also top notch in the classroom. All of that combined to earn them the Bob Colon Scholarships presented by The Oklahoman and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to the top male and female high school scholar-athletes in the Oklahoma City area. Smith and Wu will be honored along with six runners-up during the All Sports Award Luncheon on Tuesday at the hall of fame.

  • High school notebook: Oklahoma State offers John Marshall's Tramonda Moore

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Tramonda Moore has been a little-known name on the recruiting scene up to this point. But that’s probably the last time you’ll see Moore’s name and “little” in the same sentence. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman from John Marshall got his first big scholarship offer on Sunday night, and there are likely more to come. Oklahoma State offered Moore, who will be a senior in the fall. He previously had offers from Grambling State and Kilgore College.   WASHINGTON PICKS SCHOLZ AS BASKETBALL COACH Deer Creek assistant T.J. Scholz has been hired as the head boys basketball coach at Washington, a move that became official on Monday. Scholz, who last served as a head coach at Enid,




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