The Redskins won four straight Class 6A football titles before being knocked out in last year's semifinals by archrival Jenks. Tulsa Union also failed to repeat as Class 6A boys basketball state champions, losing in the quarterfinals to Putnam City.
“It's really important,” Meier said. “All I think about is winning state — not only in football, but also in basketball. I'd like to go out of here with rings.
“I know our whole team is focusing on it. We know Jenks, Broken Arrow and Owasso will all be tough. We've gotta train harder than they do.”
Lots of elite high-school athletes choose to focus on one sport — especially once they've decided the direction they'll go at the next level.
Some coaches strongly encourage such dedication to one sport, but Fridrich said that's never been his style.
“It's fun to watch them play basketball,” Fridrich said. “Here at Union, I've always said that if you can compete and have a chance to help a team win a championship, we want you to go do that.
“That's kind of rare sometimes these days, the way kids specialize and go into one sport. In some cases, maybe they need to. But with these guys, they're able to be on top of their game in both sports. I think they should do those things.”
Players who have committed to OU
Player; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; Hometown (School)
Alex Dalton; OL; 6-4; 280; Troy, Ohio (Troy)
Brandon Glenn; DL; 6-3; 274; Irving, Texas (Ranchview)
Marcus Green; DB; 6-1; 176; Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill)
Justice Hansen; QB; 6-3; 200; Edmond (Edmond Santa Fe)
Vontre McQuinnie; DB; 6-1; 204; Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster)
Jeffery Mead; WR; 6-6; 179; Tulsa (Union)
Carson Meier; TE; 6-7; 220; Tulsa (Union)
Samaje Perine; RB; 6-0; 213; Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson)
Dallis Todd; WR; 6-5; 205; La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada)
Tito Windham; DB; 5-11; 181; Gulfport, Miss. (Harrison Central)