Oklahoma State's commitment to special teams is unquestioned. The Cowboys never hesitate to give scholarships to special teams specialists and are expected to sign Matt Green on signing day.
Green, a kicker/punter from Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette, committed to the Pokes in early January. And special teams coach Joe DeForest was huge reason for Green's decision.
“Coach DeForest is one of the best special team coaches in the country, working with kickers,” Green said. “I talked to him quite a bit when I was on my official visit.”
Green visited Stillwater on Jan. 14 and got a better feel for what would be expected of him as a scholarship football player at OSU. DeForest's mentoring helped Dan Bailey win the Lou Groza Award and punter Quinn Sharp earn All-American honors in 2010.
“He knows more than most people how to really get a kicker to reach his potential,” Green said. “How to really get them to work hard, understand what they are doing right or wrong and to get them better.”
MCCULLY HEADED TO EAST CENTRAL
If it wasn't for the huge numbers put up by Kentrell Brothers at wide receiver, Guthrie's Devonte' McCully would be the talk of the Bluejays.
McCully had a break out senior season as coach Rafe Watkins said everything finally came together for the talented wideout.
The good times continued Wednesday as McCully verbally committed to East Central University in Ada.
McCully had 38 catches for 720 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. The combo of Brothers and McCully, who combined for more than 2,000 receiving yards, was a big reason why the Bluejays made the state semifinals. Brothers is committed to Missouri.
OSU COMMIT GLIDDEN UP FOR NATIONAL AWARD
Mustang receiver and Oklahoma State commit David Glidden has been nominated for the Old Spice Player of the Year Award.
The national award recognizes players who embody performance, leadership, courage, determination, endurance, tenacity and serve as examples to their teammates on and off the field, according to a press release.
A panel of judges will evaluate the nominations and select 50 honorees who will be featured on the Red Zone Player of the Year website and in USA Today.
Glidden, a member of The Oklahoman's All-State first team, had 65 receptions for 1,244 yards and 17 touchdowns, along with four touchdowns on kickoff returns and four more on interception returns. He was also named Oklahoma's Gatorade Player of the Year.
QB THOMPSON GOING BACK TO SOUTHMOORE
Kendal Thompson has already graduated Southmoore High School, enrolled at Oklahoma and is working out with the Sooners+. But on Signing Day, the dual-threat quarterback will go back to Southmoore in the morning for a signing day ceremony.
Thompson will be one of three Southmoore football players who will be honored at the ceremony along with Tylor Whitfied (East Central) and Austin Brooks (Wheaton). Hartley Tyler will be signing her letter of intent to play softball at Mid-America.