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Recruiting notebook: Oklahoma snags a pair of Norman walk-ons

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: February 4, 2014

Oklahoma was able to keep a pair of local standouts at home as preferred walk-ons.

Norman High defensive end Cade Parker said Tuesday that he will head to OU as a walk-on next fall, while one of his crosstown rivals from Norman North will do the same.

Timberwolves receiver Nick Basquine (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) also plans to join the Sooners as a preferred walk-on.

Parker, a first-team All-State selection by The Oklahoman, had received interest from several Division II and FCS schools, including UCO and Central Arkansas. This past season, he set school records for sacks in a game with five, in a season with 21 and in a career with 32.

Basquine earned first-team All-State honors from The Oklahoman after a senior season with 1,187 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.


It came down to the final days of the recruiting process, but two key players in the Mustang offense made their college decisions.

Tristan Hill, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle, has verbally committed to Georgia Southern. He received late offers from UTEP and Vanderbilt, but felt most comfortable at GSU.

And running back/receiver Frankie Edwards committed to Oklahoma Baptist on Monday. A do-everything star for the Broncos, Edwards rushed for 1,476 and 20 touchdowns, threw for 986 and nine scores, and had 316 yards and two TDs on 35 receptions.


Edmond Santa Fe's Michael Farmer recently committed to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College, improving what has already become a solid class for the school across the metro.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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