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Scott Wright: Broken Arrow may have the best D-1 talent in the state

by Scott Wright Published: August 21, 2013

High school writer Scott Wright took questions from readers this afternoon, with plenty of interesting football talk. Here's a transcript.

Scott Wright 10:57 a.m. Just a couple more minutes and I'll start answering questions, so go ahead and send them in. We have a few good ones already in the bank.
Guest 11:01 a.m. Who is the best challenge in 6A to the top two this season? I think it's Broken Arrow, but who else beyond that?
Scott Wright 11:03 a.m. I agree BA is the No. 1 challenger, and probably has more D-I prospects than anyone in the state. They have four guys already committed to D-I programs and will probably add at least a couple more. After that, I like Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North, the two OKC-area powers with blue-chip quarterbacks. And don't sleep on Lawton. They've got a ton of size in the trenches and speed at the skill positions, along with a talented quarterback who is a fringe D-I player.
Guest 11:03 a.m. Who's the best OKC metro team this season?
Scott Wright 11:04 a.m. Santa Fe and Norman North are the top of the list right now. I'd rank Santa Fe slightly ahead right now, based primarily on experience. This will be David Cornwell's first season at Norman North, while Justice Hansen is a third-year starter at ESF. And Norman North has a lot of talent to replace at linebacker, which became the heart and soul of that team down the stretch last season.
Brett 11:05 a.m. what do you think of heritage hall's team?
Scott Wright 11:07 a.m. Scary. If they can find a couple guys with some decent size to fill out the last couple spots on the offensive line, they'll be right back to contending for a state title in Class 3A. At the skill positions, they're as good or better than anyone in the class. Connor McGinnis is going to be a big-time quarterback. Only a junior this season, but gained a lot of experience last year as a starter. They might not be back to Sterling Shepard/Barry J. Sanders level, but the Chargers will be good.
Bear 11:07 a.m. Who is next year's Deondre Clark, the can't miss defensive prospect coming up?
Scott Wright 11:09 a.m. There are a few, though the state's class of offensive linemen next year looks to be really impressive. On defense, right now I'd have to go with Marquise Overton from Jenks, a big, strong, athletic defensive tackle. He's already got about a half-dozen offers, a couple from BCS conferences, Baylor, Illinois, Oregon State. So keep an eye on him.
Bear 11:09 a.m. Besides Hansen/Cornwell, who's the best QB prospect in the state?
Scott Wright 11:12 a.m. Coleman Key at Broken Arrow, who is committed to Colorado State is next on the list, another tall guy with a good arm. Jacob Lewis at McGuinness has offers from some military academies and Ivy League schools as a dual-threat QB. Great leader and a smart kid, obviously. I think Stevie Thompson at Carl Albert will get more looks as the season goes on and he demonstrates his throwing ability a little more. And Dallas Sealey from Lawton, who I mentioned earlier, is another solid player.
Brett 11:12 a.m. why did alonzo trier leave the state
Scott Wright 11:15 a.m. Excellent question, Brett. Allonzo didn't talk much about why he left. I know last year was a tough season for him at Tulsa NOAH, because he put a lot of pressure on himself to carry the team, and it didn't always work out. I guess he saw a better opportunity in Maryland. With HS-age kids, you never know who is in their ear giving them advice... and whether or not it's good advice.
NateTheGreat 11:15 a.m. Are there any uncommitted state prospects who may commit to OU or OSU late?
Scott Wright 11:18 a.m. Both schools appear to still be in the hunt for Jenks DB Steven Parker, who is No. 1 on our Super 30. But Parker is keeping his list quiet, and likely will take all five of his official visits, which will include possibly some SEC and Big Ten schools. There are some other guys who might be on the fringe for OU or OSU. Somebody like John Cole Neph at Owasso, a 6-4 receiver, or Southmoore WR Jalen Adams, who has elite speed. Guys like that could be on the radar and grab a late offer. And don't forget about Kai Callins at Guthrie. Had he not torn his ACL last year, we'd probably be talking about him as a top-15 prospect in the state right now.
NewsOkReader1 11:19 a.m. Did you steal all your football preview information from Vype?
Scott Wright 11:20 a.m. Our statewide, class-by-class preview with all-state teams, rankings, etc., publishes in Sunday's paper. Check it out and judge for yourself. I feel pretty pleased with the product we put together... on our own.
Will 11:20 a.m. Whose are the contenders to win the 6a division II title this year?
Scott Wright 11:20 a.m. Division II doesn't begin play until next year, the 2014 season. But when we get there, I think Lawton, Midwest City, Tulsa Washington and Stillwater will be among the top contenders. But a lot will change between now and then.
Andrew 11:21 a.m. 6A-4 coaches picked Norman 2nd in the district. How surprising is that considering how much they lost and how much other teams in the district return?
Scott Wright 11:23 a.m. I have Norman in my preseason top 15, but I have three 6A-4 teams ranked ahead of them -- Santa Fe, Lawton and Southmoore, in that order. Maybe the coaches saw something over the summer that they liked about the Tigers. Coach Greg Nation has a lot of rushing yards to replace with his top three guys graduated.
Jerry 11:23 a.m. Is David Cornwell better college prospect than Justice Hansen. If so, why did OU/OSU not get him, other than a lot of mail from Alabama fans. If that is the deciding thing, how do we get to mail our prospects for our college and is it legal?
Scott Wright 11:26 a.m. You'd have to talk to OU or OSU compliance people about the mailing thing. I don't claim to fully understand NCAA recruiting guidelines. Cornwell is a slightly better college prospect in my eyes. I think the lure of a program like Alabama with its national prominence meant a lot to Cornwell. And he really got along well with Nick Saban. Also, I think OU liked Hansen a little better, because he more ideally fits with the type of offense they're trying to run now, with a more mobile QB. Cornwell can run, but ultimately, he's going to be a pocket passer. Hansen knows how to run effectively, even though his strength is still throwing the ball.
Guest 11:27 a.m. Who do you have (Score) in the biggest rivalry game in the state this year? Norman High Norman North
Scott Wright 11:29 a.m. I haven't settled on a score prediction yet. I think Norman will find a way to put up some points, despite a mostly new backfield. Norman North's defense will be inexperienced as well. Jakcob Dean is a very talented athlete moving from WR to QB for Norman. But I'll pick Norman North in a close one, probably something in the 35-31 range.
Ace 11:29 a.m. what about District 1-$a, with Woodward, Clinton, Weatherford and Anadarko? Could a team from that district win state
Scott Wright 11:32 a.m. Absolutely. I have three of those teams in my preseason top 10 -- read Sunday to find out which three -- and obviously, Clinton and Anadarko are returning great running backs who led them both to the state finals last year. Clinton will be my preseason No. 1, and the early favorite to win 4A. And don't ignore Piedmont in that district. I've heard good reports from their camp, so they could challenge for that fourth playoff spot.
Scott Wright 11:32 a.m. OK, one more question and we'll have to shut it down. Thanks to everyone who sent questions in today.
guest 11:33 a.m. what do you think about the young quaterback at Douglass?
Scott Wright 11:34 a.m. Strictly based on the eye test, I imagine that's a lot what Vince Young looked like as a sophomore in high school. McKaufman has to be close to 6-6 now, long and lanky. I want to see him take the next step in the passing game, but I think he's going to be a good one. Douglass has produced a lot of good running backs over the years, but I don't know that i can recall them having a QB that looked like this youngster.
Scott Wright 11:35 a.m. Again, thanks to everyone who asked questions, and we'll do this again sometime soon.
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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