1: D.J. Ward has college football in his blood

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Defensive end grew up in a big Ohio State family. But on the eve of his transfer to Douglass High for his senior year, Ward is ready to become a Sooner.

2: East Central's Taylor takes care of business on and off the field

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East Central football player Stanvon Taylor poses for a portrait Feb. 7, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Tulsa East Central's Stanvon Taylor, who committed to OU in May, is a dream to coach, according to Bobby Klinck. Taylor says he's learned from seeing the mistakes of other talented players who didn't make it to the Division I level.

3: Vian's Rob Boyd is the big 'Cheese'

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Vian's Rob Boyd

Boyd, with the nickname ‘Cheese,' has turned into a dominant presence at 6-foot-4, 305 pounds.

5: OU commit Dalton Rodriguez living the dream at Tulsa Union

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Dalton Rodriguez, Tulsa Union High School player and University of Oklahoma college football commitment

Dalton Rodriguez grew up wanting to play football for Tulsa Union. The Redskins have won titles in his first three years of high school, and Rodriguez committed to OU in May.

7: Lawton's Maurice Chandler has knack for interceptions

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Edmond North's Garrett Molinsky dives to make a catch as Lawton's Maurice Chandler closes in during the Edmond North - Lawton football game Friday night, October 21, 2011, at Wantland Stadium in Edmond. PHOTO BY HUGH SCOTT, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD

Maurice Chandler is one of the highest-touted recruits in the state, with offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Kansas State, Oregon State and Texas Tech.

9: Lawton MacArthur's Darius Graham known for optimism, work ethic

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Lawton MacArthur's Darius Graham (26)  runs past Brian Carr (2) of Ardmore on the way to a touchdown during a high school football playoff Class 5A semifinal game between Lawton MacArthur and Ardmore in Yukon., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Lawton MacArthur's Darius Graham still thinks about the Highlanders' 2011 season, when they came short in the state title game against Guthrie. But he believes his team has a shot again this year.

11: Trip to OU camp got Jenks receiver Jordan Smallwood the offer he'd been waiting for

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Jenks receiver Jordan Smallwood is twisted to the ground by Union safety Chase Dahlquist at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Sept. 9, 2011. JEFF LAUTENBERGER/Tulsa World

Six weeks ago, Jenks receiver Jordan Smallwood had no idea what direction his recruiting would take him. That changed after getting an offer from the Sooners after he attended their camp.

13: Sallisaw's Ben Oberste building his own legacy

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Sallisaw's Ben Oberste. PHOTO PROVIDED BY SEQUOYAH COUNTY TIMES

Ben Oberste grew up admiring his older brother Matt, but now he is making his own path at quarterback.

15: Edmond North's Heath Newland has the scars to move him

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Edmond North offensive lineman Heath Newland is still waiting for his first scholarship offer. Photo By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Edmond North center Heath Newland hopes to make a return trip to the U.S. Army All-American event, this time as a bowl participant.

17: Corey Lawrence's athleticism impresses coach

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Del City's Corey Lawrence (3) is dragged down on the opening series by Ayo Oyesanya (65) as the Norman High School Tigers play the Del City Eagles on Thursday, September 15, 2011, in Norman, Okla.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Del City's Corey Lawrence has offers from a ranged of schools, including Kansas State, Indiana and North Texas. The question is where he will play in college.

19: Basketball pays off for Broken Arrow's Frankie Davis

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Frankie Davis

Schools like Memphis, Arkansas State and Tulsa have extended offers the defensive end.

21: Jenks' Trey'Vonne Barr'e makes up for size with toughness

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Jenks running back Trey'Vonne Barr'e breaks away for a 17-yard touchdown during the Edmond Santa Fe - Jenks game at UCO's Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Friday, November 18, 2011. PHOTO BY HUGH SCOTT, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

Jenks running back Trey'Vonne Barr'e is just 5-foot-9, but he's worked to add weight. And, as he waits on his first college offer, he's in summer school working on his GPA.

23: Broken Arrow's Cameron Wrenn has to take advantage of his opportunities

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Cameron Wrenn Broken Arrow RB

As part of a potent two-back package, running back Cameron Wrenn accounted for 1,129 yards and 19 TDs as a junior.

25: Tulsa Washington's James Caligone working on mental part of his game

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James Caligone Tulsa Washington  standout

Tulsa Washington senior James Caligone has explosive quickness, sure hands and dynamic playmaking ability, an ideal set of tools for a cornerback.

27: Mustang's Cory Irwins has chance to be breakout recruit

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Mustang linebacker Cory Irwins is shooting up the recruiting boards after posting strong camps. Photo provided.

Linebacker Cory Irwins is beginning to impress coaches at camps, causing a boost in recruiting.

29: Discipline, determination pay off for Tulsa Union's Chris Hall

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CLASS 6A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME / TULSA UNION: Union receiver Chris Hall (86) catches a touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter during the 6A State Championship game between Jenks and Union at OSU on December 3, 2010.  JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World

The boy who used to cry when his youth league games were over has grown into a top player who's committed to the University of Tulsa.

4: Sequoyah-Tahlequah's Brayden Scott hoping to live up to Digital Brayden Scott's standards

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Quarterback Brayden Scott, taken in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19, 2012, Scott is rated one of the top quarterbacks in Oklahoma, if not the nation and has offers from a wide range of schools for his passing abilities. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World

Quarterback Brayden Scott, who has committed to Memphis, has tested out his future in ‘Dynasty' mode of video games. His digital counterpart has quarterbacked plenty of top teams and won a few Heismans. Soon, it will be Scott's turn to try his hand at college football.

6: Khari Harding enjoys chance to play for his country

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Khari Harding poses for a photo with his silver metal and Team USA jersey at Wantland Stadium at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla., Monday, July 16, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

Edmond Santa Fe defensive back was one of just two Oklahomans to play in International Federation of American Football U-19 World Championship.

8: McAlester has a predator in linebacker Devin Rolan

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CLASS 5A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: McAlester's Adam Boyd tackles Guthrie quarterback Bryan Dutton as Devin Rolan chases in the 2nd half of their 5A semifinal game at Sapulpa, OK, Nov. 26, 2011. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1111261921322138

Linebacker racked up 113 tackles a year ago.

10: Tulsa East Central's Kimmie Carson continuing to grow into linebacker position

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East Central football player Kimmie Carson poses for a photo at East Central High School in Tulsa on Friday, May 27, 2011. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

Kimmie Carson first played the linebacker position in the 2010 playoffs. Nearly two years later, he's widely considered the top linebacker in the state, and coach Bobby Klinck still calls him ‘a raw talent.'

12: Dominique Alexander takes one for the team

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Booker T. Washington quarterback Dominique Alexander (11) dodges a sack attempt by East Central's Kimmee Carson (7) at S.E. Williams Stadium, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World

Tulsa Washington standout will play defensive end this season, despite the fact he has committed to Arkansas as a safety.

14: Midwest City's Carlos Freeman loves challenge of the offensive line

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MUG: Midwest City's Carlos Romaine Freeman poses for a photo during winter high school sports photo day at OPUBCO in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Freeman, who has offers from Utah State and Dartmouth so far, looking to improve after knee surgery.

16: Broken Arrow's Cre Moore a rare commodity

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Cre Moore

Big, fast cornerback has 10 college offers so far.

18: East Central's Devanta Johnson stuck on sidelines for now

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Tulsa Central No.5 Devanta Johnson, left, falls back as Coweta No.22 Hunter Raspberry, center, catches the ball to score a touchdown during the high school football game at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 28,2011. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World

After transferring from Tulsa Central in January, Devanta Johnson can't participate in team activities until an OSSAA issue is resolved. In the meantime, he's making the rounds at camps and trying to learn as much as he can.

20: Tulsa Union's Blake Mejia always wanted to push others around

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Mejia, 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, is a big weapon for Tulsa Union, especially in the run game.

22: Wagoner's Kerwin Thomas working hard, waiting on first offer

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Wagoner football player Kerwin Thomas. PHOTO PROVIDED

Kerwin Thomas learned to be patient after watching the recruitment of teammate Kevin Peterson last year. He's been working to add weight in the offseason.

24: Norman North's Jordan Evans getting attention at new position

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Norman North football player Jordan Evans. Photo provided

He'd been playing cornerback for years, but Jordan Evans' shift to linebacker has paid off.

26: Altus' Diquon Woodhouse is healthy again

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Diquon Woodhouse

After missing his junior season with a torn ACL, Woodhouse hopes to have a strong senior season and pick up more scholarship offers.

28: Carl Albert's Caleb Holland draws attention after turning focus to football

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Carl Albert's Caleb Holland with OSU's Daytawion Lowe, a former Carl Albert standout. PHOTO PROVIDED

Caleb Holland had been playing basketball, baseball and football before coach Gary Rose told him he thought he had a chance to play football in college.

30: Trevan Smith making his own mark on Edmond Santa Fe program

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Carolina Panthers DB and former OU player Reggie Smith, left,  poses with his brother Trevan in the OPUBCO studios, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman  SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS

The Carolina Panthers' Reggie Smith remains one of the faces of the Edmond Santa Fe football program. But his brother Trevan Smith is making his own path as a receiver/cornerback for the Wolves already earning a scholarship offer from South Dakota.

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