State's top high school football player transferring to Douglass

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL — D.J. Ward, the top football recruit in the state, is leaving Lawton and will play at Douglass this season.
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: July 11, 2012
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Trojans junior Deondre Clark already has offers that include Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU and Tennessee.

Douglass was 8-3 last year, losing to Woodward in the first round of the playoffs.

Ward was an Oklahoman All-Stater as a junior, the lone underclassman on the first team.

He committed to the Sooners in April after visiting Norman, becoming the fourth overall commitment and first in-state commitment for Oklahoma.

Since, Ward has been joined by three other in-state players in committing to the Sooners.

Ward chose OU over a group of offers that included Auburn, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Tulsa.

He has been No. 1 on each update of The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top recruits for the 2013 class.

Ward is No. 90 nationally on the latest ESPN 150 and No. 121 overall on the latest Rivals250. He is the highest ranked in-state player on both lists.