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Tulsa football recruiting: How Blake Belcher's move to Guthrie led back to Tulsa

BLAKE BELCHER — Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins says the University of Tulsa is getting a big offensive tackle who isn't finished growing, as a football player or young man.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 1, 2012
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GUTHRIE — Most promising football players move into the Tulsa Union school district. Blake Belcher moved out, and it paid off well for the big offensive tackle.

So well that Belcher now will play for University of Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship, who built the Union dynasty in Class 6A.

Belcher, Guthrie's 6-foot-51/2, 285-pound offensive tackle, signed a letter of intent with TU on Wednesday.

“There is not a finer man than Coach Blankenship,” said Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins. “I idolized Coach Blankenship growing up.”

Blankenship was a draw for Belcher, who moved to Guthrie the summer before his ninth-grade season and grew into a dominant football player.

“Coach Blankenship's a real good guy,” Belcher said. “He sees it as being more than a football coach. And the academics is pretty elite there. The football team's good as well.”

Blankenship coached Union to three Class 6A state titles, the last in 2005. He then resigned to pursue a college coaching career.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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