Mike'Quan Deane has already won a state championship. But the Tulsa Memorial tight end won that title in basketball. The Chargers made the Class 5A football playoffs last year but were eliminated in the first round with a 35-26 loss to Claremore.
As he readies for his senior season, Deane still has something to prove. He pulled in 20 receptions last season for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns and even ran for six more touchdowns in 24 carries. But he hasn't brought in the attention he needs to get where he wants to go.
Northern Colorado has offered Deane a scholarship, but the list stops there. Deane, who is No. 19 on The Oklahoman's class of 2014 Super 30 list, has attended camps and visited other universities but has yet to make a decision. He has another priority.
“I have to get my ACT score up,” Deane said. “That's what people have been telling me, too, ‘Just worry about school first.' So that's what I'm trying to do.”
The senior-to-be said Northern Colorado's offer did give him some extra motivation.
“When I wake up it helps me, when I work out, too,” he said. “That just gave me a confidence boost.”
To follow up on a season like Deane had last year won't be easy. For starters, he'll have a new head coach. Tony Daniels will be replaced by Ryan Reed, who was Daniels' assistant five years ago. Reed comes from Class 4A Mannford, where he led the Pirates to a 3-7 season in 2012.
Deane was one of the first people Reed called after being hired.
“Coach Reed is a very good guy,” Deane said. “He's there for me. He helps me. Whatever he wants to do, I'm in.”
Reed's up-tempo style will represent another change for Deane, who also plays defensive end.
Reed said he'll go no-huddle this fall, which could make for a nonstop Friday night for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Deane. Reed said shortly after being hired that he would like to run 60-70 plays per game.
Deane said basketball season and the offseason will help get him ready for that.
“Whatever it takes,” Deane said. “We're going for a ring. I feel like we can do it.”
No. 19: Mike'Quan Deane
School: Tulsa Memorial
Position: Tight end/defensive end
Recruited by: Has an offer from Northern Colorado