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High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Feb 5, 2016
PURCELL — Time flies, Clifford Thrift figures. Better enjoy it while you can. So virtually every day, Thrift slips onto his right ring finger a big piece of gold, adorned with diamonds and the unmistakable squashed “C” of the Chicago Bears. But the linebacker from the iconic 1985 Bears doesn't wear his Super Bowl ring to show off. Thrift wears his Super Bowl ring because of the pride it still...
Super Bowl 50: For Purcell's Clifford Thrift the ring is still the thing
By Berry Tramel Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 5, 2016PURCELL — Time flies, Clifford Thrift figures. Better enjoy it while you can. So virtually every day, Thrift slips onto his right ring finger a big piece of gold, adorned with diamonds and the unmistakable squashed “C” of the Chicago Bears. But the linebacker from the iconic 1985 Bears doesn’t wear his Super Bowl ring to show off. Thrift wears his Super Bowl ring because of the pride it still instills, because of the memories it still stirs. “For me, it’s just a very, very strong sense of achievement,” Thrift said. “When I look at the Super Bowl ring, it’s not just the fact that we won a Super Bowl, but I got to be part of something that literally made history. “It’s not just about that achievement, but all the little achievements getting to that point. That’s really why I cherish it so much and wear it all the time. Not a reminder just that we won that game, but all the little victories.” Super Bowl 50 arrives Sunday, and a new group of NFL players, either Panthers or Broncos, will get a treasured ring. The Oklahomans who went from the Friday night lights of Oklahoma to Super Bowl rings view their prize in many different ways. Jon Kolb gave his four Super Bowl rings to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, even though he hasn’t lived in his native state in almost 50 years. R.W. McQuarters keeps his Super Bowl ring locked away. Randy Hughes’ ring disappeared years ago, and he has yet to replace it. Billy Bajema wears his on special occasions. “It reminds me of that season, reminds me of that game,” said Bajema, who went from Westmoore to OSU to the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, who beat the 49ers in Super Bowl 47. “Also a symbol of getting a chance to fulfill all the dreams I had as a kid. Symbol of the hard work and the blessings that went into having an opportunity to enjoy it.” That’s how Thrift feels, except he enjoys the feeling every day. Last week, some of those old memories sprang back to life as he presented to Purcell High School a Super Bowl gold ball, part of the NFL’s campaign to honor the alma maters of its champions. Thrift spoke at an assembly in the Purcell gym and laughed and told stories with old friends who returned to remember the halcyon days, when Thrift and the late Joe McReynolds led the Dragons to the 1972 Class A state championship. “I didn’t know he was going to be a pro, but you didn’t want to get hit by Clifford,” said Kevin Wilson, who graduated two years behind Thrift. The stories flowed. Of then-Purcell coach Bob Holliday visiting Thrift’s home, to convince Thrift’s father to let his son play football. “When the coach convinced him that my chores would get done, he agreed to let me play,” Thrift said. “And boy, am I glad he did.” Of Thrift suffering a neck injury against Wynnewood on a Friday night, then getting his little brother, David, to help cut a cast off Clifford’s neck so he could practice the next Monday. Of Thrift quitting East Central University his first year and going to work in the Anadarko oil fields, only to return to Ada, begging coach Pat O’Neal for another chance. Of being cut by the Chargers after six seasons in San Diego, only to catch on with the ’85 Bears, perhaps the most iconic team in NFL history. Of growing up in a place where community spirit was strong. So strong that people 40 years removed from Purcell High School returned last week to join others in spending time with their old classmate. “The work ethic I was creating at that time to try to be successful, through all those stages of life, all of those stages of competition,” Thrift said, “that one day you’d wind up at the pinnacle of the NFL.” Thrift wore his ring at the Purcell ceremony last week, nice and shiny new. Norman jeweler Newt Mitchell had just cleaned it and replaced a missing diamond for Thrift’s January trip to Chicago for the 30-year reunion of that great Chicago team. “Life has gone by so quickly,” the 59-year-old Thrift said, “I’m thinking, you know, I’m not going to be around that long in the big picture. Might as well wear it and enjoy it.” Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Barry Odom has filled a sudden vacancy at quarterback and Missouri's new coach said on-campus turmoil was no factor in assembling his first recruiting class.The Tigers had an opening behind freshman Drew Lock when Maty Mauk was dismissed in late January. They filled it on Wednesday by signing Micah Wilson, a promising quarterback from Tulsa, Oklahoma."We addressed some...
Missouri's Odom adds 2 RBs in first recruiting class
By R.B. FALLSTROM, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Barry Odom has filled a sudden vacancy at quarterback and Missouri's new coach said on-campus turmoil was no factor in assembling his first recruiting class. The Tigers had an opening behind freshman Drew Lock when Maty Mauk was dismissed in late January. They filled it on Wednesday by signing Micah Wilson, a promising quarterback from Tulsa, Oklahoma. "We addressed some immediate needs that we have to address," Odom said Wednesday. "(Quarterback) jumped up to the most important thing we did." Odom said he had "absolutely" no regrets about restoring Mauk to the roster in late December but said "unfortunately, he wasn't able" to live up to standards set at the meeting with the coach. Mauk was kicked off the team two days after a video was posted on Twitter showing a person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance. The tweet mentioned Mauk by name. Mauk had other missteps and was dismissed despite going 17-5 as the starter. Missouri's offense was among the worst in the nation with and without him last year, scoring in single digits five times in the final seven games with Lock starting. "I wish him all the best," Odom said. "I want him to graduate from the University of Missouri. He's going to have that opportunity." Another quarterback, backup Eddie Printz, decided to transfer. Wilson is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds and switched commitments from Boise State. He was a first-team all-stater by four major Oklahoma newspapers. Odom and assistants said they didn't lose any recruits wary of Missouri after campus protests in November that included a brief strike by football players who had threatened a game at BYU. The school backed the players. "Columbia is not any different than anywhere else," Odom said. "I'm about dealing in truth and really painted the picture for what this place is. The quote unquote issues that were on our campus, that's something that's not different from our society as a whole." Odom addressed two other areas of need with his first recruiting class, added a pair of highly touted running backs and two experienced wide receivers. One of the running backs, Damarea Crockett, of Little Rock, Arkansas, who went to Little Rock Christian, is a four-star recruit. The other, Nate Strong, was a four-star recruit coming out of East St. Louis, Illinois, High School and played last year for Hinds Community College. Wide receiver Chris Black is a graduate transfer from Alabama who can play right away and Dominic Collins is from Saddleback Community College. J'Mon Moore was the top wide receiver last year with 29 receptions and Nate Brown had 27. Ish Witter, who will be a junior, had a team-leading 518 yards rushing and a 4.1-yard average with one touchdown. Senior Russell Hansbrough battled injuries and had 436 yards and one touchdown. Other things to know: Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Tre Williams, DL, Columbia, Missouri, Rock Bridge. Four recruits are among the St. Louis Post-Dispatch top 30 list — TE Brendan Scales, P-K Tucker McCann, OL Tre'Vour Simms and RB Jerod Alton. Best of the rest: Christian Holmes, CB, Atlanta, Georgia., McNair High Late addition: Scales changed commitment from Alabama. One that got away: None. How they'll fit in: Odom was under the gun to produce after replacing Pinkel in early December. It's not a wow class but it should help the school regain its footing in the SEC. ___ For the full list: http://www.mutigers.com/ ___ This story has been corrected to show that Damarea Crockett, of Little Rock, Arkansas, went to Little Rock Christian, not East St. Louis, Illinois, High School.
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
College Signing List
From Staff Reports | Feb 3, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jay Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Sylvester Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Wyoming) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Ivanna Riva, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Jordan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kori Laci, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (ECU) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the athlete's name, sport, high school and college to Scott Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA was pushed around in losses to rival Southern California to end the regular season and Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl. Coach Jim Mora believes the Bruins started the process of pushing back by adding a 29-man recruiting class Wednesday with an emphasis on physicality.In a class regarded as Top 10 by Scout and Rivals, UCLA signed three offensive linemen, six defensive...
UCLA gets tougher, bounces back with elite recruiting class
By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA was pushed around in losses to rival Southern California to end the regular season and Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl. Coach Jim Mora believes the Bruins started the process of pushing back by adding a 29-man recruiting class Wednesday with an emphasis on physicality. In a class regarded as Top 10 by Scout and Rivals, UCLA signed three offensive linemen, six defensive linemen and four linebackers. "When you look at the class as a whole, we filled a lot of needs, so I am excited about it," Mora said. "We added size and we added quality size." Mora once again closed strong with out-of-state prospects, bringing in players from Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Tennessee. The Bruins also finished well on signing day by adding six commitments capped by five-star linebacker Mique Juarez. Other things to know: Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Mique Juarez, LB, Torrance, California. Juarez, who was previously committed to the Trojans, could replace Myles Jack as a versatile outside linebacker capable of defending slot receivers and tight ends. Best of the rest: Brandon Burton, DB, Gardena, California. Mora finally cracked the Serra-to-USC pipeline by landing Burton, a four-star prospect who could contribute on offense or defense. Making recruiting inroads into a high school that has produced Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Adoree Jackson can help UCLA vault into college football's elite. Late addition: Boss Tagaloa, DL, Concord, California. UCLA struggled to stop the run even before standout lineman Kenny Clark declared for the NFL draft, so there will be opportunities for the 6-foot-1 300-pound Tagaloa to help shore up the middle of the Bruins defense. One that got away: Devin Asiasi, TE, Concord, California. New offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu plans to feature tight ends and fullbacks in a more physical scheme that could echo defending Pac-12 champion Stanford, but that wasn't enough to keep Tagaloa's high school teammate from signing with former Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. How they'll fit in: After losing four of the top five receivers from quarterback Josh Rosen's promising freshman season, UCLA will need immediate contributions from early enrollee Theo Howard and the other new receivers. Mora also identified tight end Jordan Wilson and the special teams battery of snapper Johnny Den Bleyker, punter Austin Kent and kicker JJ Molson among players who should see the field early. __ For the full list: http://www.uclabruins.com
Feb 3, 2016
The latest developments on college football signing day (all times EST):9:25 p.m.COMMITMENT TRACKER: The last major recruit to make a signing-day decision was linebacker Caleb Kelly from California. He picked Oklahoma over Notre Dame and Oregon and became the highest-rated player of Bob Stoops' class.The last remaining five-star player is Demetri Robertson, an athlete from Georgia who has said...
THE LATEST: Oklahoma lands last big recruit of signing day
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016The latest developments on college football signing day (all times EST): 9:25 p.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: The last major recruit to make a signing-day decision was linebacker Caleb Kelly from California. He picked Oklahoma over Notre Dame and Oregon and became the highest-rated player of Bob Stoops' class. The last remaining five-star player is Demetri Robertson, an athlete from Georgia who has said he planned to delay his choice. Robertson is considering Georgia and Notre Dame among his options. So with the final unofficial standings using the average of the various web sites that rank that classes looks like this: 1. Alabama 2. Florida State 3. LSU 4. Ohio State 5. Michigan 6. Ole Miss 7. Georgia 8. Clemson 9. USC 10. Auburn 11. Texas 12. UCLA 13. Florida 14. Notre Dame 15. Tennessee 16. Stanford 17. Baylor 18. Texas A&M 19. Michigan State 20. TCU 21. Penn State 22. Oklahoma 23. Nebraska 24. Oregon 25. Arkansas 8 p.m. THE FINAL (unofficial) STANDINGS: Recruiting ratings can move even after signing day if some highly rated players sign late. Demetris Robertson, a top-notch athlete from Savannah, Georgia, rated either a five- or four-star by the recruiting services, has said he won't sign for a few days. When he does, he could move the numbers. But using the numbers available at 5:30 p.m. and taking an average of the four most popular web sites that rank the classes (Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and ESPN) here is a "consensus" top 25. Earlier rankings mistakenly left out Michigan State. The Spartans came in at No. 18 1. Alabama 2. Florida State 3. Ohio State 4. LSU 5. Michigan 6. Mississippi 7. Georgia 8. Clemson 9. USC 10. Auburn 11. Texas 12. UCLA 13. Florida 14. Notre Dame 15. Tennessee 16. Baylor 17. Texas A&M 18. Michigan State 19. TCU 20. Penn State 21. Oklahoma 22. Stanford 23. Nebraska 24. Oregon 25. Arkansas WAITING ON KELLY: The last big-name recruit to commit on signing day will be linebacker Caleb Kelly, whose top choices are Oklahoma and Notre Dame. ____ 4:15 p.m. LES IS MORE: Remember when LSU almost fired coach Les Miles back in November? Well, it didn't hurt recruiting. LSU's highly rated class took a couple of hits on signing day, most notably losing stud linebacker Erick Fowler to Texas. LSU locked up its loaded class filled with the top talent in its state, including nine of the 10 highest rated players, and came away with a class that will rank in the top five national, according to most of the experts. __ 3:55 p.m. RANKINGS QUIP: There was some talk that Michigan State's recruiting class could end up in the top 10 this year — which would be unusually high for a program that has been hugely successful of late despite middling showings in the signing day rankings. By the time coach Mark Dantonio spoke Wednesday, the Spartans were down around the edge of the top 20 in some of the major recruiting rankings — solid, but not spectacular. "When I retire from here, I'm going to get a job in one of those places and I'm going to run my own service," Dantonio joked. ___ 3:50 p.m. BIELEMA DIALS IT BACK: Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told Sports Illustrated that Arkansas coach Bret Bielema apologized to him for a comment he made earlier in the day on ESPN that sounded as if Bielema was being crictial of the way the Rebels and Florida recruit. Bielema said: "Florida is kind of the new Ole Miss. They're doing some things recruiting that kind of shocks you a little bit." Bielema later said he meant it as a compliment to the Gators: "This past week, we were competing versus them for a lot of guys, and we hadn't seen that before." __ 3:40 p.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: De La Salle (Ca.) High School teammates Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa announced their commitments at the same ceremony. One is staying in California, the other is leaving the state. Asiasi, a tight end, picked Michigan over UCLA and USC. Tagaloa, a defensive tackle, picked UCLA. ___ 3:23 p.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: As it reaches midday on the West Coast, UCLA is poised to finish strong. The Bruins scored big with California five-star linebacker Mique Juarez, who was also considering Ole Miss and Alabama. 3:17 p.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: Not all the best players pick Alabama. Auburn landed one of the top defensive tackles in the country when Derrick Brown from Georgia picked the Tigers over the Crimson Tide and Georgia. No one will cry for the Tide, of course. A little earlier, defensive end Terrell Hall from Washington, D.C., chose the Tide over Maryland. 3:05 p.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: USC went all the way across the country to grab offensive tackle E.J. Price from Atlanta away from Auburn and Georgia. ___ 2:40 p.m. HARBAUGH ON THE ROAD: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh announced that the Wolverines will hold part of their spring practice in Florida. Always recruiting! MEANWHILE, IN COLUMBUS: While Harbaugh turned Michigan into a signing day spectacle, it was a quiet morning for Ohio State and that was just fine for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Ohio State lost out on a highly rated defensive back to Florida State, but otherwise a class that came into the signing day figuring to be one of the best in the country ended it as just that. The most notable name in the Buckeyes' latest class — Nick Bosa, the brother of Ohio State All-American Joey. Like his big brother, Nick Bosa is defensive end. ___ 2:10 p.m. BIELEMA BOMB: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is never shy about sounding off on opponents. During an interview on ESPN2 he took aim at Florida — and Mississippi. "Florida is kind of the new Ole Miss. They're doing some things recruiting that kind of shocks you a little bit." COMMITMENT TRACKER: Another blue-chipper for Alabama. Linebacker Mack Wilson picked the Crimson Tide. Not a big surprise, though when Kirby Smart left Alabama to become head coach at Georgia there was some speculation Wilson could end up in Athens with the former Tide defensive coordinator. Wilson joins buddy and fellow linebacker Ben Davis, who committed to the Tide earlier in the day. The two took their official visit together. ___ 1:40 p.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: The top junior college recruit in the country picks Tennessee. Jonathan Kongbo, a defensive end who played for Arizona Western College, chose the Volunteers over USC and Florida State. Kongbo committed to Tennessee last year, the de-committed earlier this year before ultimately signing with the Vols. ___ 1:12 p.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: Rashan Gary, the nation's No. 1 recruit, picks Michigan. The defensive tackle from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey made his announcement on ESPN. Michigan was the presumptive front-runner. His old high school coach works for the Wolverines, Michigan's star defensive back Jabrill Peppers also went to Paramus Catholic and there are several other New Jersey players heading to Michigan in this recruiting class. Clemson was in the running, as well as a few Southeastern Conference schools. ___ 12:39 COMMITMENT TRACKER: Offensive tackle Landon Dickerson picks Florida State over Alabama and Tennessee, adding to a great day for Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles. A little earlier, Florida State flipped defensive tackle Shavar Manuel, who had been expected to sign with the rival Gators. Florida State and Texas were in the running for strongest performances signing days. COMMITMENT TRACKER: After losing out to Ole Miss on highly touted receiver A.J. Brown, a Starkville native, Mississippi State got a big win on signing day by landing defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons, who was considered the top prospect in the Magnolia state. 12:11 p.m. SLEEPOVER The sleepover worked. Quinn Nordin, the nation's No. 1 kicker, signed with Michigan. Nordin, you might recall, was previously committed to Penn State but Jim Harbaugh lured him away with a sleepover. During the Wolverines' signing day extravaganza in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh said his bed at the Nordin's home was one of the most comfortable he has ever slept in. ___ NOON COMMITMENT TRACKER: Always nice to take a player from a conference rival. Running back Vavae Malepeai from Hawaii flipped from his Oregon commitment to go to Southern California. The Trojans also lured Jamel Cook, an athlete who could wind up in the secondary, away from his Florida State commitment on signing day and beat Michigan for defensive end Connor Murphy. ___ 11:45 a.m. GARY'S CHOICE Rashan Gary, the top-rated recruit in the country from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey, was scheduled to announce where he will attend school at about 1:10 p.m ET on ESPN. He was headed to Bristol, Connecticut, by limousine, from his high school. Gary will choose from Michigan, Clemson or an SEC school. ___ THE SCOTT EFFECT? Tennessee added former Miami interim head coach Larry Scott to its staff last month, and the move apparently is already paying dividends. Tennessee signed two Florida residents who previously had been committed to Miami. The two players to make the switch were athlete Tyler Byrd of Naples and wide receiver Latrell Williams of Lake City. Scott, who served as Miami's interim head coach for the final six games of the 2015 season after Al Golden was fired, is Tennessee's new tight ends coach. — Steve Megargee reporting. ___ 11:30 a.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: The scores keep on coming for Texas. Linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch picked the Longhorns over Notre Dame and Stanford. ___ 11:26 a.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: Receiver Drake Davis is heading to LSU. He picked the Tigers over Alabama. ___ 11:20 a.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: Receiver Nate Craig-Myers from Tampa, Florida, pulled out a mini-statue of Aubie, Auburn's costumed Tiger mascot, to choose Auburn over North Carolina. ___ 11:09 a.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: Receiver A.J. Brown is one of the best prospects in the state of Mississippi and he grew up in Starkville, home of Mississippi State. But he's going to Ole Miss. Brown told the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi: "I was going to stay (home), but I felt like they didn't do a good job of recruiting. I didn't feel wanted." ___ 10:50 a.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: Linebacker Dontavious Jackson from Texas is heading to Florida State. Charlie Strong and the Texas made a later push to get Jackson, but the Seminoles closed the deal on him. It's the third big signing day commitment for the 'Noles who also landed defensive end Brian Burns and cornerback Carlos Becker, who was considering Ohio State. ___ 10:45 a.m. COMMITMENT TRACKER: Deontay Anderson won the day as far as spectacular commitments go. The four-star safety released a video on Bleacher Report of him skydiving, landing and opening up his jump suit to reveal and Ole Miss T-shirt. ___ AP College Football website: collegefootball.ap.org
Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams:___ARIZONATop 25 Class: No.Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense.Best of...
Pac-12 football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams: ___ ARIZONA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense. Best of the rest: OL Michael Eletise. The 4-star recruit from Hawaii is considered one of the best guards in the country. At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Eletise should give the Wildcats some much-needed depth on the offensive line. Late addition: WR Shawn Poindexter. Arizona got a last-second flip on this one. Poindexter, of Glendale Community College, committed to Marshall on Tuesday, but changed his mind a day later and signed with the Wildcats. One that got away: QB Victor Viramontes whittled his decision down to Arizona and California, ultimately signing with the Bears on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: Arizona has had one of the Pac-12's worst defenses over the past few years and the new recruits should help provide the Wildcats with some size and depth. The Wildcats also signed receiver Devaughn Cooper and running back J.J. Taylor, adding to their cache of offensive playmakers. ___ ARIZONA STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: N'Keal Harry. Big and athletic, the 6-foot-4 200-pound Harry not only gives the Sun Devils a big-play threat, but is a local product who decided to stay in the Valley of the Sun. "I can't tell you how excited I am about this guy," coach Todd Graham said. Best of the rest: ATH Chase Lucas. Though thin for his frame — 6-foot, 170 pounds — Lucas can play safety or cornerback and could play slot receiver. He was a teammate of Harry's at Chandler High School. Late addition: none. One that got away: DB Byron Murphy. The Sun Devils made a big push to get the local product, but he signed with Washington on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: The Sun Devils have some holes to fill after a disappointing six-win season in 2015. Harry should have an immediate impact in ASU's high-octane offense and two JUCO transfers should solidify the O-line. Arizona State also took steps to shore up its pass rush and shaky secondary. ___ CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: No Best in class: WR Melquise Stoval, California Best of the rest: CB Nygel Edmonds, Tennessee Late addition: RB Zion Echols, California. One that got away: Three-star offensive guard Francisco Perez had verbally committed to Cal before switching plans and instead signing with UCLA. How they'll fit in: Because he arrived on campus in September, three-star early enrollee Max Gilliam has a slight edge on the starting quarterback job but don't make too much of it just yet. Three-star signee Victor Viramontes is a 240-pound athlete who has a strong arm and is a capable runner, two traits that fit in well with coach Sonny Dykes' Bear Raid offense. There are three other quarterbacks on the roster, including Luke Rubenzer who was Jared Goff's backup in 2014 before switching to defense in 2015. ___ COLORADO Top 25 class: No Best in class: Beau Bisharat, RB, Sacramento, California. Best of the rest: WR Johnny Huntley III, Plantation, Florida; Anthony Julmisse, WR, Plantation, Florida; Ronnie Blackmon, DB, Atlanta; Drew Lewis, LB, Coffeyville; Juwann Winfree, WR, Coffeyville One that got away: Craig Watts, St. Petersburg, Florida. Signed with South Florida. How they'll fit in: Bisharat and Winfree could step in and start right away. A three-year starter in high school, Bisharat rushed for 4,130 yards along with 43 TDs. Winfree had 55 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Coffeyville. ___ OREGON Top 25 Class: Yes. No. 23. Best in class: Tristan Wallace, an athletic 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, hails from DeSoto, Texas. He could make an impact right away. Coach Mark Helfrich said Wallace wants to play at receiver, so the Ducks will go with that at the start, but he did not rule out moving him in the future. "I don't know what he is, but he's great," Helfrich said, adding that the position coaches will likely fight for him. Best of the rest: Dillon Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver out of Memphis, Tennessee, was wooed by many elite programs, including Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State. Part of his appeal is that he also plays basketball, although it's not certain that he'll double up at the college level. He's already enrolled in classes. Late addition: Four-star linebacker Keith Simms of Maryland had offers from Stanford, Cal, Michigan State and Virginia Tech, among other schools, but over the weekend committed to the Ducks. One that got away: Running back Vavae Malepeai verbally committed to Oregon but signed with USC. Malepeai holds the career prep rushing record for the state of Hawaii. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on the quarterback situation at Oregon and how it evolves over the next few years. But the Ducks got a solid recruiting class that included 17 high school players and a junior college transfer. While some fans grumbled that there were no five-star recruits and that most national class rankings put the Ducks in the 20s, Helfrich maintained the importance of signing players who will enroll at Oregon and play, as opposed to players who won't ultimately qualify. ___ OREGON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Shurod Thompson, a safety out of Brentwood, California, had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Washington State, among others. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, the speedy Thompson was considered among the top 10 players in the nation at his position. Best of the rest: Christian Wallace, a cornerback out of Sealy, Texas, was considered among the top 25 prospects out of Texas. He also rushed for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior and Andersen said he will also carry for the Beavers. Late addition: Defensive tackle David Fangupo, a 350-pound JC transfer from Cerritos College who signed with the Beavers after earlier committing to Utah. One that got away: Four-star offensive lineman Frederick Mauigoa, who decided to go to Washington State. How they'll fit in: Coach Gary Andersen addressed his needs on defense, but the Beavers remain short at quarterback after both Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell decided to transfer. Marcus McMaryion will return and Andersen announced Wednesday that Utah State transfer Darell Garrettson, who had to sit out last year under NCAA rules, had earned a scholarship. The only quarterback in the recruiting class is Mason Moran out of Arizona's Chandler High School, who was recruited as a defensive player by other schools. Andersen said that the Beavers may have to bring in a walk-on at the position. ___ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Oluwole Betiku, DL, Gardena, California. The Trojans plugged a hole on their line with the commitment of a powerful prospect joining the pipeline of talent running a few miles north from Serra High School to USC. Best of the rest: Tyler Vaughns, WR, La Puente, California, and WR Michael Pittman Jr., Westlake Village, California. USC landed two of the top receiving prospects in the country to bolster their enviable depth at the skill positions for the next starting quarterback. Late addition: Jack Jones, WR/CB, Long Beach, California. The Trojans' next possible two-way star chose to stay close to home on decision day, announcing it with a video featuring fellow LBC denizen Snoop Dogg. "I thought it was absolutely awesome," coach Clay Helton said. "I'm amazed how creative it gets every year." One that got away: Jonathan Kongbo, DT, Arizona Western College. The junior college standout passed on a chance to contribute immediately for the Trojans, choosing Tennessee instead. How they'll fit in: USC has rarely hesitated to play freshmen during Helton's six seasons in the program, and this class should be no exception. The Trojans are flush with speedy juniors at their skill positions, but the new recruits will help out until it's their turn to shine in 2017. ___ STANFORD Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Curtis Robinson, OLB, Irvine, Calif. Best of the rest: K.J. Costello, QB, Coto de Caza, California; Clark Yarbrough, OT, Rumson, New Jersey; Kaden Smith, TE, Flower Mound, Texas; Scooter Harrington, TE, Riverside, Connecticut.; Andrew Pryts, S, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.; Treyjohn Butler, CB/S, Rancho Cucamonga, California; Obi Eboh, CB, Southlake, Texas; Richard McNitzky, LS, San Antonio. Late addition: Jet Toner, P/K, Honolulu One that got away: OLB Jeffrey McCulloch. How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen signed Wednesday have termed themselves the 'Phat Five,' and several of them will have a chance to help remake the line in their first years. Outland Trophy winner Joshua Garnett was the last true freshman to start at Stanford. Cardinal coach David Shaw also stressed the importance of signing four defensive linemen. That was Stanford's most worrisome position after losing Harrison Phillips to a season-ending injury in the first game of the season and having to convert offensive players to fill in. Shaw also expects Costello to have an impact. Stanford will carry three scholarship quarterbacks next year, none of whom have ever started a game. ___ UCLA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Mique Juarez, LB, Torrance, California. Juarez, who was previously committed to the Trojans, could replace Myles Jack as a versatile outside linebacker capable of defending slot receivers and tight ends. Best of the rest: Brandon Burton, DB, Gardena, California. Mora finally cracked the Serra-to-USC pipeline by landing Burton, a four-star prospect who could contribute on offense or defense. Making recruiting inroads into a high school that has produced Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Adoree Jackson can help UCLA vault into college football's elite. Late addition: Boss Tagaloa, DL, Concord, California. UCLA struggled to stop the run even before standout lineman Kenny Clark declared for the NFL draft, so there will be opportunities for the 6-foot-1 300-pound Tagaloa to help shore up the middle of the Bruins defense. One that got away: Devin Asiasi, TE, Concord, California. New offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu plans to feature tight ends and fullbacks in a more physical scheme that could echo defending Pac-12 champion Stanford, but that wasn't enough to keep Tagaloa's high school teammate from signing with former Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. How they'll fit in: After losing four of the top five receivers from quarterback Josh Rosen's promising freshman season, UCLA will need immediate contributions from early enrollee Theo Howard and the other new receivers. Coach Jim Mora also identified tight end Jordan Wilson and the special teams battery of snapper Johnny Den Bleyker, punter Austin Kent and kicker JJ Molson among players who should see the field early. ___ UTAH Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Garett Bolles, OL, Snow College, Lehi, Utah Best of the rest: Troy Williams, QB, Santa Monica College, Carson, California Late addition: David Luafatasaga, LB, Arizona Western, Honolulu, Hawaii One that got away: Wayne Kirby, DT, Pocatello, Idaho How they'll fit in: All eyes are on the offensive side of the ball with quarterback Travis Wilson and running back Devontae Booker gone. As junior college transfers, both Williams and Bolles are expected to contribute immediately. But coach Kyle Whittingham is all about defense and the linebacker corps got an infusion with Luafatasaga, Davir Hamilton, Snow College transfer Kurtis Taufa and Donovan Thompson. Luafatasaga "is exceptional at rushing the passer," Whittingham said. "He can also play inside linebacker. His real strength is coming off the edge." ___ WASHINGTON Top 25 Class: On the bubble Best in class: Byron Murphy, DB, Scottsdale, Arizona. Rated a four-star cornerback, Murphy was the top-rated player in the state of Arizona and heavily recruited by Arizona State. He decided to leave the desert for the Pacific Northwest and a chance to contribute early in his career. Best of the rest: Outside linebacker Camilo Eifler was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country at his position coming out of Bishop O'Dowd High School in the Bay Area. Right behind Eifler is RB Sean McGrew from Torrance, California. McGrew was the Gatorade state player of the year for California after rushing for 5,762 yards and 76 touchdowns in his prep career despite being undersized at 5-foot-7 and 173 pounds. Late addition: Jordan Chin, WR, San Fernando, California. Chin was more of a track and field athlete in high school and ran the leadoff leg for the reigning state champions in the 4x100 meter relay. Washington is hoping that speed will translate to wide receiver. One that got away: Washington made a late run at QB Jacob Eason, the top player in the state of Washington, but Eason stuck by his verbal commitment to Georgia. How they'll fit in: The depth of Washington's class is in the secondary with Murphy, Kentrell Lowe, Isaiah Gilchrist and Taylor Rapp. They'll be joining an already talented secondary that returns three starters, but someone out of that group is likely to make contributions in 2016. ___ WASHINGTON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Receiver Isaiah Johnson of Belle Glade, Florida, was rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, and among the top 20 receivers in the state. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound product of Dwyer High School caught 44 passes for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Best of the rest: Running back Romello Harris rushed for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns in just nine games as a senior, and is rated the No. 57 running back prospect in the nation. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder totaled 7,311 rushing yards in his prep career at Tulare Union High in California. Late addition: Linebacker Suli Tamaivena of Kirkland, Washington. His father, Levi, was a national rugby star in Fiji. One that got away: Athlete Tayler Hawkins of Palm Springs, California, who chose San Diego State. How they'll fit in: Washington State has plenty of returning veterans from a nine-win season that was the best in more than a decade. The new players should have time to learn the system and earn playing time without being rushed into the breach. With three quarterbacks on the roster, the Cougars apparently did not feel the need to sign a top passer this year to run the Air Raid down the road.
Here are the signing day capsules for Southeastern Conference teams:___ALABAMATop 25 Class: Yes.Best in class: Ben Davis of Gordo, Alabama. The 10th-rated player nationally and top inside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.Best of the rest: Lyndell "Mack" Williams (enrolled), Jonah Wilson, Charles Baldwin; RB B.J. Emmons, DB Nigel Knott.Late additions: Davis, Wilson, DB...
SEC football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Southeastern Conference teams: ___ ALABAMA Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Ben Davis of Gordo, Alabama. The 10th-rated player nationally and top inside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Best of the rest: Lyndell "Mack" Williams (enrolled), Jonah Wilson, Charles Baldwin; RB B.J. Emmons, DB Nigel Knott. Late additions: Davis, Wilson, DB Shyheim Carter, Knott, DE Terrell Hall, Jamar King. One that got away: OL Landon Dickerson (to Florida State). How they'll fit in: Davis, whose father Wayne is Alabama's all-time leading tackler, and Wilson could help fill the void left by All-America middle linebacker Reggie Ragland. There's room for instant contributions elsewhere, too, including at safety and on the defensive line. ___ ARKANSAS Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: McTelvin Agim, DE, Hope (Ark.) Best of the rest: Devwah Whaley, RB, Beaumont, Texas; Austin Capps, DT, Star City, Ark.; Briston Guidry, DT, Metairie, La. One that got away: Running back Kyle Porter, who chose Texas. How they'll fit in: Agim was an early enrollee with the Razorbacks, and he hopes to play as a freshman. However, Whaley carries with him more than hope and is expected by himself and Arkansas' coaches to take the field in place of Collins and Williams in 2016. ___ AUBURN Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: DT Derrick Brown, Sugar Hill, Georgia is rated as the nation's ninth-best prospect overall in the 247Sports composite rankings. Best of the rest: DE Marlon Davidson, WR Nate Craig-Myers, OL Prince Michael Sammons. Late addition: Derrick Brown, Nate Craig-Myers. One that got away: Auburn recruited LB Ben Davis, who is heading to Alabama. How they'll fit in: The Tigers will have a defensive line rotation featuring five five-star recruits. JUCO quarterback John Franklin III, an early enrollee listed as an athlete, will likely compete with Jeremy Johnson and Sean White for the starting spot during the spring, and multiple receivers need to make impacts. ___ FLORIDA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Antonneous Clayton, DE, Vienna, Georgia. The Gators needed to add depth on the defensive front after losing talented linemen Jonathan Bullard and Alex McAlister to the NFL draft. Clayton had 77 tackles, 27 tackle for loss, 13 quarterback hurries, nine sacks and a forced fumble last year at Dooly County High. Best of the rest: Feleipe Franks, QB, Crawfordville. Franks might just be the pocket-passer McElwain is looking for. The 6-foot-6 Franks threw for 2,766 yards with 35 touchdowns as a senior at Wakulla High last year. Late addition: Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Houston. Cleveland caught 46 passes for 982 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. One that got away: Shavar Manuel, DT, Bradenton. Manuel de-committed Wednesday and later signed with rival Florida State, leaving the Gators with just three defensive lineman and no defensive tackles in the signing class. How they'll fit in: Florida can only hope the offensive additions boost a unit that ranked 100th in the nation in scoring last season. Franks and Trask are expected to battle incumbent starter Treon Harris, Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio and Purdue graduate transfer Austin Appleby for playing time right away. ___ GEORGIA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Jason Eason, QB, Lake Stevens, Wash.; Mercole Hardman Jr., ATH, Elberton, Ga.; Isaac Nauta, TE, Buford, Ga. Best of the rest: Michail Carter, DL, Jackson, Ga.; Ben Cleveland, OL, Toccoa, Ga.; Chauncey Manac, OLB, Fargo, Ga.; Julian Rochester, DL, Powder Springs, Ga.; Javon Wims, WR, Miami. Late addition: Hardman was a huge coup for the Bulldogs, giving them one of the nation's top-25 prospects to go along with early enrollees Eason and Nauta. Hardman, who has been compared to Southern Cal cornerback Adoree Jackson, picked his home-state school over SEC rivals Tennessee and Alabama. One that got away: DT Derrick Brown, the state's top prospect, went with Auburn over Georgia and several other SEC schools. While Smart was pleased with the players he got on the defensive line, Brown would've made Georgia's class truly special. How they'll fit in: Eason will compete for the starting quarterback job right away. The Bulldogs struggled mightily on offense last season, largely because of their struggles at the most visible position on the field. Incumbent starter Grayson Lambert returns, but it will be an upset if he keeps the job over Eason. Hardman will be expected to start at cornerback and likely handle kick return duties. Depending on how quickly he adapts to the college game, he could work his way into the mix at receiver, as well. ___ KENTUCKY Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Landon Young, OL, Lexington, Kentucky. Rated as a five-star prospect by at least two recruiting services, the 6-foot-7, 305-pounder is considered the state's top player. Best of the rest: Jordan Griffin, DB, Jonesboro, Georgia. Considering the Wildcats' secondary started three freshmen last season, the 6-foot, 175-pound, four-star prospect could quickly become part of the mix as well. He's among a trio of defensive backs Kentucky signed. "I think those guys will have an opportunity to compete for playing time and I look forward to working with them," defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. Late addition: LB Jordan Bonner. The JUCO transfer committed in December but made it official this week. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining. One that got away: Kentucky had pursued DT Kobe Smith before the Lawrence, Georgia, native chose South Carolina. How they'll fit in: Though it takes time for linemen to develop, Kentucky's offensive line issues last season create a chance for Young and 6-6, 310-pound Tate Leavitt to become part of the rotation. ___ LSU Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Saivion Smith, DB, St. Petersburg, Florida. Best of the rest: Rashard Lawrence, DT, Monroe, Louisiana. Late addition: Kristian Fulton, DB, Metairie, Louisiana. One that got away: Erick Fowler, LB, Manor, Texas. How they'll fit in: The secondary has been an area of strength for LSU in recent seasons. With three starters returning, players like Smith and Fulton will be able to contribute immediately in the nickel and dime packages. "We have some lockdown corners who are going to be able to be impact players right away," Miles said. "They will give us a lot of flexibility when we move people around in the secondary." ___ MISSISSIPPI Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Shea Patterson, QB, Shreveport, Louisiana. Freeze said his opinion of Patterson continues to grow now that he's on campus: "I love everything about that kid." Best of the rest: Greg Little, OL, Allen, Texas. The 326-pound Little could be an immediate replacement for Tunsil at left tackle. Late addition: A.J. Brown, WR, Starkville, Mississippi. Ole Miss managed to coax Brown away from Starkville, which is the hometown of rival Mississippi State. The Rebels hope Brown can turn into the team's new Treadwell, who had the most receiving yards in the SEC last season. One that got away: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Macon, Mississippi. Ole Miss had hoped to bolster its defensive line with one of the Magnolia State's top prospects, but Simmons chose Mississippi State over the Rebels and Alabama. How they'll fit in: Patterson will probably get a year of seasoning behind rising senior Chad Kelly, who threw for more than 4,000 yards last season. Others like Little, Brown and Jones could play right away. ___ MISSISSIPPI STATE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Macon, Mississippi. Best of the rest: Kobe Jones, DL, Starkville, Mississippi. Said Mullen: "We are looking for work ethic and high-character young men and he fits that for us." Late addition: Simmons. One that got away: A.J. Brown, WR, Starkville, Mississippi. The Bulldogs couldn't grab an elite prospect at a high school just a few miles from their campus. Instead, he went to rival Ole Miss. How they'll fit in: Simmons and Jones are two guys who could contribute immediately, but Mullen has a reputation of bringing young players along slowly. ___ MISSOURI Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Tre Williams, DL, Columbia, Missouri, Rock Bridge. Four recruits are among the St. Louis Post-Dispatch top 30 list — TE Brendan Scales, P-K Tucker McCann, OL Tre'Vour Simms and RB Jerod Alton. Best of the rest: Christian Holmes, CB, Atlanta, Georgia., McNair High Late addition: QB Micah Wilson, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lincoln Christian High One that got away: None. How they'll fit in: Odom was under the gun to produce after replacing Gary Pinkel in early December. It's not a wow class but it should help the school regain its footing in the SEC. ___ SOUTH CAROLINA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Brandon McIlwain, QB, Newton, Pennsylvania. He turned down first-round MLB money to go to college and is already scrimmaging with the Gamecocks baseball team. Best of the rest: Bryan Edwards, WR, Conway, South Carolina; Jamarcus King, DB, Mobile, Alabama Late addition: WR Kiel Pollard of Moultrie, Georgia, was pledged to Arkansas before turning to the Gamecocks last week. One that got away: DT Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia. Was considered a strong lean to South Carolina. No word yet on where he signed. How they'll fit in: McIlwain should get a chance to show if he can start. Edwards and Pollard will see early playing with receiver Pharoh Cooper off to the NFL. King is expected to bulk up the secondary. ___ TENNESSEE Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Nigel Warrior is rated as a five-star prospect by Scout, which had him as the nation's No. 20 overall recruit. 247Sports and ESPN also had him in their top 100. He's the son of former Tennessee and NFL defensive back Dale Carter. Jonathan Kongbo, who redshirted one year at Wyoming before transferring to Arizona Western College, is rated as the nation's No. 1 overall junior-college prospect by 247Sports. Kongbo has three years of eligibility remaining. Best of the rest: Tyler Byrd is rated as a top-100 recruit by most recruiting services. Jarrett Guarantano of Lodi, New Jersey, is rated among the nation's top five dual-threat quarterbacks in his class. Late additions: Warrior's morning announcement gave Tennessee a good start to signing day. The addition of Byrd and Latrell Williams shows that Tennessee's hire of former Miami interim head coach Larry Scott already may be paying off. Scott joined Tennessee's staff as a tight ends coach last month. Kongbo verbally committed to Tennessee in November, reopened his recruitment last month and then announced Wednesday he'd be joining the Vols after all. How they'll fit in: Kongbo could contribute as a pass-rushing complement to Derek Barnett, who has recorded 10 sacks each of the last two seasons. Tennessee replaces its two starting safeties from last season, so Warrior will have a chance to contribute right away. Byrd also has a chance to play immediately, whether it's on special teams or defense. Tennessee didn't get huge production from its wideouts last season, so junior-college receiver Jeff George could get an early look. ___ TEXAS A&M Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Kellen Diesch, OL, Trophy Club, Texas. Best of the rest: Clyde Leflore-Chriss, WR, New Orleans. Late addition: Clifford Chattman, S, New Orleans. One that got away: Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, Texas, who chose Texas. How they'll fit in: Coach Kevin Sumlin has long said that he doesn't recruit players to sit on the sidelines, so expect to see many of these players fill big roles this season like freshmen WR Christian Kirk and DL Daylon Mack did in 2015. ___ VANDERBILT Top 25 Class: No Best in class: JoeJuan Williams, a 6-foot-3 cornerback from Nashville, Tennessee, is a consensus four-star recruit. Williams was rated as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Tennessee according to composite rankings of recruiting websites by 247Sports. Williams already has enrolled at Vanderbilt. Best of the rest: Quarterback Deuce Wallace, a consensus three-star recruit, passed for 3,505 yards and 37 touchdowns last season while leading Sevier County to the Tennessee Class 5A state championship game. Wallace, who had been committed to Northwestern at one point, has already enrolled at Vanderbilt. Sean Auwae, a 6-4, 295-pound offensive lineman, is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports,. Auwae didn't allow a sack or a tackle for loss his senior year at Kapolei (Hawaii) High School. Late addition: Josiah Sa'o, a defensive tackle from San Diego, announced Wednesday he was signing with Vanderbilt. The addition of Sa'o helped the Commodores absorb the loss of defensive tackle Brandon Adams, who flipped his verbal commitment from Vanderbilt to Georgia Tech in late January. One that got away: Bradlee Anae, a defensive end from Hawaii, selected Utah over Vanderbilt. Anae was rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. How they'll fit in: Wallace adds immediate depth to a quarterback position following the transfer of Jonathan McCrary, who lost his starting job to Kyle Shurmur last season. Williams has the talent to make an immediate contribution, and his status as an early enrollee should only help in that regard. Mason is a former Stanford defensive coordinator, and this staff showed its West Coast ties by landing kicker/punter Sam Loy and Sa'o from California as well as Auwae from Hawaii.
Mike Coats Jr. and Jaylon Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends.
Recruiting notebook: Sons of former OU linebackers Coats, Bowden joining up at Lamar
By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Feb 3, 2016EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. tweeted his commitment to Lamar on Jan. 16. A few minutes later, so did Jaylon Bowden, a Blinn College (Texas) defensive back. It certainly wasn't a coincidence. Coats and Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends. “We didn't plan it at all,” Mike Coats Jr. said. “It's been a dream. We always said it would be cool when we were little.” Coats was on The Oklahoman's Big All-City team after recording 104 tackles, a sack and an interception last season. He will also play for former OU center Chuck Langston, who is now Lamar's offensive coordinator. But nothing will top playing with Bowden. “It's kinda like life going in a complete circle,” the elder Coats said. “It's special because a lot of other friends and former Sooners we've talked about that. It's been a blessing for our family and Joe's family to be able to come back together and be able to share that for the next five years.” Another Edmond Santa Fe linebacker, Dillon Hall, signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, returning to the town he called home until a couple years ago. Hall didn't base his decision on being able to return to Miami, OK. But it certainly played a small factor. “I had some options, but I felt NEO was best,” Hall said. “My dad went there, and he really enjoyed it. I love Miami. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to go back. But I think my best opportunity lies there, and if I go there and do good I think I have great things ahead of me.” Hall moved from Miami to Edmond before his junior season. He was joined by four teammates in signing with NEO — offensive linemen Jacob Goss, defensive back Charles Gaines, defensive lineman Diamen House and star running back Darran Williams. GARRETT FOLLOWING MUSTANG COACH'S PATH TO WYOMING Two-and-a-half years ago, Mustang's Chandler Garrett stood in a room at coach Jeremy Dombek's home surrounded by Wyoming football memorabilia. Now Garrett is about to be immersed in Wyoming football once again, only this time as a player, following in his coach's footsteps. “It's really ironic, because he was No. 11 and I'm No. 11,” the 6-5, 210-pound Garrett said Wednesday after signing his letter of intent with the Cowboys. “He played at Nebraska , and I'll play there in my second game. There are a lot of cool things like that. I think it's definitely where I'm supposed to be.” Much of the Wyoming coaching staff, led by Craig Bohl, was at North Dakota State when it began its run of Division I FCS national titles. While there, Bohl's staff recruited Carson Wentz, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback who is being speculated as a potential a top-five pick in this year's NFL Draft. “That coaching staff, they know what they're doing,” Dombek said. “They've sold out to recruiting Oklahoma kids. They like big, physical, tough quarterbacks. “It's a good fit. They think Chandler's a competitor, and they wanted him from the get-go.” Along with Garrett, tight end Bryce Roberts signed with New Mexico State and safety Kiante Miles signed with Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. HERITAGE HALL'S MCDANIEL, LOVE FIND IDEAL FITS Heritage Hall star Tevin McDaniel already has a date circled on his calendar two seasons into his college career at Air Force. Sept. 16, 2017, a game in the Big House against Michigan. “It's not like we're playing other teams,” McDaniel said. “These are teams that compete for national championships and we get to go play them.” McDaniel signed a Certificate of Intent with the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, pledging to join the academy that has hit Oklahoma hard this recruiting season. He was joined Wednesday by Altus star Taven Birdow, Edmond Memorial linebacker Zeke Mammen and John Marshall quarterback Lenard Leviston III. “There's a lot of good places elsewhere, but you look at Air Force and you think benefits,” McDaniel said. But when he first approached his mom Kartina about committing, she wasn't having it. “My initial thought was no way,” she said. “I'm not from a military family. My husband has some members in his family. Man, after the first time going up there, though, being part of the facility and understanding more of what the academy is offering all of those fears went out of my mind.” McDaniel said he wants to be a physical therapist and will major in behavioral sciences. He was especially excited to hear Birdow had signed Wednesday, which could lead to a powerful backfield with the duo that made The Oklahoman's All-State team. “From what I've heard, the dude is an animal on the football field,” McDaniel said. “I can't wait to get down there and get practicing to see what we can do together.” All Heritage Hall running back Terrell Love needed was a visit to Texas Southern's campus in Houston to seal the deal. The powerful senior known as “Tank,” did that last week, met his father's former Langston coach and reaffirmed his commitment to the university. “It played a little role,” Love said about his father, Terrell, playing for offensive line coach John Montgomery. “It was pretty cool I could play for someone who coached my dad. There's some trust between them. They still talk to this day. It's cool to think I'll be able to do that.” The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Love rushed for 1,670 yards and 31 touchdowns last season while helping the Chargers win a second straight state championship. He finished his career fourth on the school's all-time scoring list, behind Wes Welker, Barry J. Sanders and Sterling Shepard. NORMAN NORTH'S HOGAN WAITING TO SIGN Norman North running back Quan Hogan did not sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, choosing to wait until after his upcoming visit to Southeast Missouri State to make a decision. Hogan, a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com, held offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Ohio, Tulsa and Wyoming, but those schools' classes filled up while Hogan waited to make a commitment. He recently picked up the offer from Southeast Missouri State, Timberwolves coach Brent Barnes said, and is setting up a visit there soon. Hogan — ranked No. 26 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list — rushed for 1,309 yards and 28 touchdowns last season for the Timberwolves, and finished his high school career with 5,046 yards from scrimmage with 65 total touchdowns. DEL CITY'S TERRY WILSON SEALS THE DEAL WITH OREGON About six weeks after he made it sort-of-official, Del City's Terry Wilson made it officially official. And next month, it'll be real life. The Eagles' quarterback signed a non-binding financial aid agreement with Oregon in December, but he signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, alongside five of his teammates who signed with other college football programs. Wilson is on track to complete his high school coursework in the next couple of weeks, and he'll enroll at Oregon for the start of their spring term in March to take part in spring practice. “This seals the deal,” Wilson said. “I'll be in Oregon next month. I can't wait to get up there, try to get up the depth chart and possibly get on the field next year.” In addition to Wilson, Walter Watson signed with Missouri State, Sean Talley signed with Emporia State, Jeremiah Wilson and Percy Craig signed with Langston and Asjon Reeves signed with Southwestern Oklahoma State. Over their four-year high school careers, those players helped Del City reach the playoffs each season. “I feel like we left a legacy here,” Watson said. “The four years we were here, we really did big stuff, the whole 2016 class that we had here.”
Here are the signing day capsules for Atlantic Coast Conference teams:___BOSTON COLLEGETop 25 Class: NoBest in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a...
ACC football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Atlantic Coast Conference teams: ___ BOSTON COLLEGE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a month. Best of the rest: WR Kobay White of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was a three-time all-state selection. Late addition: TE Korab Idrizi From Fort Lee, New Jersey, changed his mind after initially deciding on Rutgers. Two that got away: After defensive coordinator Don Brown left BC for Michigan, DB/QB Da'vante Cross decommitted from the Eagles. Cross will play quarterback at Virginia instead. How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen in the recruiting class — including Eastern Illinois transfer Jimmy Lowery — could help return BC to its roots as an incubator of NFL blockers. ___ CLEMSON Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Dexter Lawrence, DE, Wake Forest, North Carolina. Lawrence picked Clemson over Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Notre Dame. Best of the rest: Tavien Feaster, RB, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Tre Lamar, LB, Roswell, Georgia; Zerrick Cooper, QB, Jonesboro, Georgia; John Simpson, OL, North Charleston, South Carolina Late addition: CB Isaiah Simmons of Olanthe, Kansas, also was considering Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri and Louisville. One that got away: Defensive end Rashan Gary of Paramus, New Jersey. Gary, the nation's top prospect, had the Tigers has one of his two finalists before choosing Michigan. How they'll fit in: Lawrence will bid for immediate playing time with linemen Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd off to the NFL. Feaster has speed like former Tiger great C.J. Spiller, Swinney says, and could be the home run hitter Clemson has missed in recent years. ___ DUKE Top 25 Class: On the bubble. Best in class: Scott Bracey, WR, Richmond, Virginia. Best of the rest: Dylan Singleton, S, Lawrenceville, Georgia; Mark Birmingham, TE, Ashburn, Virginia; Brandon Hill, LB, Orangeburg, South Carolina. Late addition: Chidi Okonya, DL, Riverdale, Georgia. One that got away: Quarterback Chazz Surratt, the AP offensive player of the year in North Carolina, signed with the rival North Carolina. He had committed to Duke before switching to UNC over the summer. How they'll fit in: Duke brought in seven linemen — four offensive, three defensive — because Cutcliffe said those are the positions "you can't get short in." This class is marked by its versatility — most players play multiple positions and on both offense and defense. ___ FLORIDA STATE Top 25 class: Yes Best in class: Levonta Taylor, CB, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was the consensus top-ranked cornerback prospect in the country and committed early enough that he helped attract others to Florida State. He also could end up as a kick or punt returner. At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Tyler lacks in size but Fisher said he has a unique skill set, including great ball skills. Best of the rest: Malik Henry, QB, Long Beach, California. Fisher usually has true freshmen run the scout team but the 6-foot-3, 184-pound Henry has enough athleticism and is an early enrollee, meaning he could challenge for the starting spot during spring practice. Late addition: Shevar Manuel, DT, Bradenton, Florida. Manuel had originally committed to Florida but was wavering. Florida State remained in contact with Manuel and convinced him to flip at the last minute. One that got away: Safety Jamel Cook was leaning toward Florida State but the Miami native ended up going to Southern California. How they'll fit in: With the signings, Florida State will have 18 offensive linemen on scholarship when preseason practices begin August. Fisher said that not only benefits the offensive line in terms of building a rotation but should help guys develop faster. ___ GEORGIA TECH Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jordan Woods, DE, Citra, Florida. Woods picked Georgia Tech over Florida, Tennessee and Miami. Best of the rest: Parker Braun, OL, Hallsview, Texas; Jay Jones, QB, McCalla, Alabama; Xavier Gantt, RB, Buford, Georgia; Dedrick Mills, RB, Waycross, Georgia. Late addition: CB Ajani Kerr of Powder Springs, Georgia, also was considering Central Michigan and Kennesaw State, among other schools. One that got away: Safety Romeo Finley of Niceville, Florida, listed Georgia Tech as his leader before making a late switch to Miami. How they'll fit in: Johnson recruited for immediate help at wide receiver. Stephen Dolphus (6-5, 200) of Westside High in Macon, Georgia, was compared to former Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. The other receivers in the class are Jalen Camp of Cumming, Georgia and Jair Hawkins-Anderson of Suwanee, Georgia. ___ LOUISVILLE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jawon Pass, QB, Columbus, Georgia. The Cardinals bolstered one of their strengths with the 6-foot-4 U.S. Army-All America quarterback, who ranked as the nation's 191st overall prospect by Scout. Pass may not supplant sophomore Lamar Jackson, who became Louisville's starter last season, but he joins his brother Khane, a safety who signed last year. Best of the rest: Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Fitzpatrick committed to Louisville more than a year ago, reconsidered this winter before sticking with his original choice after an official visit last weekend. "He sure made us work hard," Petrino said of the recruitment. The Cardinals beat out Nebraska and Indiana for the 6-2 receiver ranked in the top 220 nationally by Rivals and Scout. Fitzpatrick is one of four receivers signed. Late addition: London Iakopo, S, Long Beach (California) City College. Iakopo is one of two four-star safeties in the class along with incoming freshman P.J. Blue, and could see early action at the back of the Cardinals' defense. "He's very, very mature and he's going to give us a lot of leadership," Petrino said of Iakopo. One that got away: Rodjay Burns, Louisville, Kentucky. Ohio State lured Burns, a two-way standout, away from his hometown in the final week. A finalist for Kentucky's Mr. Football, Burns had 14 touchdowns as a receiver and four interceptions on defense as a high school senior. How they'll fit in: The Cardinals have seamlessly worked in youngsters and transfers on defense without missing a beat, so it wouldn't be shocking if their newcomers became contributors right away. Pass might be Louisville's quarterback of the future, the same thing that was said about Jackson and Reggie Bonnafon before both emerged as starting signal-callers. ___ MIAMI Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Sam Bruce, WR, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 5-foot-8 star from longtime powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High is considered to be a slot receiver, but the Hurricanes see him getting to the outside as well. Bruce seemed to be wavering on his commitment in recent weeks, but he was the one that Miami fans did not want to see get away. "Very explosive player," Richt said. Best of the rest: Jack Allison, QB, Parrish, Florida and Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Orange Park, Florida. Allison is the heir apparent to Brad Kaaya as Miami's starting quarterback and jumped at the chance to enroll at what he long considered his dream school. And Quarterman — along with fellow mid-year linebacker enrollees Zach McCloud and Michael Pinckney — gives Miami immediate depth at that position and should be in contention for playing time in the fall. Late addition: Ahmmon Richards, WR, Wellington, Florida. He was a Miami commit before the Hurricanes fired Al Golden, and then re-opened his process to the point where some thought he would get away. One that got away: Tyler Byrd, CB, Naples, Florida. The consensus four-star prospect flipped his commitment to Tennessee — where former Miami interim coach Larry Scott is now on staff — on Tuesday night. Byrd was considered someone who would have been a key performer in 2016 for the Hurricanes. How they'll fit in: There's clearly spots to fill, and Richt didn't get all of Miami's needs taken care of in his first class. But there's a slew of talent returning, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Getting that trio of linebackers in early might be critical, and having Miami legacies like TE Michael Irvin Jr., S Jeff James (Edgerrin James' nephew) and DE Pat Bethel (son of former Miami TE Randy Bethel) in this class won't hurt. ___ NORTH CAROLINA Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Kyree Campbell, DT, Woodbridge, Virginia. Best of the rest: Chazz Surratt, QB, Denver, North Carolina; Jay-Jay McCargo, OL, Alexandria, Virginia; Tomon Fox, DE, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Late addition: DB Patrice Rene (Alexandria, Virginia) originally committed to Rutgers but flipped to UNC in January. One that got away: WR Nate Craig-Myers (Tampa, Florida) chose Auburn over UNC on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: After a defensive turnaround last year under coordinator Gene Chizik, the Tar Heels loaded up on defense with 16 signees — including seven defensive backs and four linebackers — after losing seniors in the unit's back seven. ___ NORTH CAROLINA STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Thaddeus Moss, TE, Charlotte. Best of the rest: Kelvin Harmon, WR, Palmyra, New Jersey. Late addition: Harmon, originally a South Carolina recruit who decommitted amid the Gamecocks' coaching change to Will Muschamp. One that got away: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Wake Forest, signed with Clemson. How they'll fit in: Doeren says he'd like to redshirt all but about six players. Moss and Harmon seem to be extreme talents who should have a chance to play soon. Frazier should be strong enough to make a quick impact. ___ PITTSBURGH Top 25 Class: On the bubble Best in class: Damar Hamlin, DB, Pittsburgh. Blazing fast with what Narduzzi called "the best feet, hips and most athletic corners you can recruit." Best of the rest: DL Keyshon Camp (Lakeland, Florida.), chose Pitt after originally committing to USC. RB George Hill (Youngstown, Ohio). Late addition: Rashad Weaver, DL, Cooper City (Fla.) One that got away: RB Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills) signed with Penn State. How they'll fit in: The beauty for Narduzzi is he's not quite sure. Though Whitehead made an immediate impact at safety last year — he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year after leading Pitt with 99 tackles — but he also saw snaps on offense, averaging 10 yards every time he touched the ball. There are plenty of prospects who could get a shot at similar double duty going forward. ___ SYRACUSE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Moe Neal, ATH, Gastonia, North Carolina. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Neal was the nation's 43rd-ranked athlete in 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He scored 103 TDs in high school. Best of the rest: DE Jaquwan Nelson. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Nelson is rated three stars and the No. 54 weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports. Late addition: Devin Butler, who had previously committed to Maryland, decided Wednesday morning to go with the Orange. The 6-foot, 185-pound Butler also plans to join the Syracuse track and field team. One that got away: Three-star OG Stewart Reese of Fort Pierce Central High School in Florida. The 6-foot-6, 333-pound Reese, rated the No. 19 offensive guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com's composite rankings, opted for Mississippi State of the Southeast Conference on Monday. Syracuse, Reese's other finalist, had visited him twice in the past three weeks in addition to hosting him on an official visit in mid-January. How they'll fit in: The big story for the Orange is how quickly Babers can install his offense and who he picks to lead it. Sophomore Eric Dungey, despite at least one concussion and several other hard hits to the head last fall, succeeded Terrel Hunt after the senior starter's college career ended with a torn Achilles in the season opener. ___ VIRGINIA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Tre Harbison, RB, Shelby, North Carolina. Ran for 5,770 yards and 100 touchdowns in a high school career that ended with back-to-back state championships and a 32-0 record his last two seasons. Best of the rest: Hasise Dubois, WR, Irvington, New Jersey. A 6-3 receiver who caught 97 passes for 1,976 yards and 26 touchdowns during his high school career and had nine interceptions as a defensive back. Late addition: Trysten Hill, DL, Lee, Florida. One that got away: Laderrian Wilson, RB, Kissimmee, Florida (went to Maryland). How they'll fit in: Mendenhall takes a unique approach to redshirting and want ___ VIRGINIA TECH Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Evans. He threw for 395 yards per game with 38 touchdown passes and just three interceptions last season, and has already enrolled at Virginia Tech. A dual-threat, he also ran for more than 400 yards. Best of the rest: Khalil Ladler, CB, Stone Mountain, Georgia. A four-star recruit who spent the past season recovering from a torn ACL. Late addition: Eron Carter, LB, Palatka, Florida was being recruited heavily by the service academies, Foster said, describing the 6-2, 230-pounder as "more of a thumper-type guy." One that got away: None. How they'll fit in: With Fuente bringing what Hokies fans hope will be the high-powered offense they have long craved, the quarterback battle will be crucial to how quickly they are able to meet those expectations. Evans and Joshua Jackson join three holdovers — Brenden Motley, Dwayne Lawson and Chris Durkin, and so the winter, spring and summer will be critical times. ___ WAKE FOREST Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Sulaiman Kamara, DT, Richmond, Virginia. Best of the rest: Byrd; Taleni Suhren, OT, Charlotte; Emmanuel Walker, DE, Holly Hill, South Carolina. Late addition: None. All but a few players have been committed since last September. One that got away: LB Riley Cole, who decommitted late from Alabama and signed late in the afternoon with South Alabama. How they'll fit in: For Wake Forest, the better question is WHEN they'll fit in. The Demon Deacons are at their best when they're patiently redshirting players and allowing them to develop. But during the past few years, they simply didn't have enough bodies to do that, a big reason why they were one of the nation's most inexperienced teams in 2015. Clawson says he would prefer to redshirt 80 percent of the incoming freshmen.
Feb 3, 2016
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Alabama's still the unquestioned king of Southeastern Conference recruiting.That doesn't mean the competition isn't closing the gap.The Crimson Tide and coach Nick Saban closed with a flourish on Wednesday during national signing day, receiving letters of intent from several top prospects, including linebackers Ben Davis and Lyndell "Mack" Wilson.The rest of the...
Alabama leads another strong recruiting class for the SEC
By DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Alabama's still the unquestioned king of Southeastern Conference recruiting. That doesn't mean the competition isn't closing the gap. The Crimson Tide and coach Nick Saban closed with a flourish on Wednesday during national signing day, receiving letters of intent from several top prospects, including linebackers Ben Davis and Lyndell "Mack" Wilson. The rest of the Southeastern Conference was well-represented among the nation's top classes. LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M were all ranked among the top 20 in 247Sports Composite rankings. Alabama has always recruited well under Saban, so the Tide's ability to land top prospects isn't necessarily a surprise. Still, the late success was impressive. The Tide's eventful signing day once again produced one the highest-rated class in the country according to 247Sports, but the understated Saban wasn't ready to crown them champions of anything just yet. "Until these guys sort of grow and develop, you really don't know what kind of class you had," Saban said. "It's everybody's guesstimate at this point as to what kind of class that we really had. We're excited about them, we're pleased with them but you can't make predictions with these kind of things." Ole Miss landed a class heavy on potential offensive stars, including quarterback Shea Patterson, offensive tackle Greg Little and receiver A.J. Brown. All three were among the most highly-regarded prospects at their respective positions. Georgia also secured an impressive class under first-year coach Kirby Smart, landing quarterback Jason Eason, athlete Mercole Hardman Jr. and tight end Isaac Nauta. ___ Some notable developments from across the Southeastern Conference on national signing day: BIELEMA BACKTRACKS Arkansas coach Bret Bielema ended up making two phone calls that had nothing to do with his recruiting class. Bielema called Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze and Florida's Jim McElwain to explain what he meant Wednesday when he said on ESPN2 that "Florida (is) kind of the new Ole Miss. They're doing some things recruiting that kind of shocks you a little bit." The Rebels have been notified by the NCAA of rules violations involving the football, women's basketball and track and field programs. McElwain said he "does it right" in recruiting. Bielema said he was trying to pay Florida a compliment: "We've seen them kind of pop up everywhere." BAD TIMING FOR OLE MISS Ole Miss hit a snag in its recruiting last week when the school acknowledged that it was aware of a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA that alleged rule violations in three sports, including football. Freeze said the news "didn't help" as the Rebels tried to close with several high-profile national prospects. Freeze was critical of the timing of the news, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. "The timing and the way it was put out is quite peculiar," the coach said. "I wasn't crazy about that." LSU EFFORTS 'REMARKABLE' LSU nearly fired coach Les Miles after this season, but it didn't seem to hurt recruiting much. The Tigers didn't get everyone they wanted, but still closed with a potential top-5 class. Barton Simmons, director of scouting for 247Sports, is impressed. "I think what LSU did and what Les Miles did in this class was pretty remarkable," Simmons said. "Miles put his foot down in the state of Louisiana." RAZORBACK RB REPLACEMENT Arkansas might have grabbed its latest star running back by landing Texas prospect Devwah Whaley. Whaley rushed for 1,701 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior in high school. The Razorbacks are trying to fill the void left by the departed Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams. Whaley also had offers from Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Stanford. VOLS HIT INTO DOUBLE-PLAY Tennessee closed with success on signing day. Safety Nigel Warrior and junior-college defensive end Jonathan Kongbo — two of Tennessee's highest-rated recruits — didn't finalize their college decisions until Wednesday. Said coach Butch Jones: "We still felt there was room for more speed, more athleticism and we were going to swing the bat. It wasn't just a spur-of-the-moment decision by these individuals." ___ Follow David Brandt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — With a new coach in Dino Babers and a new, fast-paced offense to be installed, Syracuse signed just one quarterback on Wednesday but added power along both sides of the line among its 20 recruits.Topping the list on offense were athlete Moe Neal, wide receiver Devin Butler, and running back Jo-El Shaw, along with quarterback Rex Culpepper, who missed his senior season in...
Syracuse Orange sign 20 players on signing day
Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — With a new coach in Dino Babers and a new, fast-paced offense to be installed, Syracuse signed just one quarterback on Wednesday but added power along both sides of the line among its 20 recruits. Topping the list on offense were athlete Moe Neal, wide receiver Devin Butler, and running back Jo-El Shaw, along with quarterback Rex Culpepper, who missed his senior season in high school because of a knee injury suffered last July. The Orange also inked four defensive linemen and four offensive linemen and three defensive backs and three linebackers but failed to land any four-star recruits. Its class was ranked 65th overall by 247 Sports and 13th out of 14 in the ACC, considered the weakest of the Power 5 conferences. Because Babers was hired in December and got a late start, the class does not include any players from New York or New Jersey and has only two from Pennsylvania. It does include four players recruited by former head coach Scott Shafer, who was fired in November: Culpepper and S Scoop Bradshaw, who were teammates at Plant High School in Tampa, Florida; OL Sam Heckel of Waukesha (Wisconsin) West High School; and Neal, of Forestview High School in Gastonia, North Carolina. Zachary High School (Louisiana) quarterback Lindsey Scott, who once was part of the class, committed to LSU. The three-star prospect initially committed to Syracuse in October and was the Orange's most decorated recruit after being named Gatorade Player of the Year in Louisiana. He changed his mind after Shafer was fired. ___ Other things to know: Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Moe Neal, ATH, Gastonia, N.C. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Neal was the nation's 43rd-ranked athlete in 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He scored 103 TDs in high school. Best of the rest: DE Jaquwan Nelson. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Nelson is rated three stars and the No. 54 weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports. Late addition: Devin Butler, who had previously committed to Maryland, decided Wednesday morning to go with the Orange. The 6-foot, 185-pound Butler also plans to join the Syracuse track and field team. One that got away: Three-star OG Stewart Reese of Fort Pierce Central High School in Florida. The 6-foot-6, 333-pound Reese, rated the No. 19 offensive guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com's composite rankings, opted for Mississippi State of the Southeast Conference on Monday. Syracuse, Reese's other finalist, had visited him twice in the past three weeks in addition to hosting him on an official visit in mid-January. How they'll fit in: The big story for the Orange is how quickly Babers can install his offense and who he picks to lead it. Sophomore Eric Dungey, despite at least one concussion and several other hard hits to the head last fall, succeeded Terrel Hunt after the senior starter's college career ended with a torn Achilles in the season opener. Besides newcomer Culpepper and Dungey, who missed four games with what the school called an upper-body injury, Syracuse also has Zack Mahoney and Austin Wilson. Culpepper, Neal, and linebacker Kenneth Ruff, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, enrolled in January and will participate in spring practice. ___ For the full list: http://www.cuse.com/ ___ AP College Football Website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — With record-setting Nate Sudfeld graduating, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson needed to find a quarterback who could play right away and another he could groom one for the future.He got both in this year's 21-player recruiting class.Wilson signed one of the top junior college players, Richard Lagow, in December and got Patrick Ramsey, an incoming freshman from Cincinnati...
Hoosiers have 2 quarterbacks ready to replace Sudfeld
Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — With record-setting Nate Sudfeld graduating, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson needed to find a quarterback who could play right away and another he could groom one for the future. He got both in this year's 21-player recruiting class. Wilson signed one of the top junior college players, Richard Lagow, in December and got Patrick Ramsey, an incoming freshman from Cincinnati Elder, on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Lagow has a strong arm and can be an evasive runner and will be the front-runner to replace Sudfeld. If Lagow lives up to the hype, the Hoosiers should continue their steady ascent. That should give them enough time to help Ramsey figure out what it takes to become a Big Ten starter. The Hoosiers also signed Jayme Thompson, a 6-foot-2 junior college safety who started his career at Ohio State, and running back Kiante Enis, a late add who could play multiple positions. Enis rushed for 7,014 yards and 98 TDs in high school and is the nephew of former college star and NFL player Curtis Enis. Indiana signed four offensive linemen, all of whom weigh at least 270 pounds, and five defensive backs. And the Hoosiers improved their versatility by bringing in three players tabbed as athletes. Other things to know: Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Richard Lagow, QB, Plano, Texas. Over the past two seasons, he threw for 4,496 yards and 38 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He has two years of eligibility left. Best of the rest: Jonah Morris, athlete, Akron Ohio. In high school, Morris played receiver and safety and at 6-4, 190 pounds could play either position at Indiana. The Hoosiers must decide where he fits best. Late addition: Shaun Bonner, TE, Moultrie, Georgia. At 6-3, 250, Bonner is expected to start out as primarily a blocking tight end, with the potential to become an offensive lineman. One that got away: Jovan Swann, DT, Greenwood, Indiana. The Hoosiers only had two in-state players, and they didn't get Swann, who picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: Lagow and Thompson should make immediate impacts. But much of this class was recruited to build toward the future. __ For the full list: http://iuhoosiers.com/index.aspx?path=football&
DEL CITY — About six weeks after he made it sort-of-official, Del City’s Terry Wilson made it officially official. And next month, it’ll be real life. The Eagles’ quarterback signed a non-binding financial aid agreement with Oregon in December, but he signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, alongside five of his teammates who signed with other college football programs. Wilson is on...
Six Del City players sign, led by Terry Wilson to Oregon
scott wright | Feb 3, 2016DEL CITY — About six weeks after he made it sort-of-official, Del City’s Terry Wilson made it officially official. And next month, it’ll be real life. The Eagles’ quarterback signed a non-binding financial aid agreement with Oregon in December, but he signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, alongside five of his teammates who signed with other college football programs. Wilson is on track to complete his high school coursework in the next couple of weeks, and he’ll enroll at Oregon for the start of their spring term in March to take part in spring practice. “This seals the deal,” Wilson said. “I’ll be in Oregon next month. I can’t wait to get up there, try to get up the depth chart and possibly get on the field next year.” In addition to Wilson, Walter Watson signed with Missouri State, Sean Talley signed with Emporia State, Jeremiah Wilson and Percy Craig signed with Langston and Asjon Reeves signed with Southwestern Oklahoma State. Over their four-year high school careers, those players helped Del City reach the playoffs each season. “I feel like we left a legacy here,” Watson said. “The four years we were here, we really did big stuff, the whole 2016 class that we had here.”
Jan 31, 2016
HONOLULU (AP) — With no Super Bowl trip this season for the Seattle Seahawks, their stars came to play — and dominate — at the Pro Bowl.Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice on Sunday and earn offensive MVP honors at Aloha Stadium. Seattle teammate Michael Bennett was the defensive MVP after having the game's only sack and...
Russell Wilson throws 3 TDs in 49-27 Pro Bowl victory
By KALANI TAKASE, Associated Press | Jan 31, 2016HONOLULU (AP) — With no Super Bowl trip this season for the Seattle Seahawks, their stars came to play — and dominate — at the Pro Bowl. Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice on Sunday and earn offensive MVP honors at Aloha Stadium. Seattle teammate Michael Bennett was the defensive MVP after having the game's only sack and deflecting a pass. "To see us Seahawks out there is a real special thing," Wilson said. "It's a testament to our hard work and to see two Seahawks out there as MVPs is really cool." The Seahawks quarterback, who was the first player picked in the all-star game's draft, went 8 of 12 for 164 yards. He led scoring drives on three of Team Irvin's first four possessions. Wilson threw touchdown passes of 14 and 2 yards to Atlanta Falcons teammates Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, respectively, in the opening quarter. Early in the second quarter, Wilson connected with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley for a 10-yard score. The teams were drafted and captained by Hall of Fame wide receivers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice. Winston Moss, Green Bay's assistant head coach and linebackers coach, filled in for the ill Mike McCarthy and coached Team Irvin. Kansas City's Andy Reid led Team Rice. A record 47 players declined to participate in this year's Pro Bowl, either due to injury or for personal reasons, or couldn't play because their teams are in the Super Bowl. Carolina had 10 players selected, including quarterback Cam Newton, while Denver had four, including defensive stars Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Wilson was the lone quarterback originally selected to participate in the game. "Any time you have the opportunity to play the great game of football, you take advantage of the opportunity," Wilson said. "Playing in the Pro Bowl is a special thing because to be able to see all the amazing players across the league, who are the best players in the world and to be able to play on one field together is a really, really cool thing." Bennett was busy on defense, but played one snap at quarterback late in the game and picked up 7 yards on a rush. The 6-foot-4, 274-pound defensive said it was his first experience under center in his career. "Only in my dreams," Bennett said with a laugh. Two other Seahawks players mixed it up midway through the third quarter when Team Irvin's Richard Sherman — a cornerback — was dropped for a 22-yard loss on a reverse by Team Rice linebacker Bobby Wagner. "He said that he knew what he was going to do," Sherman said. "He knew I was getting the ball and he knew he was making the tackle." Minnesota's Teddy Bridgewater and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston each added two TD passes for Team Irvin. Jacksonville's Allen Robinson, Tennessee's Delanie Walker, Philadelphia's Darren Sproles and Houston's DeAndre Hopkins had scoring receptions. Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce caught two scoring passes for Team Rice. Miami's Jarvis Landry also had a TD catch, and Tampa Bay's Doug Martin ran for a score. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the New York Giants had two of Team Irvin's six interceptions. After Kelce's 4-yard reception from Manning gave Team Rice a 7-0 lead, Jones tip-toed the left sideline just after hauling in Wilson's pass near the back corner of the end zone for a 14-yard score. Kelce caught the second of his two TDs on a 10-yard pass from Oakland's Derek Carr to cut Team Rice's deficit to 21-14. The Chiefs star, who signed a five-year, $46 million contract extension on Friday, tied Martin with a game-high five catches for 91 yards. Team Irvin added a score late in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater to Sproles to hold a 28-14 lead after two quarters. The halftime festivities included a parade of local high school football players. Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, a Honolulu native, led his alma mater, Saint Louis School, onto the field during the procession and was greeted by loud cheers from the sellout crowd of 50,000. It was the 35th time the NFL's annual all-star game was played at Aloha Stadium dating to 1980, and the third consecutive season that it has used an "unconferenced" format. The game was played at in Glendale, Arizona, last year. The site of next year's Pro Bowl has not yet been determined by the NFL, although it does have an option to return to Hawaii. Martin helped Team Rice cut the deficit to 28-21 in the third quarter with a 3-yard run early in the third quarter. But Team Irvin put the game away with three straight TDs: a 50-yard catch by Robinson from Bridgewater, a 53-yard reception by Walker from Winston and a 7-yarder by Hopkins, also thrown by Winston. Landry caught a 31-yard TD pass from Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor with 6:05 remaining in the game. Taylor was intercepted three times overall. Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert appeared to injure a foot during the game while diving for a pass for Team Irvin. It was the final game of Oakland safety Charles Woodson's 18-year career. He was escorted by his two young sons off the field to rousing cheers from the fans that remained. "I really got all the emotions out of the way a few weeks back, but this one is just the icing on the cake for me to be able to make the Pro Bowl, be able to bring my family over here and hang out in Hawaii," Woodson said. "It's been great." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 31, 2016
Signing day is Wednesday, and plenty of Oklahoma recruits are undecided where they want to play college football.
The Oklahoman's Super 30: State's top two prospects still uncommitted
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 31, 2016National Signing Day for high school football players is Wednesday, and with more than 60 Oklahoma players holding Division I scholarship offers, it looks to be one of the busiest signing days the state has seen. Here is The Oklahoman's fifth and final edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, OL, John Marshall, 6-5, 350 Likely to announce his decision on signing day, Moore is looking hardest at OU and OSU, with Alabama and maybe a couple others still in the picture as well. 2. Calvin Bundage, DB, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 200 Bundage has taken all of his visits and said his top five — OSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan and Oregon — but Arkansas also remains heavily involved. 3. Terry Wilson, QB, Del City, 6-3, 190 Wilson signed a financial aid agreement with the Ducks in December and plans to enroll when their spring semester begins in March. 4. Joshua Jacobs, RB, Tulsa McLain, 5-10, 200 The most intriguing prospect on this list the last month, Jacobs exploded after rushing for 2,700 yards as a senior. He has offers from OU, Alabama, Missouri and a few others, and was expected to make trips to Missouri and Alabama over the weekend. 5. Tyler Brown, OL, Lexington, 6-6, 315 The former TCU commitment remains firmly committed to OSU, a place he said he prefers due to having friends already there attending school. 6. Jon-Michael Terry, LB, Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 OU was the first to offer him nearly a year ago, and he promptly committed. His prospects for early playing time are intriguing with the Sooners' vacancies at LB. 7. Dillon Stoner, WR, Jenks, 6-0; 180 A player who simply made plays on offense, defense or special teams, Stoner could excel once he's locked into one role on the Cowboys' receiving corps. 8. Logan Roberson, OL, Harrah, 6-5, 320 Roberson signed a financial aid agreement with OU in December and has already enrolled in Norman, looking to make an early impact up front. 9. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 A long-time Boise State commitment, Wilson recently flipped to Missouri, where his father, Curtis, played in the 1980s. 10. Justice Hill, RB, Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 OSU snagged Hill early, and held onto him, despite pursuit from Houston and others. His versatile style is well-suited for the Cowboys' offense. 11. Noah Jones, DE, Southmoore, 6-5, 250 His powerful lower body makes the Texas Tech commit an intriguing prospect once he gets to Lubbock. 12. Austin Quillen, DB, Jenks, 6-0, 190 A linebacker at Jenks, Quillen shifts to a more natural defensive back spot at Vanderbilt. Also had offers from Iowa, Arizona, Washington State and others. 13. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 Decommitted from Arkansas State last month and says he's looking hardest at Nebraska, Memphis and Tulsa as he takes his decision down to the wire. 14. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 The big man remains committed to Tulsa, where he was scheduled to visit over the weekend. 15. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-1, 230 Ideally built to be a middle linebacker, McKinney is Kansas State's only Okie commit in this year's class. 16. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-2, 230 The big, powerful back turned heads with a strong senior season, and ultimately flipped his commitment from SMU to Louisville. 17. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170 Opponents avoided him much of the season, and he could have a chance for early playing time at Kansas. 18. Jace Webb, OL, Hollis, 6-4, 310 A powerful run blocker in the Hollis offense that keeps the ball almost exclusively on the ground, but his athleticism will help him adapt to pass blocking at Wyoming. 19. Alex Criddle, OL/DL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 Previously committed to Tulane, Criddle flipped to Purdue in December. 20. Jackson Winrow, WR, Shawnee, 6-2, 180 Winrow makes his debut on the list after a breakout senior season with more than 1,000 yards and 12 TDs. He recently committed to Vanderbilt after an official visit to Nashville. 21. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 Brown remains committed to Tulsa despite offers from Arkansas State, Navy, Southern Mississippi, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech and Wyoming. 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 The playmaker recently became Oklahoma-native Seth Littrell's first Oklahoma commitment at North Texas since he took the job. 23. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 210 One of three Oklahoma players committed to Wyoming, Garrett is currently the only quarterback in the Cowboys' signing class. 24. Taven Birdow, RB, Altus, 6-1, 215 The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year has narrowed his choices down to Air Force and Navy. 25. Blake Williams, TE, Mustang, 6-5, 225 Sidelined much of his career by illness, Williams earned offers from North Carolina and Illinois, while drawing attention from several other schools this season. 26. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 220 Hogan has mostly remained quiet about his recruiting, though he quit basketball to focus on getting prepared for the future. Has offers from Tulsa, Ohio, Wyoming, Arkansas State and Colorado State. 27. K.J. Wells, ATH, Idabel, 6-4, 185 A prolific playmaker, Wells had verbally committed to Wyoming over seven other Division I offers — including OSU and TCU — but recently switched to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. 28. Chandler Anthony, OL, Tuttle, 6-7, 285 After missing his junior season with an injury, Anthony returned and garnered five Division I offers. He recently committed to Illinois State. 29. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 The Highlanders' leader verbally committed to Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, choosing the Warhawks over Arkansas State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Utah State. 30. Nyc Burns, QB, Berryhill, 6-5, 180 Burns burst onto the scene this season — his only as a starting quarterback — and plans to be a preferred walk-on at OSU, turning down multiple Division I scholarship offers.
Jan 30, 2016
With National Signing Day fast approaching, high school players have been making their college decisions at a rapid rate lately.
High school notebook: Mustang's Roberts, Del City's Talley announce college choices
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 30, 2016With National Signing Day fast approaching, high school players have been making their college decisions at a rapid rate lately. After taking official visits to Rhode Island and New Mexico State, Mustang tight end Bryce Roberts settled on the latter to continue his football career. And Del City receiver Sean Talley has committed to Emporia State in Kansas. Roberts, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior, is a prototypical tight end with the ability to be used as a pass-catcher or blocker. Talley, 6 feet, 180 pounds, has a good mix of speed and elusiveness. He joins Emporia State as it is coming off its best season in school history, reaching the Division II quarterfinals, with several Oklahomans playing key roles. DEER CREEK'S KADEN POLCOVICH COMMITS TO OU BASEBALL Deer Creek infielder Kaden Polcovich grew up a Florida fan, but he recently found a better fit for his future. The junior switch-hitting middle infielder verbally committed to play baseball at Oklahoma this week. “It just felt right,” Polcovich said. “I love the coaching staff and all of the improvements they're making. I saw a place I could come in right away and help the program.” Polcovich's parents Kevin and Lisa were both athletes at Florida. Kevin played baseball and was drafted in the 30th round of the MLB Draft in 1992. He played 165 games over two seasons with Pittsburgh. Kaden said he's ready to take the next step to follow his father. “It's really awesome because I have someone to look up to and teach me the game the right way,” he said. “That's really what I want to do is make him proud and also do it for myself because that's a dream of mine.” Lisa played volleyball for the Gators and is now Deer Creek's volleyball coach. Kaden had a strong sophomore season in which he batted .306 with three home runs, eight doubles, two triples and 24 RBIs. He also had interest from Arizona and West Virginia. NFHS NAMES STATE, REGIONAL COACHING AWARDS The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2015 Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma and regionally. The coach of the year awards are given for appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The regional awards are part of Section 6 Awards. The Southwest Section is made up of Oklahoman, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico. Seven state award winners also won regional awards. They are: Baseball: Todd Boyer, Shawnee; Boys soccer: Zach Stephens, Deer Creek; Boys cross country: Jim Coleman, Chisholm; Boys tennis: Brian Bogert, Heritage Hall; Girls tennis: Ronnie Acebo, Jenks; Girls swimming: Chad Englehart, Bartlesville; Girls basketball: Totsy Manning, Deer Creek The additional state winnners: Boys basketball: Bruce Harrington, Lawton Eisenhower; Football: Jared McCoy, Metro Christian; Wrestling: Weston Harding, Collinsville; Spirit: Jill Folsom, Newcastle; Girls golf: Mike Gowens, Purcell; Boys golf: Kelly Parsons, Shawnee; Volleyball: Tanna Smith, Jenks; Softball: Lindsey Mudgett, Choctaw; Girls cross country: Matthew Appleman, Marietta; Boys track and field: Steve Hickman, Cherokee; Girls track and field: Scott Reed, Vinita; Girls soccer: Michael Wilson, Glenpool.
The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2015 Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma and regionally. The coach of the year awards are given for appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The regional awards are part of Section 6 Awards. The Southwest Section is made up of Oklahoman, Colorado, Texas,...
NFHS names Oklahoma, regional coaches of the year
Jacob Unruh | Jan 29, 2016The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2015 Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma and regionally. The coach of the year awards are given for appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The regional awards are part of Section 6 Awards. The Southwest Section is made up of Oklahoman, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico. Here are the regional winners: Baseball: Todd Boyer, Shawnee Boys soccer: Zach Stephens, Deer Creek Boys cross country: Jim Coleman, Chisholm Boys tennis: Brian Bogert, Heritage Hall Girls tennis: Ronnie Acebo, Jenks Girls swimming: Chad Englehart, Bartlesville Girls basketball: Totsy Manning, Deer Creek Here are the state winnners: Boys basketball: Bruce Harrington, Lawton Eisenhower Football: Jared McCoy, Metro Christian Wrestling: Weston Harding, Collinsville Spirit: Jill Folsom, Newcastle Girls golf: Mike Gowens, Purcell Boys golf: Kelly Parsons, Shawnee Volleyball: Tanna Smith, Jenks Softball: Lindsey Mudgett, Choctaw Girls cross country: Matthew Appelman, Marietta Boys track and field: Steve Hickman, Cherokee Girls track and field: Scott Reed, Vinita Girls soccer: Michael Wilson
Jan 27, 2016
Jacobs is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back with speed, power and elusiveness. He played quarterback for McLain this past season, but that was mostly just a title, because he was the guy taking the snap from center.
Prep Parade: Joshua Jacobs is an 11th-hour recruiting name to know
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Jan 27, 2016National Signing Day for football players is Wednesday, less than a week away, and at this point in the process, you don't see a lot of new scholarship offers going out to seniors. Most of that has been done by now, and college coaches are just making their final pitches to uncommitted kids. But Tulsa McLain running back prospect Joshua Jacobs is one of the exceptions to that rule. Jacobs' recruiting has exploded in recent weeks, most notably with Oklahoma and Missouri offering him on Tuesday. Oklahoma State brought him up for a visit last weekend and Alabama has been sniffing around. Jacobs is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back with speed, power and elusiveness. He played quarterback for McLain this past season, but that was mostly just a title, because he was the guy taking the snap from center. It was more of a full-time Wildcat offense, designed to put the ball in Jacobs' hands and letting him work his magic. In doing so, he turned in a spectacular season, rushing for 2,704 — second-most in the state in any class — with 31 touchdowns on just 179 carries, for an average of 15.1 per rush. As a high school player, he was a virtual unknown across the state in September. From a recruiting perspective, he didn't really begin to emerge until late November. But over the next six days, recruiting followers will want to keep an eye on him, and if you haven't seen his highlight reel, it's worth a Google. COACHING CAROUSEL BEGINNING TO TURN? Most football teams have been finished for more than two months now, and it's been relatively quiet on the coaching change front. Last year, it was the big-school ranks of Class 6A Division I that saw some of the more notable coaching changes, at places like Norman North, Edmond Santa Fe, Yukon and Putnam City. So far, Class 5A looks to be the intriguing class to watch this offseason. Del City is the biggest local opening out there, following Nick Warehime's resignation last month. The Eagles are losing a couple of Division I players in quarterback Terry Wilson and lineman Walter Watson, but there is some young talent in the stable. There are two other job openings that become more interesting because both schools were in 6A-II last fall, but will be dropping down to 5A for the next two years. Lawton Eisenhower has been open since mid-November, and Claremore came open three weeks ago. Both jobs should draw good applicants, considering the schools have had solid athletic success, and should be playoff contenders at the 5A level. Lawton Ike has been mired in 6A for a while, but Claremore won 17 games in 2012-13 the last time it was a 5A program. YUKON CELEBRATING ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS' Yukon will recognize its past state champion boys basketball teams, and their coach at a special Night of Champions Friday when the Millers host Edmond Memorial. Players from the 1974 and 1979 state title teams are returning to honor their coach, Leroy Estes, who retired one day after winning the last title because of health reasons. He died of Leukemia in 1982. Estes won 171 games at Yukon and 378 in his career, also winning a Class B state title at Deer Creek in 1970. The girls game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow at 7:30. UNIQUE TWO-SPORT ACHIEVEMENT Earlier this month, Victory Christian senior Keats Calhoon reached the 1,000-point mark for his basketball career, which is a significant mark. Last fall, Calhoon surpassed the 10,000-yard mark for his career as a quarterback — and that's quite a bit more significant. He's only the third player in state history to reach that mark, and stands second on the state's all-time list for passing yards behind Locust Grove's Mason Fine. When you put his two milestone marks together, Calhoon stands alone as the only player in state history to throw for 10,000 yards and score 1,000 points. OSSAA CONDUCTING BASEBALL UMPIRE CLINICS The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is conducting two baseball umpire clinics in February. Each session includes classroom and on-field instruction for beginning umpire fundamental skills and veteran umpire three-man mechanics. Each clinic costs $10 for OSSAA-enrolled umpires and $30 for all others enrolled by Feb. 1. The price increases $5 for each umpire for registration after Feb. 1. Enrollment is at www.ossaa.com on the officials page. The first clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, at Tulsa Union from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Mike Sexton at 918-916-9960 or Gene Lewellen at 918-758-8222. The second clinic is Saturday, Feb. 27, at Heritage Hall from 9.a.m-2 p.m. For more information, contact Roger Adair at 405-613-5477 or Doug McClure at 405-414-0293. Jacob Unruh contributed to this report.
Jan 26, 2016
Duck coaches were at Edmond Santa Fe, checking in on uncommitted linebacker prospect Calvin Bundage.
Recruiting: Could Oregon steal more of Oklahoma's top recruits?
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Jan 26, 2016EDMOND — Several Oregon football coaches were in Oklahoma, pounding a recruiting path that has suddenly become popular for them. Duck coaches were at Edmond Santa Fe, checking in on uncommitted linebacker prospect Calvin Bundage. They swung by John Marshall to talk to the Bears' beast of an offensive lineman, 6-foot-5, 350-pound Tramonda Moore, as well as his junior teammate, defensive back Justin Broiles. Twenty miles southeast of there, the Ducks have one of the three quarterback commitments they've secured. Del City's Terry Wilson signed a financial aid agreement in December and is expected to enroll for Oregon's spring semester, which begins in March. And if the Ducks keep gobbling up Oklahoma's top prospects, you can bet coach Mark Helfrich will be dispatching his assistants to the Sooner State more and more. With Oklahoma and Oklahoma State heavily pursuing Moore, and the Cowboys also in on Bundage, an Oregon overthrow would hit the state schools hard. Moore, Bundage and Wilson represent the top three players on The Oklahoman's Super 30 rankings of the state's football prospects in the 2016 class. Interestingly, all three players have become close friends during the recruiting process. And almost every time they're together, Wilson starts working for his future school to recruit his friends. “We're very close,” Bundage said of the trio of recruits. “We hang out almost every weekend. “Usually Terry brings (Oregon) up. We talk about football in general, where we think the best fit is for all of us.” It's unusual to see Oregon recruiting Oklahoma. It's been 10 years since they signed someone from a state high school, and that was via the junior-college route. Oregon signed two Northeastern Oklahoma A&M players in 2006, one originally from Texas, and the other was Stillwater product Jeremy Gibbs. Helfrich has been a little more prone to look at Okies, jumping into the mix for Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali last year. Bundage, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder who played safety at Santa Fe but projects as a linebacker, is looking strongly at the Ducks. On Tuesday night, Bundage listed his top five schools as Oklahoma State, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and Michigan. “They're definitely in my top five,” he said pf Oregon. “The whole staff came up (Monday) to see me. They're really high. I mean, I like them a lot.” Bundage visited Arkansas over the weekend. He also took official visits to Arizona and Arizona State. He plans to announce his decision on Feb. 3, National Signing Day. Moore, the state's most highly recruited player with offers from several of the country's top programs, does not yet have an official offer from Oregon, and likewise, his interest in the Ducks is waning. “I haven't been there, but I'm not sure it sounds like the right place for me,” he said. Moore was scheduled to take a visit to Alabama over the weekend, but family issues caused him to cancel. He's considering a possible trip there this week. “I'm really strong on OU and OSU,” said Moore, whose cousin, Tracy Moore, recently played receiver for the Cowboys. “I'm really high on my state schools, but it's hard to ignore Alabama, so they're still in there.”
Jan 19, 2016
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's search for a scholarship quarterback in its 2016 class took a minor hit late Monday when Devon Modster (Tesoro High School, Calif.) announced he was verbally committing to UCLA. Modster received an OSU scholarship offer shortly after rescinding his pledge to Arizona last month, joining Keondre Wudtee (Parkway High School, La.) and Tony Polijan (Catholic Central...
Oklahoma State football: Six quarterbacks the Cowboys might be interested in for their 2016 class
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 19, 2016STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's search for a scholarship quarterback in its 2016 class took a minor hit late Monday when Devon Modster (Tesoro High School, Calif.) announced he was verbally committing to UCLA. Modster received an OSU scholarship offer shortly after rescinding his pledge to Arizona last month, joining Keondre Wudtee (Parkway High School, La.) and Tony Polijan (Catholic Central High School, Mich.) as decommitted quarterbacks with OSU offers after longtime Cowboy quarterback pledge Nick Starkel (Liberty Christian High School, Texas) reopened his options. With Wudtee and Polijan yet to announce their decisions, where does OSU turn from here? Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich's Twitter profile might lend a clue. Here are six 2016 quarterbacks Yurcich recently followed, proving at least an inkling of interest from the Cowboys, despite none currently having OSU scholarship offers. Lindsey Scott Jr. (Zachary High School, La.) — Decommitted from Syracuse Size: 6-foot, 205-pounds. Rivals rating: Three stars. Style: Dual threat. Scholarship offers include: Harvard, LSU, Maryland, Rutgers and Air Force. Ian Book (Oak Ridge High School, Calif.) — Committed to Notre Dame Size: 6-foot, 193-pounds. Rivals rating: Three stars. Style: Pro style. Scholarship offers include: Boise State, Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV and Washington State. Jordan Love (Liberty High School, Calif.) — Committed to Utah State Size: 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Rivals rating: Two stars. Style: Dual threat. Scholarship offers include: Eastern Washington, Northern Colorado, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State. Peyton Ramsey (Elder High School, Ohio) — Committed to Indiana Size: 6-foot-3, 190-pounds. Rivals rating: Two stars. Style: Pro style. Scholarship offers include: Boston College, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Illinois and Wake Forest. Garret Morell (Lee County High School, Ga.) — Committed to Marshall Size: 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. Rivals rating: Two stars. Style: Pro style. Scholarship offers include: Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss and Troy. Gunnar Hoak (Coffman High School, Ohio) — Committed to Kentucky Size: 6-foot-4, 192-pounds. Rivals rating: Three stars. Style: Pro style. Scholarship offers include: Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Kent State and Toledo. UTSA TO HIRE ERIC HENDERSON AS DEFENSIVE LINE COACH OSU defensive quality control coach Eric Henderson will be hired as defensive line coach at UTSA, per a source. Henderson, who joined the program in 2013 as a graduate assistant, was among the key forces in establishing a southeastern recruiting pipeline to OSU. The Cowboys landed 11 players from the combined states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia from 2013 to 2015 after signing just three players from the region between 2010 and 2012. For its 2016 class, the Cowboys currently have verbal commitments from cornerback Rodarius Williams (Calvary Baptist, Louisiana) and linebacker Devin Harper (Karns, Tennessee). Henderson was a three-time All-ACC defensive end at Georgia Tech from 2003 to 2005 where his position coach was current OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. Henderson also spent three years with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free-agent. UTSA hired former LSU assistant Frank Wilson last week after reportedly considering Spencer for the job. FootballScoop.com was the first to report Henderson's addition to the staff. GUNDY PLEASED WITH DEFENSIVE LINE DEPTH ENTERING 2016 OSU enters the 2016 season without both its starting defensive ends from a season ago, but don't expect much panic from coach Mike Gundy. It's unknown if the Cowboys' four sophomore-to-be defensive ends — Jarrell Owens, Jordan Brailford, Trey Carter and Cole Walterscheid — can match the production of Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean. But each possesses the frame to potentially fill their shoes. “Size wise,” Gundy said, “they are further along than what we've had." Before another offseason working with strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass, Owens checked in at 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, Brailford at 6-3 and 240 pounds, Carter at 6-4 and 267 pounds, and Walterscheid at 6-6 and 242 pounds. In reserve roles, Brailford and Owens combined for 34 tackles, four sacks and five quarterback hurries, and appear in line to start next fall. Carter tallied one tackle, and Walterscheid missed most of 2015 with injury. “Walterscheid should develop,” Gundy said. “We need to get Trey Carter to develop there as a backup." However, the strength of the defensive line will undoubtedly be inside. OSU returns starting defensive tackles Vincent Taylor and Maile Motekiai, along with reserves Darrion Daniels and Eric Davis. The Cowboys also bring back Vili Leveni, slated to start at defensive tackle last season before tearing an Achillies over the summer.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The University of Texas at San Antonio has hired LSU assistant Frank Wilson to replace former head coach Larry Coker.The school made the announcement Friday. Wilson was running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers, who had a Heisman Trophy candidate in Leonard Fournette.The 42-year-old Wilson spent six seasons with LSU after one year as receivers coach at...
UTSA hires LSU assistant Frank Wilson as head coach
Associated Press | Jan 15, 2016SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The University of Texas at San Antonio has hired LSU assistant Frank Wilson to replace former head coach Larry Coker. The school made the announcement Friday. Wilson was running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers, who had a Heisman Trophy candidate in Leonard Fournette. The 42-year-old Wilson spent six seasons with LSU after one year as receivers coach at Tennessee. He also coached at Southern Miss and Mississippi. After one year as a student assistant at his alma matter, Nicholls State, Wilson was a high school coach in his native New Orleans. Larry Coker started the program in 2009 and spent five seasons there before resigning Jan. 5. He won a national title at Miami in 2001. ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana athletic director Fred Glass liked the direction coach Kevin Wilson took the football program over the past five seasons.So he's giving Wilson a chance to finish the job.Less than two months after the Hoosiers ended an eight-year bowl drought, Wilson signed a six-year contract that will pay him $15.3 million. It replaces the final two years on the deal Wilson...
Hoosiers reward football coach with new 6-year contract
By MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Jan 11, 2016INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana athletic director Fred Glass liked the direction coach Kevin Wilson took the football program over the past five seasons. So he's giving Wilson a chance to finish the job. Less than two months after the Hoosiers ended an eight-year bowl drought, Wilson signed a six-year contract that will pay him $15.3 million. It replaces the final two years on the deal Wilson originally signed after the 2010 season and will keep him in Bloomington through the 2021 season. There had been growing speculation about Wilson's future late last season after Indiana looked like it would miss out on the postseason again following losses to the Big Ten's two division champions, Michigan State and Iowa, last year's national champion, Ohio State, and conference contender Michigan. But as concerns grew among the fan base, Glass became increasingly optimistic about where Indiana was going. Winning the final two conference games on the road to become bowl-eligible only cemented his decision. "I will tell you after we played so well against those four top-10 or close to top-10 teams, I won't say we arrived but we were so competitive against those prominent teams that if those last two games hadn't gone the way they did, we might have ended up in the same place we are today (with Wilson)," Glass told The Associated Press. Wilson's less-than-stellar 20-41 record and 8-32 mark in league play wasn't a deterrent, either. When Glass hired Wilson, he said he would be patient with this team, noting it would take years for the Hoosiers to complete a major rebuilding project. Under Wilson, the Hoosiers have made steady progress. They went from one win in 2011 to 6-7 mark last season with three of the four losses to the ranked teams coming in either the final minutes of regulation or overtime. Indiana also lost in overtime to Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl. In addition, Wilson has beaten Purdue three straight times — the Hoosiers' longest winning streak in the rivalry since the 1940s — and he's had three players declare early for the NFL draft over the past two years. That was enough to convince Glass that Wilson needed a longer deal to avoid the negativity about Wilson's future that could be used against him on the recruiting trail. "I think it was important to do that for that reason and also to reinforce our commitment to Kevin and our commitment to football," Glass said. "I think it represents another significant investment in improving Indiana football." Glass said the only reason the announcement didn't come sooner was because Wilson was busy with bowl preparations and recruiting. He said both men wanted to complete the deal before Monday night's national championship game. Wilson already has signed two highly-touted junior college transfers, including quarterback Richard Lagow of Plano, Texas, and he already has commitments from at least 10 high school players. But with a new contract, upgraded football facilities and renewed hope in the program, Indiana believes Wilson can continue to raise the profile of Indiana football nationally. "Coupled with an already solid foundation, this ensures stability as we continue to build a winning program in the Big Ten East," Wilson said in a statement. "The administration has shown a total commitment to our program development, continuity, staffing, recruiting and facilities, and has invested heavily in the development of and experience for our students. We are excited for the opportunity and embrace the challenge ahead." Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is the only other Big Ten coach signed through the 2021 season, Glass said, and Wilson is looking forward to the opportunity.
1972 — The longest winning streak in major professional sports is snapped when the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-104. The Lakers had won 33 straight, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 39 points gave Los Angeles its first loss since Oct. 31.1980 — Goaltender Jim Stewart, playing in his first and only game with the Boston Bruins, gives up three goals in the first four minutes of the...
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Jan 9, 20161972 — The longest winning streak in major professional sports is snapped when the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-104. The Lakers had won 33 straight, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 39 points gave Los Angeles its first loss since Oct. 31. 1980 — Goaltender Jim Stewart, playing in his first and only game with the Boston Bruins, gives up three goals in the first four minutes of the game and a total of five in the first period. He's replaced and never plays in the NHL again. 1982 — Joe Montana's third touchdown pass of the game, a 6-yarder to Dwight Clark, with 51 seconds remaining, lifts the San Francisco 49ers to 28-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC title game. 1998 — Michelle Kwan receives eight perfect 6.0s out of nine marks for artistry in the free skate to win her second U.S. Figure Skating Championship in three years. 2002 — Todd Eldredge wins his sixth U.S. Figure Skating Championships title. After skipping two seasons of competition, Eldredge edges defending champion Tim Goebel. 2004 — Michelle Kwan wins her seventh straight title and eighth overall at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Only one of the sport's greats, Maribel Vinson, has more U.S. championships, with nine. 2009 — Arizona, the lone NFC team not to make it to a conference championship game since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, gets to host its' first NFC championship game after a stunning 33-13 win at Carolina. 2010 — Karlos Dansby's 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown in overtime gives the Arizona Cardinals a 51-45 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the highest-scoring playoff game in NFL history. 2011 — Top-ranked Auburn beats No. 2 Oregon 22-19 in the BCS title game. Wes Byrum's 19-yard field goal with no time left — his sixth career game-winning field goal — caps off a perfect, 14-0 season. 2015 — North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz runs five yards for the winning touchdown about a minute after Tre Roberson's 58-yard run puts Illinois State ahead, and the Bison became the first team to win four straight FCS championships with a thrilling 29-27 victory. 2015 — Tom Brady sets a career record for postseason touchdown passes, leading New England back from two 14-point deficits for a 35-31 victory over Baltimore. Brady breaks Joe Montana's record with 46 postseason TD passes and the Patriots reaches their fourth straight AFC championship game. 1970 — The AFL wins its second straight Super Bowl as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 behind Len Dawson's superb quarterbacking and Jan Stenerud's three field goals. 1973 — The American League adopts the designated hitter rule. 1981 — Jim Plunkett completes 14 of 18 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Oakland Raiders to 34-27 victory over the San Diego Chargers for the AFC title. The Raiders are the first AFC wild-card team to advance to the Super Bowl. 1984 — The Denver Nuggets beats the San Antonio Spurs 163-155 in the highest scoring regulation-length NBA game. 1987 — Denver's John Elway leads the Broncos to a 23-20 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns to win the AFC Championship. Elway caps a 15-play, 98-yard march with a 5-yard TD pass to Mark Jackson to tie the game with 37 seconds remaining. Rich Karlis kicks a 33-yard field goal in overtime to give Denver the win. 1992 — Kristi Yamaguchi, runner-up the previous three years, wins her first title in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Christopher Bowman, the 1989 U.S. champion, wins the men's title. 1998 — Lleyton Hewitt, an Australian high school student ranked 550th, wins the Australian Men's Hardcourt Championship to become the lowest-ranked player to win an ATP Tour event. 2004 — Detroit allows 100 points for the first time this season, but the Pistons were still able to outlast Dallas 115-102. Detroit has its NBA-record streak of not allowing 100 points snapped at 38 games, including 36 this season. 2009 — Philadelphia, led by Donovan McNabb, eliminates the New York Giants 23-11 to reach the NFC title game for the fifth time in eight seasons. This is the first game in NFL history to finish 23-11. 2014 — LeGarrette Blount rushes for 166 yards and four touchdown as the New England beats Indianapolis 43-22 to advance to their third consecutive AFC championship game. Blount joins Ricky Watters, who had five touchdowns for San Francisco on Jan. 15, 1994, as the only players with four or more in a playoff game. 2014 — Gracie Gold wins her first U.S. figure skating title and 15-year-old Polina Edmunds finishes second. Charlie White and Meryl Davis win a record sixth straight U.S. ice dance title — one more than American ice dance pioneers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. 2014 — Alex Rodriguez is dealt the most severe punishment in the history of baseball's drug agreement when arbitrator Fredric Horowitz rules the New York Yankees third baseman is suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball. The decision cuts the suspension issued Aug. 5, 2013 by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig from 211 games. 2015 — Roger Federer beats the up-and-coming Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to register his 1,000th career match and win the Brisbane International. Federer is the third player to win 1,000 times on the men's professional tour' joining Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071). 2015 — Green Bay rallies from an 8-point deficit as Aaron Rodgers throws two second-half touchdowns to beat Dallas 26-21 in an NFC divisional-round playoff. The Packers, helped immensely by a video reversal with 4:06 remaining, go undefeated at Lambeau Field this season. Dez Bryant's leaping catch at the Packers 1 on fourth-and-2 is reversed by referee Gene Steratore after Green Bay challenges. Instead of first-and-goal for Dallas, the ball goes to the Packers. 1951 — Ezzard Charles knocks out Lee Oma in the 10th round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the heavyweight title. 1958 — Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals sets an NBA record for career points in a 135-109 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Schayes scores 23 points to bring his career mark to 11,770, breaking the record of 11,764 held by George Mikan. 1958 — The NCAA rules committee makes the first change in football scoring rules since 1912 by adding the two-point conversion. 1960 — Syracuse's Dolph Schayes becomes the first player in NBA history to score 15,000 career points. 1969 — New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath "guarantees" a victory before the game against the 17-point favorite Baltimore Colts, then leads the AFL to its first Super Bowl victory, a 16-7 triumph over a Baltimore team that had lost only once in 16 games all season. 1975 — The Pittsburgh Steelers totally shut down Minnesota's offense, handing the Vikings their third Super Bowl defeat, 16-6. Franco Harris, the game's MVP, sets a Super Bowl rushing record with 158 yards. 1986 — Chicago's Denis Savard ties an NHL record for the fastest goal to start a period by scoring four seconds into the third period of the Blackhawks' 4-2 victory over the Hartford Whalers. 1991 — Princeton beats Cornell 164-71 in an unusual swimming meet. The schools agree to compete by telephone due to a blizzard making transportation to Ithaca, N.Y. a problem. Both teams swim in their owns pools and the results are exchanged by FAX. 2007 — Tadd Fujikawa, just shy of his 16th birthday, steals the show at the Sony Open. Fujikawa shoots a 4-under 66, making him the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour. 2008 — Tom Brady completes all but two of his 28 passes to lead New England to its second straight AFC championship game with a 31-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Patriots improve to 17-0, matching the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only team to go unbeaten from the first game of the season through the Super Bowl. 2008 — The Green Bay Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks 42-20 to reach the NFC championship game. Ryan Grant recovers from two fumbles that put the Packers down 14-0 after only four minutes. Grant sets a team postseason record by running for 201 yards, and scores three times. 2009 — Boston sets a club record with 22 points in overtime. Paul Pierce scores nine of his season-high 39 points in the overtime of the 115-109 win over Toronto. The Celtics better the mark set on Jan. 2, 1963, when it outscored the San Francisco Warriors 21-6 in a 135-120 win. 2012 — Dwight Howard breaks Wilt Chamberlain's nearly 50-year-old NBA record for most free throw attempts in a game, making 21 of 39 in the Orlando Magic's 117-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Chamberlain shot 34 for the Philadelphia Warriors against St. Louis on Feb. 22, 1962. 2013 — Colin Kaepernick rushes for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and throws two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay. 2013 — Joe Flacco throws a 70-yard game-tying touchdown to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation, helping send it into overtime and Baltimore beats Denver in the second extra period, 38-35. Trindon Holliday of the Broncos scores on a 90-yard punt return the first time Denver touches the ball and returns the second-half kickoff 104 yards to become the first player to score on a kick and punt return in the same playoff game. Both are playoff records for longest returns, as is the 248 total return yards he had. 2014 — Jeremy Abbott wins his fourth U.S. figure skating title. Teenager Jason Brown finishes second and defending champion Max Aaron places third. 2015 — Ezekiel Elliott rushes for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State wins the first national title in college football's playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20. 1962 — Wilt Chamberlain scores an NBA regulation-game record 73 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 135-117 triumph over the Chicago Packers. 1971 — Lenny Wilkens of the Seattle Supersonics, at 33, becomes the oldest All-Star MVP as he scores 21 points to give the West a 108-107 victory over the East. 1974 — The Miami Dolphins win their second straight Super Bowl in their third straight appearance with a 24-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Larry Csonka, the game's MVP, gains 145 yards on 33 carries and scores a touchdown. 1986 — NCAA schools vote overwhelmingly in favor of adopting the controversial Proposition 48. The rule requires that incoming freshman maintain 2.0 grade point averages and score 700 or more on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or a 15 on the American College Testing program. 1987 — Lewis Lloyd and Mitchell Wiggins of the Houston Rockets become the third and fourth National Basketball Association players to be banned from the league for using cocaine. 1991 — Phil Mickelson overcomes an 8 on the 14th hole to become the second amateur since 1954 to win a PGA Tour event as he posts a one-shot victory over Bob Tway and Tom Purtzer in the Northern Telecom Open. 1995 — America3, the first all-women's team in the 144-year history of America's Cup, wins the first race of the America's Cup defender trials, beating Team Dennis Conner by 1 minute, 9 seconds. 1997 — Spain's Carlos Moya becomes the first man to knock out the defending champion in the opening round of a Grand Slam event in 20 years. After 3 1-2 hours of brutal heat, Moya beats Boris Becker 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at the Australian Open. 2003 — Jennifer Capriati becomes the first women's Australian Open defending champion to lose in the first round in the Open era. Capriati, seeded third, loses 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 to 90th-ranked Marlene Weingartner of Germany. 2006 — Larry Brown becomes the fourth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 regular-season games as New York beats Atlanta 105-94. Brown, 1,000-762 in 23 seasons in the NBA, joins Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson and Pat Riley in the 1,000-win club. 2010 — Kobe Bryant nails a game-winning jumper with 28 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-95 victory over Dallas. The Lakers become the first NBA team to reach 3,000 wins. 2013 — Matt Bryant kicks a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left and the Atlanta Falcons bounce back after blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, defeating Seattle 30-28 in an NFC divisional playoff game. The Falcons lead 27-7 at the start of the final quarter before rookie quarterback Russell Wilson leads the Seahawks to three fourth-quarter touchdowns and a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds left. 2013 — Tom Brady becomes the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns to beat Houston 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC championship game. Brady gets his 17th victory, surpassing Joe Montana, by throwing for 344 yards. 1943 — Montreal's Alex Smart scores three goals in his first NHL game and leads the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks. 1962 — Margaret Smith wins her third straight Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jan Lehane. 1968 — The Green Bay Packers win their second straight Super Bowl. The game draws the first $3 million gate in football history. Bart Starr, the game's MVP, completes 13 of 24 passes for 202-yards. 1973 — The Miami Dolphins, who went 14-0 in the regular season and won two playoff games, beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in the Super Bowl to become the only undefeated team in NFL history. 1990 — Joe Montana sets an NFL record when he tosses his 30th and 31st postseason touchdown passes as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams 30-3 in the NFC championship game. Terry Bradshaw had thrown 30. 1990 — John Elway passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns as the Denver Broncos advance to their fourth Super Bowl with a 37-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Championship. 2001 — Led by Kerry Collins' five touchdown passes, the New York Giants reach their first Super Bowl in a decade with a 41-0 romp past the hapless Minnesota Vikings — the biggest rout in NFC championship history. 2003 — Pat Summitt becomes the first women's college basketball coach to win 800 Division I games when her Tennessee Lady Vols beat DePaul 76-57. 2006 — Johnny Weir win's his third straight title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and Sasha Cohen takes the women's division. 2007 — In Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Kildow captures the top two places in a World Cup super-combi and Resi Stiegler just misses making it an American sweep. The 1-2-4 finish is a first for American women in a World Cup alpine skiing event. 2012 — Tom Brady throws for a record-tying six touchdown passes, five in the first half and three to Rob Gronkowski, to lead the New England Patriots to a 45-10 win over Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. 2012 — Alex Smith completes a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left just after Drew Brees put the high-powered Saints ahead, and the resurgent San Francisco 49ers capitalize on five New Orleans turnovers for a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory. 1965 — In one of the most notable trades in NBA history, the San Francisco Warriors deal Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash. 1967 — The NFL's Green Bay Packers open the Super Bowl series by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, 35-10. 1972 — Joe Frazier knocks out Terry Daniels in the fourth round at New Orleans to retain the world heavyweight title. 1978 — The Dallas Cowboys take advantage of eight Denver turnovers en route to a 27-10 victory over the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Butch Johnson's diving catch in the end zone completes a 45-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach and puts the Cowboys ahead 20-3 in the third quarter. 1990 — Golden State coach Don Nelson becomes the second man in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games as a player and coach as the Warriors dropped a 144-105 decision to the Indiana Pacers. Lenny Wilkens was the first to accomplish the feat. 1994 — Ricky Watters of San Francisco scores an NFL postseason-record five touchdowns as the 49ers beat the New York Giants 44-3. 1995 — San Diego linebacker Dennis Gibson twice knocks down passes in the end zone — the last one on fourth down — to preserve the Chargers' biggest NFL victory, a 17-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship. 1997 — Patrick Lalime becomes the first goalie since NHL expansion in 1967 to open his career with a 15-game unbeaten streak as Pittsburgh beats Hartford 3-0. 2000 — The Jacksonville Jaguars steamroll their way into the history books and the AFC championship game. In the second-most overpowering playoff performance ever, the Jaguars rout the Miami Dolphins 62-7. The 55-point margin is the second-largest in playoff history. 2001 — Peace College beats Bennett College 98-3 in women's college basketball as Bennett sets an NCAA Division III women's record for fewest points scored. 2004 — Michelle Wie shoots a respectable round of 2-over 72, leaving her nine strokes behind the leader after one round at the PGA Sony Open in Honolulu. Wie, 14, is believed to be the youngest player ever on the PGA Tour. 2005 — Michelle Kwan wins her ninth title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, tying Maribel Vinson for the all-time record. 2006 — Italian Giorgio Rocca wins his fifth consecutive slalom race, joining Alberto Tomba, Ingemar Stenmark and Marc Girardelli as the only men to accomplish the feat in a single season. 2007 — Gilbert Arenas makes a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a 51-point performance in Washington's 114-111 victory over Utah. 2011 — Kyle Kuric's lay-up with 4 seconds remaining caps a furious rally by No. 18 Louisville and the Cardinals stun Marquette 71-70. Louisville trails by 18 with 5:44 to go but close the game on a 24-5 run fueled by guard Preston Knowles. 2011 — Sixth-seeded Green Bay routs the Falcons 48-21 in Atlanta as Aaron Rodgers throws for three touchdowns and runs for one. The 48 points are the most for the Packers in a postseason game. 2012 — New York's Eli Manning throws three touchdown passes and the Giants shock the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in an NFC divisional playoff game. The Packers, 15-1 in the regular season, become the seventh consecutive Super Bowl champ not to advance to the Super Bowl the next year. 2014 — Anaheim steamrolls Vancouver 9-1 for its 18th victory in 19 games. The Ducks join the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams in league history to win 18 times in a 19-game span. 1962 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 42 points and grabs 24 rebounds as he won MVP honors even though his East team lost to the West 150-130 in the NBA All-Star game. The West's Bob Pettit pulls down an All-Star record 27 rebounds. 1972 — The Dallas Cowboys dominate the Miami Dolphins, setting a Super Bowl record of 252 yards rushing en route to a 24-3 victory. 1974 — Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mantle is elected in his first year of eligibility and Ford in his second year. 1988 — Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, the CBS NFL Today tout for 12 years, is fired for his racial comments during an interview the previous day with WRC-TV in Washington. 1993 — Kansas beats Louisville 98-77 for its 1,500th win in school history. 1993 — Michael Jordan scores 64 points, but Chicago is upended in overtime by visiting Orlando 128-124. The Magic are led by rookie center Shaquille O'Neal, who has 29 points and 24 rebounds. 1995 — Palm Beach millionaire Malcolm Glazer buys the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an estimated $192 million. 2000 — In the first home playoff game in St. Louis' 33-season NFL history, the Rams show their entire awesome repertoire in routing the Minnesota Vikings 49-37. Kurt Warner finishes 27-for-33 and sets team playoff records for yards passing (391) and TD throws (5). The Vikings score three desperate touchdowns in the dying moments, making it the second-highest scoring playoff game in NFL history. 2008 — Bob Knight becomes the first men's Division I coach with 900 wins when Texas Tech beats No. 10 Texas A&M 68-53. 2011 — New York Jets stun the New England Patriots 28-21. The Patriots — who had the league's best record during the regular season — suffer their third straight postseason loss. Mark Sanchez throws three touchdown passes, Tom Brady is sacked five times and the Jets advance to their second straight AFC championship game. 2012 — Top-ranked Syracuse beats Pittsburgh 71-63 to open the season with 20 straight wins, to set a school record for most consecutive victories to start a season. Boeheim extends his Division I record for most 20-win seasons to 34. 2015 — The NCAA restores 112 football wins it stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and reinstates the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history. The NCAA announces the new settlement with the school weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the sanctions imposed in 2012. END ADV
Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler...
High school football: The Oklahoman's All-State teams and honorable mentions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Jan 4, 2016Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Sr., Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Sr., Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Ty Hughes, Sr., Jones, 6-1, 285 DL: Tramonda Moore, Sr., John Marshall, 6-5, 350 DL: Jace Webb, Sr., Hollis, 6-4, 310 LB: Levi Draper, Jr., Collinsville, 6-3, 225 LB: Matt Harman, Jr., Cashion, 6-2, 195 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Sr., Oologah, 6-1, 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Sr., Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 DB: Jayden Benway, Sr., Altus, 6-0, 178 DB: B.J. Bradbury, Jr., Adair, 6-3, 190 DB: Tré Lang, Sr., Haskell, 6-0, 180 DB: Dillon Stoner, Sr., Jenks, 6-0, 180 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Dalton Witherspoon, Sr., Moore, 5-9, 160 P: Kevin Rassatt, Sr., Western Heights, 5-7, 170 KR: Roger Barcheers, Sr., Poteau, 5-9, 180 PR: A.J. Freeth, Sr., Wagoner, 6-2, 185 ------------------ SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Mason Fine, Sr., Locust Grove, 5-11, 170 RB: Justice Hill, Sr., Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 RB: Jamall Shaw, Sr., Broken Arrow, 5-10, 190 RB: Darran Williams, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 170 WR: Rubell Goe, Jr., McGuinness, 6-2, 185 WR: Josh Hampton, Sr., Cashion, 6-0, 185 OL: Chandler Anthony, Sr., Tuttle, 6-7, 295 OL: Grant Appelberg, Sr., Skiatook, 6-3, 295 OL: Tyler Banta, Sr., Carl Albert, 6-5, 280 OL: Isaac Barham, Sr., Bartlesville, 6-4, 280 OL: Jude Richardson, Sr., Norman North, 6-3, 280 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Noah Jones, Sr., Southmoore, 6-5, 250 DL: Brock Martin, Jr., Oologah, 6-3, 210 DL: Roc Robbins, Sr., Collinsville, 6-1, 220 LB: Mike Coats, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-2, 215 LB: Cole Dixon, Sr., Sand Springs, 6-1, 205 LB: Blake Landon, Sr., Deer Creek, 6-1, 210 LB: K.J. Lee, Jr., Wagoner, 6-1, 225 DB: Manny Bunch, Sr., Roland, 6-1, 180 DB: Calvin Bundage, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 195 DB: Joshua Jacobs, Sr., Tulsa McLain, 5-11, 200 DB: Lane Martin, Sr., Stratford, 6-0, 195 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Nathan Rushin, Jr., Duncan, 5-9, 160 P: Braxton Pickard, Sr., Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 195 KR: Maurice Wright, Sr., Luther, 6-1, 195 PR: Jason Pirtle, Sr., Locust Grove, 6-2, 195 HONORABLE MENTION Quarterbacks: Abe Anderson, Metro Christian; Jay Baker, Inola; Casey Base, Oologah; Alan Bentjen, Dewar; Matt Blackburn, Stratford; Rhett Boles, Tuttle; Kobe Brewster, Plainview; Baehler Buol, Noble; Nyc Burns, Berryhill; Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian; Gunnar Ewing, Hollis; Chandler Garrett, Mustang; Brandon George, Jones; Christian Gomez, Garber; Trey Gooch, Putnam City West; Tanner Griffin, Bixby; Gus Hall, Tecumseh; Grant Harmon, Lone Grove; Kyler Hensley, Mooreland; Braden Hudson, Putnam City; Ben Klutts, Poteau; Jack Lafferty, Watonga; Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian; Patrick McKaufman, Douglass; Bryan Mead, Rejoice Christian; Payton Metcalf, Hooker; Jacob Mullins, McGuinness; Mason Myers, Chandler; Michael Nolen, Meeker; Jake Northern, Coweta; Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Colton Penrod, Bartlesville; Matt Perry, Pauls Valley; Gage Porter, Elk City; Hunter Reed, Davenport; Luke Ring, Duncan; Malcolm Rodriguez, Wagoner; Caleb Scott, Destiny Christian; Clayton Sims, Deer Creek; Trevor Smith, Yukon; Ethan Spurlock, Mountain View-Gotebo; Tyler Stovall, Kingston; Casey Thompson, Southmoore; Jared Weathers, Coyle; Jace Welch, Keota; Terry Wilson, Del City; Matt Young, Turpin; Terrance Young, Cache. Running backs: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union; Tyrel Bell, Choctaw; Taylor Bentjen, Dewar; Traivon Bryant, Cleveland; Brandon Coszalter, Dibble; Justus Crites, Waukomis; Nathan Croslin, Purcell; Cody Eby, Adair; Christian Folks, Miami; Tucker Halstead, Minco; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Justin Hooper, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Tabor Johns, Hennessey; Cody Koger, Fairland; Devonte Lee, John Marshall; Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage; Blakely Liebmann, Cashion; Terrell Love, Heritage Hall; Kooper Marsh, Thomas; Anthony Myers, South Coffeyville; Jaestin Nelson, Seiling; Devin Pratt, Enid; Kyle Qualls, Stratford; Dake Reese, Seminole; Nic Roller, Bixby; Trystan Slinker, Cache; Caleb Smith, Bethel; Jake Standlee, Meeker; Rhyln Stephens, McAlester; Tyler Stuever, Washington; LaQurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial; O.J. Walker, Ardmore; Grant Ward, Cascia Hall; Dominique West, Davenport; Trevor White, Rejoice Christian; Dae Williams, Sapulpa. Receivers/tight ends: Levi Bagwell, Meeker; Justin Brown, Stillwater; Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower; Cade Cabbiness, Bixby; Matt Chancellor, McGuinness; Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City; Drew Dan, Checotah; Breyden DeSpain, Oologah; Caylen Enfield, Garber; Gavin Garner, Newcastle; Cade Harrelson, Davenport; Nikia Jones, Wagoner; Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek; Skye Lowe, Kingston; Brock Martin, Adair; Greg McCalister, Millwood; Adonis McGee, Lone Grove; Ronnie Moore, Destiny Christian; Mitchell Perkinson; Shayne Quick, Stigler; Dunya Rice, Southmoore; Diego Richards, Carl Albert; Christian Robinson, Noble; Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw; Matt Seratte, Cache; Sean Shaw, Jones; Austin Skelton, Poteau; Landon Stout, Bethany; Austin Taylor, Lindsay; Jaden Valles, Hooker; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee. Linemen: A.J. Armbruster, Clinton; Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North; Sheldon Barnes, Jenks; Alphones Bradford, Okemah; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall; Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud; Lonell Burris, Choctaw; Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison; Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville; Michelby Davis, Millwood; Worenn Davis, Midwest City; Bo Denny, El Reno; William Dominguez, Hilldale; Dorian Fagan Plainview; Wyatt Gassaway, Hilldale; Brent Girdner, Stilwell; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon; Allen Hammon, Millwood; Jacob Harrison, Seminole; Caleb Hash, Shawnee; Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford; Levi Herren, Cushing; Jackson Herring, Altus; Austin Hilton, McAlester; Riley Julian, Marlow; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow; Trenton Mannering, Thomas; Xavier Mason, Douglass; Trent McLaughlin, McAlester; Mason Minnix, Jenks; Hayden Moore, Duncan; DeWayne Rhodes, Luther; Jude Richardson, Norman North; Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Ry Schneider, Minco; Brandon Scott, Owasso; Caleb Scott, Rejoice Christian; Hunter Soap, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Kellen Stauder, Tulsa Union; Tre Towery, Westmoore; Mason Waldrop, Clinton; Walter Watson, Del City; Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Tristan Wilbanks, Davenport; Grant Wilkinson, Crossings Christian; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Beau Wooden, Skiatook; Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Jalen Yackeyonny, Cache; Lane Yoder, Adair. Linebackers: Demetrius Alston, Beaver; Landon Anderson, Stratford; Jarod Andrews, Washington; Austin Archey, Poteau; Pace Benefee, Carl Albert; Cole Broin, Plainview; Levi Cain, Lawton; Noah Canary-Vawter, Little Axe; Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Trae Davison, Hilldale; Baylor Feller, Altus; R.J. Goodman, Midwest City; Walker Graves, Adair; Kane Greco, Dibble; Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe; Alex Hix, Locust Grove; Dezmond Howard, Centennial; Quantez Jim, Stigler; Tanner Knox, Seminole; James Lewis, Tulsa Memorial; Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove; Dylan Morris, Mooreland; Austin Quillen, Jenks; Rowdy Reihs, Guthrie; Kyle Roberson, Wynnewood; Jacob Smith, OCS; Jacob Taber, Sand Springs; Trevor Taylor, Locust Grove; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary; Kyler Vannoster, Fairland; Kyler Wade, Stratford; Parker Williams, Blanchard; Skylar Williams, Westville; Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Kress Woodward, Bixby. Defensive backs: Baylor Boyd, Oklahoma Bible; Justin Broiles, John Marshall; Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Hunter Gnose, Skiatook; Paden Hayes, Kingston; Wyatt Hayes, Dibble; Ira Hurst, Bristow; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Austin Maine, Clinton; Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington; Mark Mincey, Healdton; Braeden O'Dell, Marlow; A.J. Parker, Bartlesville; Caleb Powell, OCA; Grant Powell, Stroud; Jordan Prince, Edmond North; Josh Proctor, Owasso; Kyle Sanders, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Aliik Sezer, Midwest City; Keyshawn Shells, John Marshall; Jensen Smith, Fairview; Sean Thompson, Choctaw; Hunter Voss, McGuinness; Hunger Webb, Okemah; Noah Wells, Putnam City North. Kickers: Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley; Gabe Barton, Altus; Laben Fisher, Skiatook; Butch Hampton, Piedmont; Zachary Haney, Tulsa Washington; Divontrey Johnson, Star Spencer; Jack Markmiller, OCS; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall; Parker Noble, Deer Creek; Landen Sailing, Owasso.
Following are the North Carolina prep football players and coaches nominated for The Associated Press 2015 postseason honors.Please select ONE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, ONE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND ONE COACH OF THE YEAR when casting your vote. NOTE that your player of the year selections must be on your all-state team.For the all-state team on offense, please select ONE QUARTERBACK,...
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Associated Press | Dec 28, 2015Following are the North Carolina prep football players and coaches nominated for The Associated Press 2015 postseason honors. Please select ONE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, ONE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND ONE COACH OF THE YEAR when casting your vote. NOTE that your player of the year selections must be on your all-state team. For the all-state team on offense, please select ONE QUARTERBACK, TWO RUNNING BACKS, THREE WIDE RECEIVERS, ONE TIGHT END and FIVE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN. For the all-state team on defense, please select FOUR LINEMEN, THREE LINEBACKERS and FOUR DEFENSIVE BACKS. For special teams, select ONE PLACE-KICKER, ONE PUNTER and ONE KICK RETURNER. In addition, please select ONE ATHLETE. Note that your selection for athlete CANNOT appear anywhere else on offense or defense on your ballot. However, your athlete selection can also appear at kick returner. Please choose only from the list of nominees. Write-in votes will not be counted. Ballots are due by MONDAY, DEC. 28 AT 8 P.M. by email. Please send your votes to Aaron Beard at email@example.com and Joedy McCreary at firstname.lastname@example.org. The all-state team will be released on TUESDAY, DEC. 29. The coach of the year will be named on WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30. The players of the year will be named THURSDAY, DEC. 31. It will typically be released between 2 and 4 p.m. If you have questions, contact Beard at email@example.com. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. ___ COACH OF THE YEAR JASON BATTLE, Rocky Mount — Team finished 14-2 with perfect conference record and the program's first state title since 1963. Fifth-year coach dealt with the aftermath of the death of a junior varsity player late in the season. MIKE BRODOWICZ, Charlotte Catholic — Led team to school's fifth unbeaten season at 15-0 and won the school's fourth state title, its first since 2005. Catholic had lost in four straight state finals appearances, including in 2014 during Brodowicz's rookie year. Has two-year record of 29-2. Conference coach of the year. WILL CLARK, Shelby Crest — First-year coach led team to 16-0 record and 3-AA championship, the program's second straight title. He had worked as defensive coordinator for Crest's 2014 title winner. Team handed 2-A champion Shelby its only loss. JONATHAN COBB, SouthWest Edgecombe — Led team to 13-2 record to tie school single-season record for wins. Third-year coach dealt with three season-ending injuries on the offensive line before the start of conference play. Team reached first regional final since expansion of playoff field. ROBERT CODY, Plymouth — Led team to 14-2 record and second championship in a run of four straight appearances in state finals. It was Plymouth's third straight 14-win season. RYAN GIESELMAN, Kinston — Led school to 15-1 record and school's second trip to a state championship game. School had previously never started better than 6-0 before winning its first 15 games. MIKE PALMIERI, Charlotte Mallard Creek — Led team to 14-2 record and a third straight 4-AA title, becoming only the fifth team in state history to do that. Team played through one of the toughest schedules in the Carolinas with games against South Carolina 4-A power Duncan Byrnes, District of Columbia power McDonough, two games with three-time 4-AA champ Matthews Butler and playoff games against the No. 3 seed (Butler), No. 2 seed (Charlotte Hough) and No. 1 seed (East Forsyth) on the road in consecutive weeks to reach the state finals. Team's 49-6 win against Greensboro Page in state final was third-largest blowout of 4-AA era. Team kept winning despite losing 1,684-yard rusher Chauncery Bowman for five games during the season and in the second half of the state finals. TRAVISE PITMAN, Mitchell County — Second-year coach led alma mater (1995 graduate) to its first regional championship in football. Team went 14-2 to break school record for single season wins (was 12). Team had back-to-back one-win seasons in 2012 and 2013 before Pitman's hiring. LANCE WARE, Shelby — Led team to 15-1 mark and a third straight state championship. Team's only loss came to 3-AA champion Shelby Crest. Ware's team hasn't lost to a 2-A opponent since the 2013 playoffs. Has 58-19 record in five years as head coach. TODD WILLERT, East Forsyth — Led team to 14-1 record. Team went 11-0 in regular season and earned No. 1 seed in 4-AA West playoffs before falling in overtime in state semifinals to eventual champion Charlotte Mallard Creek. Has 100-60 record in 13 seasons at a school that was 8-36 between 1999-2002 before his arrival. ALLEN WOOTEN, Greene Central — Guided team to 10-2 mark in third season of his first head coaching stop. School hadn't won more than five games since 2007 but ended up tying its program record for single-season wins. The Rams posted a school-record six shutouts and outscored opponents 483-121. ___ OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR RICO DOWDLE, Asheville Reynolds, QB, Sr., 6-0, 203 — Run-first quarterback who ran for 2,545 yards and 51 touchdowns. Also threw for 1,434 yards and 11 scores. Also had a TD catch. Two-time conference player of the year set an area record for touchdown responsibility (63) after converting from running back to quarterback. Shrine Bowl pick. Expected to commit to either N.C. State, Wake Forest or Boston College. TRE HARBISON, Shelby Crest, RB, Sr., 5-10, 210 — Ran 312 times for 2,080 yards and 37 touchdowns to help team win a second straight state championship. Had 19 catches for 438 yards and six touchdowns. Ran for 295 yards and seven touchdowns in the 3-AA championship game to earn MVP honors. Ran for 5,770 career yards and was responsible for 110 touchdowns during his career. Signed with Virginia. HENDON HOOKER, Greensboro Dudley, QB, Jr., 6-4, 200 — True dual-threat quarterback who completed 127 of 198 passes for 2,234 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. Also ran 122 times for 1,217 yards and 15 touchdowns. Helped team reach 4-A state semifinals. DIONDRE OVERTON, Greensboro Page, WR/DB, Sr., 6-5, 195 — Two-way standout in only his second year of organized football. On offense, had 81 catches for 1,273 yards and 15 touchdowns. On defense, had 11 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. Helped Page reach 4-AA state final. Has numerous Power-5 offers and is expected to choose between Clemson and Tennessee. JAMES SMITH, Charlotte Mallard Creek, QB, Sr., 5-10, 181 — Led team to three 4-AA titles, the first quarterback to do so in state history. Two-time finals MVP. Completed 181 of 254 passes for 3,346 yards and 35 touchdowns against possibly the toughest schedule in the Carolinas. Also ran for 1,197 yards and 18 touchdowns. Threw for 172 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 74 yards with another score in 49-6 win against Greensboro Page in state final. First-team all-area pick by the Charlotte Observer. CHAZZ SURRATT, East Lincoln, QB, Sr., 6-4, 210 — Completed 208 of 289 passes for 3,536 yards and 51 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Ran 134 times for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns. Broke Chris Leak's career records for total offense and TD responsibility. Led his team to 29 straight wins before injuring his elbow and missing team's 2-AA semifinal loss at Monroe. Gatorade player of the year for North Carolina. The first player to earn three-time area player of the year honors from the Gaston Gazette. Committed to UNC. AP all-state pick last year. TRE WADE, Greene Central, QB, Sr., 6-2, 195 — Completed 101 of 170 passes for 2,019 yards and 23 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Had QB rating of 123.5, according to MaxPreps. Ran 115 times for 1,082 yards and 16 touchdowns. Two-time offensive player of the year. Area co-offensive player of the year for the Wilson Times. Drawing Division I and Division II recruiting interest. MARCUS WILLIAMS, SouthWest Edgecombe, RB, Sr., 5-11, 190 pounds — Ran 281 times for 2,379 yards and 36 touchdowns. Averaged 8.5 yards per carry as leader of rushing attack that piled up 330 yards per game. Led team to share of the conference title and to the 2-A state semifinals in 13-2 season. Also caught nine passes for 210 yards and two TDs. Had 13 100-yard rushing games despite sitting out fourth quarter of many wins due to lopsided scores. Named Wilson Times area co-offensive player of the year. Conference offensive player of the year. Ran for 4,172 career yards. Committed to Elon. CONNELL YOUNG, Greensboro Dudley, RB, Sr., 6-0, 200 — Ran 237 times for 2,431 yards and 27 touchdowns. Had 40 catches for 771 yards and seven scores. He totaled 3,202 total yards despite sitting out fourth quarter in numerous lopsided games. Conference offensive player of the year helped team reach 4-A semifinals. Leading candidate for area player of the year for the News & Record of Greensboro. Has offers from East Carolina, Army, Navy and N.C. A&T. ___ DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR SHERROD GREENE, Rocky Mount, LB, Jr., 6-1, 220 — Had 139 tackles (96 solo), 11 tackles for loss and four recovered fumbles. Has offers from UNC, N.C. State, East Carolina, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion. THARON INGRAM, Charlotte Mallard Creek, LB/DE, Sr., 6-2, 230 — Had 122 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception for three-time 4-AA champion. Shrine Bowl pick. First-team all-area pick by the Charlotte Observer. DEXTER LAWRENCE, Wake Forest, DT, Sr., 6-4, 325 — Controlled the line of scrimmage for a program that went to two state title games before going 12-1 this season. Had 91 tackles and 21 for loss to go with 14 sacks. Ranked the nation's No. 2 overall player by Rivals. com, No. 3 by 247Sports.com and No. 4 by Scout. Was consensus No. 1 recruit in North Carolina. U.S. Army All-American Bowl pick. Committed to Clemson over Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, N.C. State and UNC. ZACHARY PRESSLEY, Greensboro Dudley, DE, Sr., 6-0, 210 — Had 20.5 sacks to lead the state, according to MaxPreps. Finished with 82 tackles (49 solo) and 21 tackles for loss. Also returned a fumble for a touchdown and blocked a punt. Helped team reach 4-AA state semifinals.
Dec 27, 2015
Deshaun Watson said he met Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton when he was in high school, and the two are still friends."We've always had a good relationship," Watson said. "As we talk, each and every year it keeps growing. We always have that close bond and we're both each other's biggest supporters, cheering each other on."Watson also grew up a big fan of Tim Tebow. He said he usually...
INSIDE THE PLAYOFF: How Cam Newton inspired Watson
By STEPHEN HAWKINS and STEVE GORTEN, Associated Press | Dec 27, 2015Deshaun Watson said he met Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton when he was in high school, and the two are still friends. "We've always had a good relationship," Watson said. "As we talk, each and every year it keeps growing. We always have that close bond and we're both each other's biggest supporters, cheering each other on." Watson also grew up a big fan of Tim Tebow. He said he usually chose to be the Florida Gators when playing NCAA Football video games. "I used to love playing with Tim Tebow, and then as I got older, I started playing with Oregon a little bit more. I just liked to spread the teams around and do the up-tempo things." Watson said he feels his dual-threat ability should help, not hurt, his NFL prospects. "A lot of people think that being a dual threat, you can't really throw the ball. Well, it's really not about throwing for 400 yards every game. It's about getting the 'W,'" Watson said. "There's a lot of quarterbacks that can run and have been successful doing it at the next level. "Cam Newton is one right now. Michael Vick in his younger days. Alex Smith is doing a great job. I could go on and on. Russell Wilson. There's a lot of guys out there that can do both and be successful." ___ Alabama all-purpose running back Kenyan Drake knows there is a difference between being hurt and being injured. The No. 2 Crimson Tide's complement to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry has been hurt a lot this year. "It doesn't mean I couldn't go out there and give my best effort," Drake said Sunday. After breaking his arm making a tackle on kickoff coverage Nov. 14 at Mississippi State, Drake missed two games. But he was back three weeks later to play in the SEC championship game. Even before the broken arm, he had suffered a cracked rib against Ole Miss, had a sprained ankle, a concussion after the LSU game and a bruised quad this season without missing any other games. "It's just been a year of ailments," said Drake, whose junior season in 2014 ended when he broke his leg and dislocated his ankle. "But that's how this team is. We got through adversity, so I feel like I can be a testament for that, how to work through that." Drake says he feels as good as he has all season going into Alabama's national semifinal game against No. 3 Michigan State on New Year's Eve at the Cotton Bowl. The extra time between the SEC title game and the Cotton Bowl gave Drake time to focus on treatment and get his body right. Henry, who has an SEC-record 1,986 yards rushing with 23 touchdowns, says its means a lot to have Drake back healthy. "Somebody that I grew as a person and player with," Henry said. "He's a great player and does a great job for our offense, very effective because he can run and catch the ball." Drake has 72 carries for 380 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and a touchdown, and 24 catches for 250 yards and a score. ___ Lane Kiffin expects to be back at Alabama for a third season as offensive coordinator. The former USC and Tennessee coach has helped the Crimson Tide reach the College Football Playoff in each of his two seasons in Tuscaloosa. Throughout the seasons there was speculation that Kiffin could land a head coaching job, especially when it looked as if there might be around 30 openings. But as of now, only the Texas State and Ball State jobs are open and it is unlikely Kiffin would go to the Sun Belt or Mid-American Conference. "I'd love to be back," Kiffin said. "We'll have a new set of challenges with a third year of a new quarterback and replacing a Heisman Trophy winner (Derrick Henry), just as we did with a Biletnikoff winner the year before (Amari Cooper), and some great returning players to work with. I'd be real excited about that." Alabama coach Nick Saban rarely lets his assistants do interviews, but at New Year's Six Bowls it is mandatory for coordinators to be available to the media. Kiffin said he passed up some opportunities to leave Alabama after last season. "It didn't feel right," Kiffin said. The 40-year-old Kiffin has already had three major head coaching jobs. He was the Oakland Raiders coach for 20 games before being fired in 2008. He was the head coach at Tennessee in 2009 and went 7-6, but left after one season to become coach at Southern California. Kiffin was fired by USC five games into the 2013 season, and there weren't many opportunities for him at that point — until Saban came calling. "He really took a chance on me. The phone wasn't ringing, even for assistant coaching jobs," Kiffin said. ___ Of the 14 Clemson players and four Oklahoma players who call Florida home, Oklahoma safety Ahmad Thomas is the only one from either team in the Orange Bowl who is from Miami. So this national semifinal is a bit of a homecoming. The former Miami Central High standout, whose final regular-season game in high school was a win at Sun Life Stadium, said he received 120 text messages immediately after Oklahoma's bowl announcement "from people I never even heard of, from friends I didn't even know I had," looking for tickets. He has collected 16 so far, but said he needs "at least 40." Thomas, who wears No. 13 in honor of his grandmother, Shirley Thomas, who died from cancer when he was 13 years old, said he grew up in a rough neighborhood and many of his childhood friends are now dead or in jail. "I see that on Facebook when I'm up at Oklahoma and I'm looking at that thinking, "I'm glad I left because I could have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time." ___ Hawkins reported from Dallas, and Gorten reported from Miami. AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo also contributed to this report from Dallas. ___ For more from inside the College Football Playoff, visit AP Now: College Football at http://collegefootball.ap.org/ap-now-college-football .
2015 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL TEAMPLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Ehlinger, jr., QB, WestlakeWestlake's first All-Central Texas player of the year since 2006, Ehlinger became the leading choice here after the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors tabbed him as the state's top high school football player for the 2015 regular season.. A haul of accolades — Ehlinger also was named the District 14-6A MVP...
2015 All-Central Texas football team
Danny Davis, Associated Press | Dec 26, 20152015 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Ehlinger, jr., QB, Westlake Westlake's first All-Central Texas player of the year since 2006, Ehlinger became the leading choice here after the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors tabbed him as the state's top high school football player for the 2015 regular season.. A haul of accolades — Ehlinger also was named the District 14-6A MVP — was backed up by a stat line that included an area-high 3,833 yards passing, 1,419 yards rushing and 71 total touchdowns, one of which was a reception. Ehlinger led Westlake to a 14-2 record and an appearance in the Class 6A, Division I championship game. His whirlwind year also featured a commitment to the University of Texas, a championship at the state 7-on-7 tournament in July and his surpassing of Nick Foles and Drew Brees on Westlake's all-time passing chart. Also in the mix: Vandegrift RB Travis Brannan; Lake Travis QB Charlie Brewer; La Grange RB JK Dobbins; Vista Ridge QB Matt Snow NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Chandler Herman, jr., QB, Georgetown Herman completed 13 of 17 passes in his varsity debut, and he totaled four touchdowns in his second start. En route to leading Georgetown back into the postseason, Herman threw for 2,719 yards on 222-of-334 passing and eight of his 24 TD passes were compiled over the Eagles' two playoff games. This probably isn't the last time that you'll hear about Herman during the 2015-16 school year. The Georgetown basketball team's leading scorer as a sophomore, Herman is averaging 7.4 points per game this season. Also in the mix: Lake Travis K Cameron Dicker; Hendrickson RB DJ Jackson; Liberty Hill DB Dyllon Joiner; Cedar Park QB Mak Sexton COACH OF THE YEAR: Carl Abseck, Cedar Park Under their first-time head coach, Cedar Park knocked off Aledo, Class 5A's top-ranked team, in Abseck's debut, and the Timberwolves then held the No. 1 ranking throughout an undefeated season. Cedar Park's 16 victories came by an average of 31.9 points and included a triumph in the Class 5A, Division II championship game. Formerly the Timberwolves' offensive coordinator, Abseck took charge of a team that lost five offensive starters in the off-season — including the 2014 All-Central Texas player of the year plus the team's starting quarterback — but Cedar Park showcased its depth while averaging 45.8 points per game. Also in the mix: Hank Carter, Lake Travis; Todd Dodge, Westlake; Chris Jones, Gidding; Rodney Vincent, Vista Ridge FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB: Sam Ehlinger, jr., Westlake All-Central Texas MVP led Chaps to title game with 5,257 total yards, 71 TDs. RB: JK Dobbins, jr., La Grange Put together area's second-best rushing season in only 11 games (2,740 yards). RB: Travis Brannan, sr., Vandegrift Navy pledge scored 47 times, topped 2,600 rushing yards for second straight year. WR: Josh Wainwright, sr., Bowie Deep threat averaged 18.6 yards per catch and scored on 16 of his 57 receptions. WR: Steven Gallardo, jr., Burnet Turned 84 catches into 1,212 yards, and scored 12 of his 16 TDs through the air. WR: Paxton Segina, sr., Vandegrift Rice recruit played in only eight games this season but recorded 48 catches, 16 TDs. OL: Holton Greenfield, jr., Vandegrift APSE all-state honoree recorded 105 knockdowns and a 94 percent grade. OL: Shea Baker, jr., Cedar Ridge Top lineman in District 13-6A helped Raiders to share of district championship. OL: Harper Geracci, sr., Vista Ridge Repeat All-Centex pick blocked for two 1,800-yard rushers from his center position. OL: Jack Merrill, sr., Cedar Park Returning starter earned all-district nod and state title with offense that averaged 45.8 PPG. OL: Brycen Foreman, sr., Westlake All-state honoree helped keep Ehlinger upright for much of this past season. K: Cameron Dicker, soph., Lake Travis Varsity-debut season included 11 FGs, 74 PATs and APSE all-state honors. FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DL: Anthony Ekpe, sr., Hendrickson Rice recruit recorded 15 sacks and blocked three punts during all-state campaign. DL: Denton Meiske, sr., Thrall Small-school standout posted huge numbers in 2015 (123 tackles, 13 sacks). DL: Elias Garcia, sr., Westlake Had nine sacks and recorded 11 of his 87 tackles in 6A-I championship game. LB: Mac McCaskill, sr., Cedar Park Defensive MVP of 5A-II title game finished year with 130 tackles, 16.5 sacks. LB: RJ Phillips, sr., Vista Ridge District 25-5A defensive MVP in hoops was a force in football, too (162 tackles). LB: Chris Sanders, jr., LBJ Piled up 16 sacks on way to winning 26-5A's defensive MVP award. LB: Aidan Estrada, jr., Lake Travis Recorded 162 tackles, forced seven fumbles for unit that allowed 13.4 PPG. DB: Jordan Williams, sr., Hendrickson Future Toledo Rocket was tabbed 13-6 MVP after a 101-tackle season. DB: Dyllon Joiner, jr., Liberty Hill Newcomer was district MVP after debut season included nine INTs, 13 PBUs. DB: Austin Hiller, jr., Lake Travis Blocked three kicks and had six INTs as Cavs allowed two passing TDs in playoffs. DB: Jav Guidry, jr., Cedar Park Rushed for 707 yards, but did most damage as champ's shutdown CB (12 PBUs). P: Smith Carlton, soph., St. Michael's Preseason All-Centex pick delivered with average of 38.6 yards over 47 punts. UTIL: Mulbah Car, sr., Reagan City's all-time leading rusher scored 34 times, had 70 tackles as 7-4 Raiders' LB. SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB: Matt Snow, sr., Vista Ridge Topped 2,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing while accounting for 47 TDs. RB: Isaiah Vilaire, sr., Vista Ridge Other half of 5A-I semifinalist's 1-2 punch had 1,856 yards, 25 TDs on 173 attempts. RB: DJ Ellison, sr., Lockhart Rushed 238 times while leading area finalist's Slot-T offense with 1,754 yards, 22 TDs. WR: Jo'Vonta Grimble, sr., Georgetown Area leader in receptions (87) added 1,229 yards, 14 TDs to All-Centex rèsumè. WR: Chase Cokley, sr., Westlake Explosive North Texas recruit converted 67 catches into 1,281 yards, 17 TDs. WR: Kadarius Daniels, sr., Cedar Ridge Led Raiders to a share of 13-6A title with 84 catches, 1,112 yards, 12 TDs. OL: Travis Arroyo, sr., Hendrickson Contributed 107 knockdown blocks as Hendrickson rushed to postseason's second round. OL: Jacob Seggern, sr., Thrall Earned a 94.2 percent grade and all-state honors as Thrall qualified for playoffs. OL: Ian Burnette, soph., Wimberley Second-year starter led Texans to a surprising third-round playoff appearance. OL: Justin Wilson, sr., Liberty Hill Had 46 pancake blocks and a 90 percent grade as Panthers rushed for 4,624 yards. OL: Fabian Becerra, sr., Giddings Turned in a blocking grade of 96 percent on a line that allowed 11 sacks in 13 games. K: Luiz Diaz, jr., Georgetown Kicked three of his 10 FGs in the bi-district round, and had 32 touchbacks in 2015. SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DL: Tevin Paul, sr., Lake Travis Cal pledge posted eight sacks, 68 tackles for 6A-II finalist's dominating defense. DL: James Lynch, jr., Round Rock District 13-6A's defensive lineman of the year had six sacks, 24 QB pressures. DL: Corbin Truslow, sr., East View Had 82 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 17 QB pressures during a down year at East View. LB: Keith Bazzle, sr., Cedar Ridge 6A-I area finalist received 120 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT from all-district honoree. LB: Darien Townsend, sr., St. Michael's Led Crusaders' defense with 108 tackles, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles. LB: Augustine Tambe, sr., Cedar Park Injury ended year in Cedar Park's 11th game, but 21 of 88 tackles were for a loss. LB: Adrian Hunter, sr., Manor Defensive MVP of 17-5A had 97 tackles, two fumble recoveries for 7-4 Mustangs. DB: Deon Collins, soph., LBJ Emerged as a threat to opposing QBs (six INTs) and punters (two punt-return TDs). DB: Matthew Wright, sr., McNeil Offensive duties didn't hinder defensive production in 2015 (152 tackles, 4 PBUs). DB: Alex Shillow, sr., Pflugerville APSE all-state honoree recorded five interceptions, 14 PBUs, two defensive TDs. DB: Damarcus Fields, sr., Taylor Texas Tech recruit led Ducks' defense with 96 tackles, four INTs, five forced fumbles. P: Culver Sumner, sr., Vandegrift All-district honoree at DB, WR positions landed 13 of his 23 punts inside the 20. UTIL: Tony Brown, sr., Jarrell Cougars QB rushed for 2,363 yards, accounted for 44 TDs and had 5 INTs on defense. THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB: Charlie Brewer, jr., Lake Travis Threw for 3,426 yards, 42 TDs while completing 68.4 percent of passes for 6A-II finalist. RB: Cole Baker, sr., St. Andrew's Crusaders posted an 8-1 record as Baker ran for 1,574 yards, 25 TDs on 174 attempts. RB: Jon Shannon, sr., Liberty Hill Top Centex newcomer in 2014 missed three games this fall, but ran for 1,399 yards, 19 TDs. WR: Cade Green, jr., Lake Travis Led Cavaliers in receptions (72), receiving yards (1,172) and TD catches (16). WR: Tommy Lavine, sr., Cedar Park Topped 1,000 receiving yards in run-first offense and scored in each of team's final 10 games. WR: Reed Klubnik, sr., Westlake Ehlinger's top target had 75 receptions, and he also contributed 1,228 yards, 12 TDs. OL: Jake Helton, jr., Vandegrift Had 103 knockdowns and 41 pancake blocks as Vipers averaged 46.1 PPG this fall. OL: Ryan Becker, sr., Marble Falls After winning bronze in the Class 5A discus in May, SMU recruit had 74 pancake blocks. OL: Dan Babyak, jr., Lago Vista Vikings offense received a 91 percent grade and 83 knockdown blocks from its top lineman in 2015. OL: Ian Moore, sr., Lockhart Had 105 knockdown blocks as 5A-I area finalists exceeded 4,500 rushing yards. OL: Kade Clapper, sr., Georgetown All-district honoree allowed only one sack and exited his senior season with 92 percent grade. K: Chris Orocio, sr., Giddings Buffaloes kicker made six of his eight FG attempts as team reached postseason's third round. THIRD TEAM DL: Dylan Hudson, jr., Vandegrift Unanimous all-district honoree had 74 tackles and eight sacks for the Vipers this year. DL: Carter Ware, jr., Liberty Hill Fourteen of his 60 tackles were for a loss, and he also scored once for the Panthers. DL: Tim Douglas, jr., Stony Point Coin-toss result thwarted Tigers' playoff plans, but Douglas contributed 77 tackles, 5 sacks. LB: Elijah Lewis, sr., Giddings Buffaloes' leading rusher also anchored the regional qualifier's defense with 120 tackles. LB: Joseph Wilburn, sr., San Marcos Had 107 tackles, three fumble recoveries as Rattlers reached playoffs for first time since 2007. LB: John Garza, jr., La Grange Returns to All-Central Texas team after recordeding 123 tackles, 2 sacks during 2015 season. LB: Matthew Long, sr., Leander Had 68 tackles and a defensive TD to complement offensive work (seven TDs, 6.9 YPC). DB: Dawson Solis, sr., Thrall Scored 10 times on offense, but his 106 tackles, 3 INTs also boosted the Tigers this fall. DB: Mack Kelley, sr., Westlake Piled up 101 tackles and scored two defensive touchdowns as Chaps reached 6A-I finale. DB: Peyton Tuggle, jr., Cedar Creek First-time playoff qualifiers received four interceptions, 12 PBUs from cornerback. DB: Brian Bullock, sr., Round Rock Had 81 tackles and three INTs as Dragons grabbed a share of 13-6A championship. P: Josh Marini, sr., Bowie Bulldogs' all-district punter also earned first-team honors as a kicker. UTIL: Ethan Fernea, sr., Dripping Springs First-team all-district pick at WR, DB positions also returned three kickoffs for TDs. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007241,t000007235,t000007060,t000007261,t000046469,t000003183,t000040517,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
The Shockers and Jayhawks finally meet again in basketball, the Kansas City Royals regain baseball’s crown and the intersection of tragedy and sports were some of the biggest local sports stories of the year.The past 12 months have given Kansas and Wichita sports fans some big moments – and some somber – to remember. We’d like your opinion of which moments were the biggest in 2015.Instead of...
Rank the top Wichita and Kansas sports stories of 2015
Joshua Wood, Associated Press | Dec 26, 2015The Shockers and Jayhawks finally meet again in basketball, the Kansas City Royals regain baseball’s crown and the intersection of tragedy and sports were some of the biggest local sports stories of the year. The past 12 months have given Kansas and Wichita sports fans some big moments – and some somber – to remember. We’d like your opinion of which moments were the biggest in 2015. Instead of just choosing one top moment, we’re asking Eagle readers to rank their top three selections at Kansas.com/sports. We want to find out why you selected the stories you did and what you’ll remember the most. As with previous years we include stories about the Royals and Chiefs as they are the most popular teams in their leagues within Kansas. Leave a comment in the form online and we’ll run some of the best ones in a later story. Did we miss a big moment? Let us know that as well. Here are the nominees in chronological order: January Jim Mora Jr.-Bill Snyder handshake takes surreal turn at Alamo Bowl – Remember UCLA’s 40-35 victory over Kansas State? Not likely. A video of the terse postgame handshake went viral online and through social media. Some questioned K-State’s play at the end of the game. Others questioned Mora’s sportsmanship. Mourning high school coaches – Beginning with the Jan. 7 death of Carl Taylor, the City League’s winningest basketball coach, Wichita and Kansas lost many influential coaches in 2015, including Kapaun’s Alan Shepherd, Carroll’s Roger Robben, East’s Bob Timmons and Lawrence’s Bill Freeman. Two other Kansans made their mark in college: Emporia’s Dean Smith and Parsons’ Bill Guthridge. NCAA hands down WSU baseball sanctions – Players utilizing improper discounts on non-baseball merchandise led to big sanctions by the NCAA, including vacating 69 victories in 2012 and 2013 and the 2013 NCAA Tournament appearance. Former coach Gene Stephenson, whose appeal was denied by the NCAA, slipped to third in career coaching victories due to the penalties. February K-State basketball tops KU in Manhattan; highlight of dismal season – In the midst of the Wildcats’ first losing season in 12 years, K-State came up with its best game against the Jayhawks in Bramlage Coliseum. The 70-63 win over No. 8 KU added a chapter to the rivalry and the national debate on courtstorming. College GameDay comes to Wichita as Shockers clinch MVC title – Wichita State’s sports management class got its message out on social media with #GameDayinWichita. The ESPN crew was on hand for the Shockers’ 74-60 win over No. 10 Northern Iowa in the de facto MVC title game. March KU wins 11th straight Big 12 title – A season after losing the players picked No. 1 and 3 in the NBA Draft, the Jayhawks did what they seemingly always do under Bill Self – win another Big 12 title. Their streak is tied for the second-longest streak in any conference in NCAA history. KU is two titles short of UCLA’s record set in the ’60s and ’70s. WSU women win third straight MVC title; cheerleading squad picks up opponent – The Shockers reached the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, but the Shocker cheerleaders and yell leaders received national attention at the women’s MVC tournament as they invited Loyola’s lone cheer squad representative to join them. In December the team received a Musial Award for their sportsmanship. Wichita-area teams win state basketball titles – The Wichita East and Heights boys took the Class 6A and 5A crowns, while McPherson won 4A-Division I. The Wichita South girls won their third straight 6A championship. The Hesston girls captured 3A. Hoxie girls, St. John boys set state records – In winning their fourth straight Class 1A-Division I title under coach Shelly Hoyt the Hoxie girls broke Little River’s record of 91 straight wins set in the 1990s. Hoxie has pushed the streak to 100 to begin the 2015-16 season. In December the St. John boys under Clint Kinnamon took down Wichita Heights’ record of 62 straight. Hutch women reach NJCAA final again; sanctions wipe out team's record – The Blue Dragons have reached basketball’s final game three of the past four seasons, but an NJCAA investigation and its fallout marred the 2015 season. Excess benefits cost Hutch all of its victories from 2014-15 and some scholarships. Shockers defeat KU to reach Sweet 16 – Wichita State fans finally got their wish – a shot at the state’s perennial power. Thirty-four years after their last NCAA Tournament meeting, the Jayhawks and Shockers met again with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. The Shockers took the game and bragging rights for the foreseeable future with the 78-65 win. April Gregg Marshall stays at WSU after serious push by Alabama – The Crimson Tide led this year’s edition of the The Annual Courting of Marshall. He decided again to remain with the Shockers, receiving a pay bump to $3 million annually before bonuses. That continuity helped Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet postpone pro careers for their senior seasons. Players desert WSU women's basketball, leading to president-ordered investigation – Four players who left the Shockers were critical of Jody Adams’ coaching style and treatment of players. The university’s investigation brought about some promised changes by Adams. Parents of the players asked the NCAA to step in. May Kansans in the NFL Draft – The Miami Dolphins selected Circle’s Jordan Phillips in the second round, kicking off a flurry of Wichita-area picks including Carroll’s Blake Bell, Hutchinson’s Geneo Grissom and Blake Heeney. Seattle drafted K-State’s Tyler Lockett in the third round. Lockett was named to the Pro Bowl as a returner. FC Wichita’s inaugural season – Complete with a logo adorned with the city’s flag and stalks of wheat, Wichita began its most organized chapter of outdoor soccer yet. With names familiar to the soccer community such as Larry Inlow and Kevin Ten Eyck the team had a successful debut, capturing its conference of the NPSL. The team frequently sold out its games at Stryker Soccer Complex. July KU-lead Team USA wins World University Games gold; Ron Baker plays on Pan Am team – Team USA won its first gold medal at the World University Games since 2005 with a team made up nearly exclusively by Jayhawks. In the Pan American Games, WSU’s Ron Baker impressed scouts, helping lead the team to a bronze medal. Four Royals voted to start All-Star Game; KC goes all-in with trades – After a month of hand-wringing by some in the baseball world bemoaning the possibility of an entire All-Star lineup of Kansas City players, fans ultimately selected four Royals to start the game. Later in the month KC showed another sign of its dominance by being buyers at the trade deadline to acquire Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist. August Bat boy Kaiser Carlile dies after accident at NBC World Series – Struck in the head by a practice swing in the on-deck circle, the Liberal Bee Jay’s 9-year-old bat boy died from his injuries a day later. The Bee Jays, other teams at the NBC World Series and strangers from across the country mourned the child who was called the team’s spark plug. September St. John teen tags world-class Kansas whitetail buck – Clayton Brummer, 16, bagged a non-typical buck in Stafford County. Initial measurements placed the buck’s gross score at more than 230 inches. K-State sanctions marching band director after halftime show – Everyone agrees the marching band performed a “Star Trek”-themed show at halftime of the Wildcats’ game against South Dakota. Everyone agrees there was a Jayhawk involved. After that, disagreement. Some saw the Starship Enterprise, some saw a sex act. Band director Frank Tracz was fined and suspended for the KU game two months later. Sporting KC wins U.S. Open Cup – Sporting Kansas City became the fourth franchise in MLS history to win the tournament for a third time. It was Sporting’s third major trophy in the past four seasons, the 2012 Open Cup and 2013 MLS Cup. November Royals win the World Series on yet another comeback – Coming up 90 feet short of a possible title the year before, the Royals left no doubt about their resilancy en route to the team’s first World Series title since 1985. Comeback after comeback sank the Astros, Blue Jays and Mets to take the crown. In Game 5 of the World Series the Royals faced a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning before Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain from first on a double. Hosmer then scored when Lucas Duda failed to throw him out on Perez’s groundout. The Royals scored five times in the 12th to guarantee a victory parade and rally witnessed by hundreds of thousands in KC. Wallace County football player Luke Schemm dies after collapsing in game – A standout in football, basketball and track and field, the senior from Sharon Springs collapsed in a playoff game against Otis-Bison. Larry O’Connor, the school’s athletic director: “He had time for everybody. … He was a friend to everybody. The little kids looked up to him. He spent time with them.” KU finishes football season at 0-12 – The expectations weren’t high for David Beaty’s first season as KU’s coach, but even Turner Gill and Charlie Weis had won a game in their first year. The possibility of the Jayhawks’ first winless season since 1954 became real after an opening-day loss to FCS opponent South Dakota State. The team balanced close calls against Texas Tech and TCU with drubbings by OU, Baylor, West Virginia and K-State. Emporia State wins first NCAA playoff football games – Behind quarterback Brent Wilson’s season that earned him a spot as a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, the Hornets reached the NCAA Division II playoffs, winning games in that tournament for the first time. Emporia State defeated Minnesota State and Henderson State before falling to eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State in the quarterfinals. Derby wins Class 6A football title – Derby quarterback Brady Rust rushed for 309 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 27-14 championship game victory over Blue Valley. It was the Panthers’ third title in school history and second in three seasons. December KU volleyball reaches Final Four – All three Kansas schools made the NCAA volleyball tournament – with the Shockers beating the Wildcats in the first round – but it was the Jayhawks who had the staying power. KU upset top-ranked Southern California in San Diego before longtime Big Eight/Big 12 nemesis Nebraska beat the Jayhawks in a national semifinal in Omaha. Bill Snyder inducted in College Football Hall of Fame – The author of the “greatest turnaround in college football history” became the fourth active coach to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Snyder received the honor in New York days after the Wildcats won their third straight game to clinch another bowl bid, this time to the Liberty Bowl. Eric Berry returns from cancer treatment to have Pro Bowl season – Nearly a year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Chiefs safety Berry was back at the top of the NFL, earning another Pro Bowl selection. In addition to surviving cancer, Berry helped the Chiefs to eight straight wins. WSU reopens discussion of football, conference affiliation – President John Bardo announced the university would re-examine all aspects of the school’s athletic department, including the 30-year absence of a football program. “Everything is on the table. The sports we offer, facilities, conferences,” Bardo said. Joshua Wood: , ——— ©2015 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000008056,t000007325,t000003270,t000160437,t000007353,t000003271,t000007305,t000046469,t000003194,t000003195,t000002776,t000049144,t000143260,t000002786,t000003277,t000404496,t000040506,t000404736,t000404471,t000405348,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164,g000224867,g000065627,g000065659
Jan. 1 — Melvin Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 and three touchdowns and Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Wisconsin a 34-31 victory over Auburn. Gordon finished with 2,587 yards in 14 games — second-most in FBS history. Barry Sanders gained 2,628 in 11 games in 1988, when the NCAA did not include bowl results in a player's statistics.Jan. 1 — Connor...
2015 At A Glance
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 26, 2015Jan. 1 — Melvin Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 and three touchdowns and Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Wisconsin a 34-31 victory over Auburn. Gordon finished with 2,587 yards in 14 games — second-most in FBS history. Barry Sanders gained 2,628 in 11 games in 1988, when the NCAA did not include bowl results in a player's statistics. Jan. 1 — Connor Cook threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keith Mumphery with 17 seconds left to cap a three-touchdown, fourth-quarter comeback in No. 7 Michigan State's 42-41 victory over playoff-snubbed No. 4 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. The Spartans, who trailed 41-21 after three quarters, got the winning touchdown after Marcus Rush blocked a Baylor field goal with just more than a minute left. Jan. 1 — Marcus Mariota and Oregon rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout. Jan. 1 — Cardale Jones turned in another savvy performance in his second college start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff. Jan. 2 — Greg Ward threw three touchdowns in the final 3:41 of the Armed Forces Bowl, two after Houston recovered onside kicks, and completed a game-winning 2-point conversion as the Cougars beat Pittsburgh 35-34. Pitt led 31-6 with 14 minutes left in the game when Houston went on to the biggest comeback in an FBS game this season, and the third-largest in a bowl game. Jan. 3 — A month shy of 43, Jaromir Jagr scored three times to pass Gordie Howe and become the oldest NHL player to record a hat trick, leading New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Howe was 41 in 1969 when he had a three-goal game. Jan. 6 — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame along with Craig Biggio, the first time since 1955 writers selected four players in one year. Jan. 6 — Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists to reach 1,000 NHL points, and the New Jersey Devils beat the struggling Buffalo Sabres 4-1. The goal was the 399th for Elias. Jan. 7 — Golde State's Klay Thompson scored 40 points and Stephen Curry added 21 points and a season-high-tying 15 assists to put away the Indiana Pacers 117-102. Curry became the fastest player in NBA history to make 1,000 career 3-pointers. It was Curry's 369th game, 88 fewer than it took Dennis Scott (457 games) to reach the milestone. Jan. 10 — North Dakota State became the first team to win four straight FCS championships with a thrilling 29-27 victory over Illinois State. Bison quarterback Carson Wentz ran five yards for the winning touchdown about a minute after Tre Roberson's 58-yard run put Illinois State ahead. Jan. 10 — Tom Brady set a career record for postseason touchdown passes, leading New England back from two 14-point deficits for a 35-31 victory over Baltimore. Brady broke Joe Montana's record with 46 postseason TD passes and the Patriots reached their fourth straight AFC championship game. Jan. 11 — Roger Federer beat the up-and-coming Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to register his 1,000th career match and win the Brisbane International. Jan. 11 — Green Bay rallied from an 8-point deficit as Aaron Rodgers threw for two second-half touchdowns to beat Dallas 26-21 in an NFC divisional-round playoff. The Packers were helped immensely by a video reversal with 4:06 remaining. Dez Bryant's leaping catch at the Packers 1 on fourth-and-2 was reversed by referee Gene Steratore after Green Bay challenged. Instead of first-and-goal for Dallas, the ball went over to the Packers. Jan. 12 — Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State won the first national title in college football's playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20. Jan. 13 — Minnesota's Mo Williams scored a career-high 52 points and the Timberwolves Minnesota snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 110-101 win over Indiana. Jan. 16 — Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks was suspended without pay for a minimum of 10 games for violating terms of the NBA's anti-drug program. The Bucks later waived Sanders on Feb. 21. Jan. 16 — The NCAA agreed to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history. The NCAA announced the new settlement with the school weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the sanctions imposed in 2012. Jan. 18 — Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. Outplayed much of the game and plagued by five turnovers, the Seahawks trailed 16-7 with 2:09 remaining. That's when Wilson ran 1 yard for a TD. Seattle recovered a bobbled onside kick at the 50, and Marshawn Lynch sped and powered his way to a 24-yard TD run. Wilson's desperate 2-point conversion pass was hauled in by Luke Willson to make it 22-19. But Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to Mason Crosby's fifth field goal, from 48 yards with 14 seconds to go. Jan. 18 — Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Jan. 19 — Lindsey Vonn won a super-G for her record 63rd World Cup victory. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, finishing by a huge 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. Jan. 20 — Southern Mississippi administered a self-imposed a postseason ban for the current basketball season because of an ongoing NCAA inquiry into the program. The university did not play in the Conference USA postseason tournament or made itself eligible for NCAA tournament consideration. Jan. 20 — Claude Giroux scored 3:57 into overtime, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a fight-filled game. The throwback clash featured one ejection and 93 penalty minutes. Heated rivals for years, the teams fought four times in the second period for a total of 66 penalty minutes. Jan. 21 — Max Scherzer was introduced by the Washington Nationals as the newest member of their talented pitching rotation after finalizing a $210 million, seven-year contract. Jan. 21 — Brandon Jennings had 24 points and a career-high 21 assists in Detroit's 128-118 victory over Orlando, the NBA's first 20-point, 20-assist performance since Steve Nash on Nov. 9, 2009. Jan. 22 — Pau and Marc Gasol were voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star game. Pau of Chicago was elected to start up front for the East and Memphis' Marc for the West frontcourt. Jan. 23 — Roger Federer was ousted from the Australian Open in the third round, beaten by Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5). This was Federer's earliest exit in Australia since 2001, when he also lost in the third round. Jan. 23 — Klay Thompson set an NBA record for the most points in a quarter, a thrilling 37-point third period that powered the Golden State Warriors to a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Thompson made all 13 shots, including a league-record nine from 3-point range, in the quarter and hit both of his free throws during a 12-minute span. He finished with a career-high 52 points on 16-for-25 shooting, including 11 for 15 on 3-pointers. Jan. 24 — Ashley Wagner won her third U.S. Figure Skating title. Her 148.98 points for the free skate and 221.02 overall were records for the event, beating defending champ Gracie Gold by a whopping 15.48. Jan. 25 — Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden. Krzyzewski reached four figures on his first try. He improved to 1,000-308 in a 40-year coaching career that began in 1975 at his alma mater, Army. Jan. 25 — Hassan Whiteside had an unconventional triple-double with a team-record and career-high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls. It marked the 15th time since the 1973-74 season — when blocked shots were first tracked in the NBA — in which a player recorded a "triple-dozen" in points/rebounds/blocks. Jan. 25 — John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star game. The 29 goals were the most in the event's 60-year history, eclipsing the 26-goal burst in North America's 14-12 victory over the World in 2001. Jan. 25 — Nick Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6, becoming the first Aussie to reach the final eight in Melbourne Park men's draw since 2005, and the first male teenager since Federer to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals. Jan. 25 — A capacity crowd of 63,225 in at Glendale, Ariz., watched Team Irvin beat Team Carter 32-28 in the Pro Bowl. The NFL tried new rules for the game. No kickoffs, no blitzing, alternate possessions to start each quarter, two-minute warnings for each quarter and stopping the clock when a running play doesn't gain a yard in the final two minutes. Jan. 25 — Jason Brown won his first U.S. men's figure skating title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program. Brown finished with 274.98 points to beat Rippon by 2.5. Rippon won the free skate with 187.77. Jan. 27 — Alexander Khoroshilov won a night slalom by a huge margin, becoming the first Russian to get a World Cup victory in more than three decades. Khoroshilov finished in a total time of 1:46.39, 1.44 ahead of second-place Stefano Gross of Italy. Russia's last victory came from Alexander Zhirov in a giant slalom in 1981. Jan. 28 — Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record as LeBron James sat out with an injury to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers. Jan. 30 — The Phoenix Open continued without Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The biggest shock was Woods, who made bogey on his last hole for an 82, the worst score in his two decades as a pro. Mickelson shot 76 and missed the cut by two shots. Jan. 31 — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. Jan. 31 — Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli became the first all-Italian team to capture a Grand Slam men's doubles title in more than 50 years after beating the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final. Jan. 31 — Teen star Lydia Ko became the youngest golfer of either gender to reach No. 1 in the world ranking. The 17-year-old blew a late lead and settled for a share of second place at the LPGA Tour's season opener, where she finished a shot behind Na Yeon Choi in the Coates Golf Championship. Jan. 31 — Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015 also included a pair of contributors, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, along with senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. Jan. 31 — Aaron Rodgers won his second Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. Rodgers, who also took the honor in 2011, threw for 38 touchdowns and a league-low five interceptions. He threw 512 passes at home without a pick and led the Packers to two victories at season's end despite playing with a severe calf injury. Jan. 31 — Bibb County defeated Brookwood 2-0 in an Alabama high school basketball game, with the only score came in the opening 15 seconds. After two passes, Bibb County's Brandon Rutledge scored after rebounding a missed 3-pointer. It was the lowest scoring game since Durham Hillside (N.C.) defeated Roxboro Person (N.C.), 2-0, in 1977. MORE