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Oct 9, 2014
Growing up with seven older sisters and a single mother, Louisville commit Dahu Green of Westmoore learned to work hard and remain humble
Friday Night Lights: Westmoore's Dahu Green has strong family foundation
By Scott Wright | Oct 9, 2014One day last spring, following a football practice at Westmoore High School, Evelyn Gordon approached coach Adam Gaylor to ask why her son, Dahu Green, was getting all these recruiting phone calls and letters from colleges across the country. “She asked me, ‘Coach, what’s all the fuss about Dahu?’” Gaylor recalls with a laugh. “I told her, well, he’s a pretty special player. I’ve never been around one like him.” “Well, I just don’t see it,” Gordon responded. Plenty of colleges see something special in the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Green, who will lead the third-ranked Jaguars into one of the biggest games of the year at Class 6A defending champion Jenks at 7:30 Friday night. Louisville fell in love with Green, and he with them, which is why he is verbally committed to the Cardinals now. For every touchdown Green scores, or every highlight-reel catch he makes — like the one-handed grab in double-coverage falling out of the back of the end zone that landed him on ESPN a couple weeks ago — Gordon deserves a little salute. She has been a single mother to the 17-year-old Green essentially his entire life. And even if she didn’t always see the talent her son possesses, she certainly helped foster some of it — while also raising Green’s seven older sisters. “I know it’s hard for her just raising me right now,” said Green, the only child still living at home. “And she had eight of us.” Until two years ago, Gordon had raised her family in Southern California, particularly Riverside and a couple other cities in the area. But she got tired of California. One of her daughters was living in Oklahoma City and convinced her mother to move. “I was done out there,” Gordon said. “We left most of our stuff behind. Dahu had two bags and I had three. We got on a Greyhound bus on Friday, got to Oklahoma City on Sunday, and Dahu was enrolled at Westmoore on Monday.” His sisters call Green the glue that holds the family together, proven in the fact that over the last two years, five of them have moved to Oklahoma City. “Dahu was everybody’s baby,” Gordon said. “All seven girls had their own ways of taking care of him.” Of course, growing up as the only boy in a house with seven sisters and his mother wasn’t always easy. “It was crazy,” Green said. “A lot of girls, so a lot of different personalities and attitudes and stuff like that. But we all got along.” One of Gordon’s primary objectives in raising her only son in a house full of girls was to give him opportunities to do boy things. “I had seven girls. I didn’t want eight,” she said. “I would take Dahu to the river. We would go fishing or he would go out in a canoe. He had some uncles who were just great with him. One of them would come rescue him from that house full of girls just about every weekend and go do fun things with him.” Green spent a lot of time outside as a young boy in California. In fact, he traces some of his natural abilities on the football field back to those days. “We were always outside. We didn’t play video games,” he said. “Me and my friends would go climb trees and jump out. Somebody would throw something at you while you were jumping out, and you’d have to catch it. Or we’d jump off the top of the slide at the park and try to tag somebody while they’re running away.” When recruiters started looking at Green last year, they were drawn to his big body and big hands, but the quality that truly sets him apart is his ability to catch the ball in any situation. The football term for it is “ball skills.” Green has the ability to adjust to the location of the ball while it’s in the air, or to jump over a defender — or two — and maintain concentration to make the catch. “It all just comes natural now,” he said. “It’s just like that stuff we used to do, but it’s a football I’m catching now.” Louisville isn’t only getting a talented receiver, but a student and person who knows he has to be his best — because his mother won’t allow anything less. “She runs the show,” Gaylor said. “And she has done a great job. She is a disciplinarian, and she expects Dahu to do right on the football field and off it. Academically, she makes sure that he stays on top of things. If he doesn’t toe the line, she gets right down the middle of him.” Gordon also keeps her son humble, amid all the recruiting and media attention he has drawn over the last two seasons. “I gotta give mom her props,” Green said. “She’s been working her whole life, gets up at 4 in the morning and goes to work. Coming home and raising eight kids. She’s just naturally a hard worker. She hustles. We all learned a lot from watching her. That’s just how she is. That’s my mom.”
Sep 11, 2014
Oklahoma’s Saturday home game against Tennessee will be a huge recruiting weekend for the Sooners. Here’s a look at the players who are expected to make official visits.
Oklahoma football: A look at the recruits expected to visit for Saturday's game against Tennesseee
BY RYAN ABER | Sep 11, 2014Oklahoma’s Saturday home game against Tennessee will be a huge recruiting weekend for the Sooners. Here’s a look at the players who are expected to make official visits. Plenty of players are expected to make unofficial visits including 2016 quarterbacks Shane Buechele and Jarrett Guarantano, who have both been offered; Midwest City defensive end Demikal Harrison; Missouri City (Texas) cornerback Kendall Sheffield; Broken Arrow offensive lineman Rowby Frederick; Norman North running back Quan Hogan; former OU commit Josh Wariboko-Alali of Casady and his brother Max; and Sooners commits Kenneth Mann, Marquise Overton and Austin Seibert. Another 2016 prospect who is expected to visit is Baltimore St. Frances defensive end Rahshaun Smith. Pat Allen OT, 6-4, 285, Reistertown (Md.) Franklin Allen is a Georgia commit but has visits lined up to Michigan, Tennessee and Arkansas as well before closing his official visits with the Bulldogs in mid-November. Jamal Danley OT, 6-5, 305, Olive Branch, Miss. (East Mississippi C.C.) The four-star tackle could be close to pulling the trigger but also has visits scheduled to Mississippi State and Florida. Rickey DeBerry LB, 6-2, 246, Richmond (Va.) Atlee The four-start outside linebacker will be at Alabama next week and also plans to visit Tennessee and Texas A&M. Bobby Evans OT, 6-5, 270, Allen, Texas Evans, whose brother Tay is a freshman linebacker with the Sooners and whose father played basketball for OU, has been committed since July 2013. Neville Gallimore DT, 6-3, 303, St. Catharines, Ontario (Canada Prep Football Academy) Gallimore’s offers include Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan State, Florida and Florida State among many others. The Sooners already have one Canadian on their roster — offensive lineman Josiah St. John. Kahlil Haughton S, 6-1, 178, Waco (Texas) Midway The Sooners are primarily battling Arkansas, Baylor, Duke and Texas Tech for the three-star prospect. John Humphrey WR, 6-0, 160, League City (Texas) Clear Falls Humphrey originally committed to Baylor but flipped to the Sooners in early August after weeks of speculation. Keisean Lucier-South LB, 6-4, 211, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran The five-star outside linebacker also plans to visit Michigan and Oregon and also has Florida and nearby UCLA high on his list. P.J. Mbanasor CB, 6-1, 180, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson The four-star from the same high school as OU freshman Samaje Perine committed to the Sooners in June. Cassius Peat LB, 6-4, 235, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol Tim Kish has the Sooners in the mix for the outside linebacker who is also considering Michigan State, Texas A&M, Oregon, UCLA and hometown Arizona State. Martinas Rankin OT, 6-4, 295, Mendenhall, Miss. (Gulf Coast C.C.) The three-star is expected to graduate at semester and enroll at either OU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Louisville or Kentucky in January. Justin Reid S, 6-2, 193, Geismar (La.) Dutchtown Reid’s brother is former LSU All-American and current San Francisco 49ers star Eric Reid. Ykili Ross CB, 6-1, 183, Riverside (Calif.) Poly The four-star also has visits scheduled to Notre Dame and Miami and is expected to make his announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. Will Sunderland S, 6-2, 186, Midwest City The four-star, one of the state’s top recruits this season, plans to visit Ohio State in late November when the Buckeyes host Michigan. BY RYAN ABER
Mar 24, 2014
Bob Hoffman coached Mercer to a big upset of Duke on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. I wrote about Hoffman for the Sunday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. Hoffman is a graduate of Putnam City High School, where he played for the late Jim Koch.
Bob Hoffman: Another in a long legacy of coaches from Putnam City Original
Berry Tramel | Mar 24, 2014[img]2384301[/img] Bob Hoffman coached Mercer to a big upset of Duke on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. I wrote about Hoffman for the Sunday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. Hoffman is a graduate of Putnam City High School, where he played for the late Jim Koch. The 1970s were a glorious time for Putnam City. The Pirates were the premier school in the state. They won three state titles in football (1974, 1975, 1977) and in 1972 had perhaps the greatest high school basketball team in Oklahoma history, led by Alvan Adams. But here’s part of the legacy of Koch and Putnam City. Four of his players from the ’70s went on to become major college head coaches. * Hoffman, who coached Southern Nazarene’s women to the 1989 NAIA championship and Oklahoma Baptist’s men to two NAIA title games. Hoffman is in his sixth year at Mercer. * Jim Wooldridge, who coached Southwest Texas State to the 1994 NCAA Tournament and has been head coach of Central Missouri State in Division II, Southwest Texas State of the Southland Conference, Louisiana Tech of the Sun Belt, Kansas State and Cal-Riverside of the Big West. Wooldridge also spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Tim Floyd with the Chicago Bulls. Wooldridge now is athletic director at Cal-Riverside. * Darrell Johnson, who coached Oklahoma City University to back-to-back NAIA national titles and also coached Oklahoma Baptist and Baylor (1992-94). Johnson now is an NBA scout. * Phil Johnson, Darrell’s younger brother, who was head coach at two Oklahoma junior colleges, Northern and Seminole, and eventually became head coach at San Jose State twice, 1998-99 and 2002-05. In between, Johnson also was on Floyd’s staff with the Bulls. Johnson now is on Floyd’s staff at Texas-El Paso. Darrell Johnson and Wooldridge were teammates with Adams on that great 1972 Putnam City team. Phil Johnson and Hoffman came a few years after. A remarkable run of coaching talent developed by Jim Koch.