Claremore Daily Progress


January 29, 2013

RECRUITING: Area football players ready to make commitments


MUSKOGEE — Another player foregoing the partial scholarship offers of smaller schools in hopes of making it at the top of the collegiate ladder is Gore lineman Chance Douthit, who according to former Gore coach Lee Blankenship is going to walk on at Oklahoma State.

One of the big winners regarding area talent may be Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos have oral commitments from five area players – Muskogee offensive lineman Dexter McGriff, Fort Gibson running back and All-Phoenix MVP Jake Gandara, Wagoner linebacker Dylan Cantrell and Cade Shearwood, the All-Phoenix Large School Player of the Year as a quarterback but being recruited as a defensive back. Muskogee defensive lineman Dillon Rice initially committed to UCO but is also considering Northeastern A&M.

Speaking of NEO, Malcolm Love of Wagoner, who played cornerback there, is also headed to UCO.

Wagoner linebacker T.J. Ponds is trying to decide between Northeastern State and Missouri Southern. Vian wide receiver/linebacker Tre Locust has committed to Northeastern, Fort Gibson tight end Ned Adair has committed to East Central, and his FGHS teammate Andrew Brestel, an offensive lineman, is leaning toward Pitt State.

Wagoner quarterback Decarius Clark remains undecided. He was a quarterback and defensive back for the Bulldogs. has Oklahoma with the 13th-best group of commits nationally, tops among Big 12 teams, with Texas No. 18, West Virginia 22nd and Oklahoma State 25th.

Neither Oklahoma nor Oklahoma State has anyone on top 100 yet. Five of the top 10 are SEC schools with Florida topping the list. Alabama is third just behind Notre Dame and Texas A&M, which beat the Sooners in the Cotton Bowl, is eighth.

OU has six four-star players, two from the state. Joining Southmoore defensive end D.J. Ward and Tulsa East Central athlete Stanvon Taylor are Fresno, Calif., defensive back Hatari Byrd, Cypress Ranch (Texas) running back Keith Ford, Dallas Skyline defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins, Tulsa East Central athlete Stanvon Taylor and Colleyville (Texas) Heritage quarterback Cody Thomas.

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