All-World Defensive Backs
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Thursday, July 21, 2011
7/21/11 at 6:04 AM
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1. Kevin Peterson
Senior • Wagoner • 6-0 • 175
Has excellent speed and makes an impact on both sides of the ball. Wagoner's Dale Condict said he is the "best corner I've coached." Had 52 tackles and two interceptions last year for the 4A state runner-up. On offense, had 1,074 yards and 14 TDs. Offered scholarships by Arizona, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech. Finished last season as No. 2 on this list.
2. Levi Copelin
Senior • Broken Arrow • 6-2 • 170
Will start at cornerback and wideout for the Tigers. Coach Steve Spavital said Copelin is his team's most versatile athlete. Had 23 tackles and four interceptions, including one returned for a TD last season. Also had 32 catches for 506 yards and a TD, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
3. Jimmy Carter
Senior • Wagoner • 6-0 • 160
Had 82 tackles last season with five interceptions, including one returned for a TD. Condict said "he loves to hit." Also a big-time playmaker on offense, he had 360 yards and seven TDs on 33 touches as halfback. Finished last season ranked No. 3 on this list. Also had five interceptions in 2009.
4. Zack Robinson
Senior • Tahlequah Sequoyah • 6-2 • 195
An impact player in the secondary and as a receiver. Had five interceptions, including two returned for TDs last year. On offense, had 39 catches for 690 yards and seven TDs. In a 46-43 win over 3A semifinalist Metro Christian, he had six catches for 147 yards and a TD, scored on a kickoff return, and knocked down a Metro pass on the final play.
5. Zach Eggleston
Senior • Beggs • 6-1 • 170
Had 10 interceptions and returned three for TDs last season to help Beggs reach the 3A quarterfinals. Also had 34 tackles and two fumble recoveries. On offense as a wideout, he caught 18 passes for 217 yards and five TDs. Finished No. 4 on this list last season. A World All-Metro second-team selection in 2010.
6. Patrick Bass
Senior • Cascia Hall • 5-11 • 185
Cascia coach Joe Medina described him as "the catalyst of the team." Bass led the Commandos with five interceptions last season despite missing two games with a torn labrum. Also had 733 yards on 100 carries with 12 TDs as a tailback. Averaged 11.7 yards as a punt returner and is the Commandos' punter. Finished No. 6 on this list last year.
7. Sonny O'Field
Senior • Tahlequah Sequoyah • 5-10 • 175
A threat to score anytime he's on the field. Holds school career interceptions record with 22. Scored last year on an interception, a pass, a kickoff return and punt return. Had 36 tackles and six interceptions last year. Finished No. 9 on this list in 2010.
8. Matt Linscott
Senior • Jenks • 6-1 • 190
Will anchor the Trojans' secondary at free safety. Had 79 tackles and 17 pass breakups to help the Trojans reach the 6A state title game last year. Tied for team lead with four interceptions and returned three for TDs. Had 11 tackles against Southmoore and 10 against Norman.
9. JoNiko Thomas
Senior • Union • 6-0 • 170
Came back after missing eight games due to an injury and had 22 tackles in six games to help the Redskins win the 6A state title. Averaged three pass deflections per game. Union coach Kirk Fridrich said, "JoNiko is a real special athlete and made a lot of great plays for us. If we felt there was a receiver we need to have covered, we put JoNiko on him."
10. Alex Maguire
Senior • Bishop Kelley • 5-11 • 185
Will see playing time at cornerback, safety, running back and wideout. Had 31 tackles last season as his playing time on both sides of the ball was limited by turf toe. Has rushed for 932 yards and scored 12 TDs over the last two seasons. As a corner, held current Texas Tech player Tre Porter to one catch in a 2009 playoff game against Midwest City Carl Albert.
There is still time to vote for your favorite high school football player in our 2011 All-World rankings. The voting concludes at 5 p.m. Aug. 14. Here's a look at how the players rank so far:
1. Tanner Smith, Verdigris, Jr.
2. Chase Talbert, Claremore, Sr.
3. Alex Ross, Jenks, Sr.
4. Dalshawn McFayden, Booker T. Washington, Sr.
5. Kendall Holmes, Union, Jr.
6. Cole Scheulen, Catoosa, Sr.
7. Solomon Prince, Metro Chr., Sr.
8. Zack Simmons, Lincoln Chr., Sr.
9. Cameron Wrenn, Broken Arrow, Jr.
10. Alton Adkins, Glenpool, Sr.
1. Hunter Atyia, Union, Jr.
2. Darrack Harger, Sand Springs, Sr.
3. Kason Key, Owasso, Sr.
4. Brayden Scott, Tahlequah Sequoyah, Jr.
5. T.J. Eckert, Bixby, Sr.
6. Andrew Hearon, Metro Chr., Sr.
7. Joe Sabatini, NOAH, Sr.
8. Ramsey Hamilton, Beggs, Sr.
9. Jerame Littell, Stillwater, Sr.
10. Tony Kiefer, McAlester, Sr.Receiver
1. Keon Hatcher, Owasso, Sr.
2. Brennan Evans, Lincoln Chr., Sr.
3. Kendal Davis, Union, Sr.
4. Drew Hillenburg, Metro Chr., Sr.
5. Adam Boyd, McAlester, Sr.
6. Stanvon Taylor, East Central, Jr.
7. Zac Veatch, Broken Arrow, Sr.
8. Jesse Vester, Stillwater, Sr.
9. Victor Williams, Muskogee, Sr.
10. Alvery Braxton, McAlester, Sr.
1. Sam Sabin, Jenks, Sr.
2. Sam Noble, Oologah, Jr.
3. Grant Christian, Union, Sr.
4. Blake Mejia, Union, Jr.
5. Derrick Crawford, East Central, Sr.
6. Frankie Arndt, Bishop Kelley, Sr.
7. Chance Russell, Owasso, Sr.
8. Montana Poorboy, Catoosa, Sr.
9. Alex Frazier, Broken Arrow, Sr.
10. Chase Duke, Sapulpa, Sr.Defensive lineman
1. Taylor Long, Bartlesville, Sr.
2. Ashton Henderson, Jenks, Sr.
3. Orion Jones, Jenks, Sr.
4. Connor Appelberg, Skiatook, Sr.
5. Damian Gibson, East Central, Sr.
6. Hunter Hart, Cascia Hall, Sr.
7. Heath Wilson, Wagoner, Sr.
8. Carlos Lozoya, Kiefer, Jr.
9. Joshua Jones, Edison, Sr.
10. Jesse Lane, McAlester, Sr.
1. Jake McGill, Bixby, Sr.
2. Justin Tomlinson, Berryhill, Sr.
3. Jordan Cunningham, Claremore, Jr.
4. Blace Walser, Union, Sr.
5. Conner Sherwood, Cascia Hall, Sr.
6. Jevonte Cross, East Central, Sr.
7. Kyle Crutchmer, Union, Sr.
8. Jarvis Hinson, Booker T. Washington, Sr.
9. Mike Evans, Booker T. Washington, Jr.
10. Jeremy Applegate, Wagoner, Sr.
Union running back Jalen Hearron nearly loses his helmet on a hit by Jenks' Matt Linscott in the first half of the Class 6A state championship game at Boone Pickens Stadium last December. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World