The World's best: Jake Gandara
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Sunday, August 26, 2012
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Fort Gibson, RB-CB-KR, 5-8, 180, Sr.
Jake Gandara has gained a lot of attention because of his accomplishments as an offensive player, but he is a standout in all three phases of the game.
Last year as a running back, he rushed for 1,882 yards and he is being recruited by colleges primarily as a slot receiver.
"He has great vision and acceleration," Fort Gibson coach James Singleton said.
But, Singleton added, Gandara also is an outstanding cornerback.
"I enjoy playing cornerback and going one-on-one with a receiver," Gandara said.
Gandara first became a starter as a freshman at safety for Fort Gibson. He wears No. 20 because his favorite player as a kid was hard-hitting NFL defensive back Brian Dawkins.
"I like the way he played," Gandara said.
His current favorite player is Detroit Lions and former Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles.
"He's smart," Gandara said. "He's not the biggest or fastest but finds a way to get open and has good ball skills," Gandara said.
Six of Gandara's 25 TDs last year came on defense or as a kick returner.
"Returning kicks is my favorite thing to do," Gandara said.
Jake Gandara has been a starter at Fort Gibson since his freshman year. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World