Tulsa-area football class of 2014 considered exceptionally talented
BY Staff Reports
Friday, February 22, 2013
2/22/13 at 6:26 AM
DEEP TALENT POOL
In Tulsa-area high school football, the current junior class is considered to be exceptionally talented. In most years, there might be 10 legitimate major-college prospects in the Tulsa area. Within the 2014 class, there are nearly 30. A look at some of the players who are expected to sign major-college letters of intent next year:
Broken Arrow, Linebacker
Akem, whose name is pronounced JAW-see uh-KEEM, has scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. He was contacted by Ole Miss this week.
Booker T. Washington, Defensive end
"He's probably the best defensive end I've coached," Hornets coach Marvin Dantzler says. Washington State is expected to extend an offer. Brailford has had dialogue with coaches from OU and Kansas State. Tulsa, OSU and Arkansas also are involved.
McLain, Wide receiver
McLain coach Jarvis Payne says Tulsa, OU, Michigan, Illinois, Memphis and Tennessee have expressed interest in the 6-3, 190-pound Carter. "He's a raw talent, but he's really good," Payne said. "He high-jumped 6-foot-6 in the state meet. He's an elite athlete."
Memorial, Defensive end
The 6-4, 222-pound Deane was invited to a Junior Day event at OU. Memorial coach Tony Daniels says Tulsa, OSU, Michigan and Memphis also have expressed interest. "He wants to play tight end (at the college level), but I could see him being a big-time defensive recruit," Daniels said. "He looks like a man among boys."
Tulsa, Colorado State and Memphis have extended offers. Harding attended a TU Junior Day event and was invited to an Alabama Junior Day tour of the Crimson Tide facilities. Harding also has attracted interest from OSU and K-State.
Union, Wide receiver
Clemson was the first to offer a scholarship to the 6-foot-6 1/2 wideout. OU, OSU, California and Washington State have offered. Southern Cal, Tennessee and Georgia Tech have expressed interest. "He's so athletic," Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital said. "You redshirt Jeffery Mead for a year, and he'll be a stud."
Bixby, Offensive lineman
At the start of his sophomore season, Miller weighed 196 pounds. This week, he weighed 284. The 6-3 Miller holds two Bixby program records in weight-lifting and could play center or guard at the college level. Tulsa already has offered a scholarship. Duke also is expected to offer. Miller attended an OSU Junior Day event. His parents are OSU graduates, but "Chandler is in love with the University of Tulsa," Bixby coach Loren Montgomery said.
Parker could wind up being the highest-rated defensive recruit in Oklahoma. He already has received offers from OU, OSU, TU, Alabama, Nebraska, North Carolina and Washington State. Reportedly, Notre Dame also is involved.
Berryhill, Defensive end
The 6-5, 230-pound Smith has received an offer from Tulsa. OU, OSU, Michigan, Tennessee, Memphis and Texas Tech are among other schools that have expressed interest. "This is all really about to hit for him, I think," Berryhill coach Pat Harper said. "He's a big, athletic, explosive kid - a prototypical defensive end. He averages about 40 yards a punt, without even trying very hard. If you put him at quarterback, he can throw the ball, too. He's the real deal."
Broken Arrow, Running back
In November, Thomas announced his commitment to OU. In December, he rescinded that commitment and announced his intention to sign with Oklahoma State. Thomas is among the fastest 100-meter sprint athletes in Oklahoma.
Additional 2014 area prospects expected to get major-college scholarship offers:
Tyler Base, Oologah, offensive lineman
Deangelo Brewer, Central, athlete (QB)
Coleby Evans, Union, linebacker
Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner, running back
Damian Howard, Broken Arrow, safety
Coleman Key, Broken Arrow, quarterback
Josh Kinzer, Owasso, safety
Bishop Louie, McLain, wide receiver
Carson Meier, Union, tight end
Daniel Moniz, Cl. Sequoyah, athlete (QB)
Cole Neph, Owasso, wide receiver
Slade Nordic, Bartlesville, running back
Cameron Oliver, Owasso, tight end
Trent Taber, Jenks, linebacker
Myles Tease, Booker T. Washington, wide receiver-defensive back
Brett Tye, Jenks, running back
Warren Walker, East Central, running back-linebacker
Connor Wood, Owasso, offensive line
Original Print Headline: Deep talent pool
Berryhill's Jeremy Smith has received an offer from Tulsa. OU, OSU, Michigan, Tennessee, Memphis and others have expressed interest. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World file