Central Oklahoma concentrated on defense Feb. 5 on the first day high school players could sign a national letters of intent. With the group, Deer Creek pass rusher Eli Hooks inked to be a Broncho.
The Bronchos added 23 prep standouts, with 13 of those defenders. UCO inked 18 Oklahoma schoolboy stars along with four from Texas and one from Arkansas in addition to releasing the names of four mid-semester transfers who all play defense.
“We’re excited about the student-athletes that we were able to add to the Broncho family and those we added at the break,” third-year head coach Nick Bobeck said. “The group as a whole is very deep and we were able to meet all of our needs with some wiggle room for a couple late signees.
“The overall goal in recruiting is to better your team or organization by adding individuals that fit both schematically and socially. We have an outstanding group of young football players already on campus that will become even stronger with the addition of these student-athletes.
“With every recruiting class we want to get bigger, more physical and more athletic,” Bobeck continued. “I have no doubt that we were able to do that today and can’t wait to get them all on campus.”
The class of 23 high school signees was highlighted by five Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Staters — running back Lawrence Evitt of Wagoner, linebacker Johnny Jones of Douglass, quarterback Colton Lindsey of Christian Heritage Academy, offensive lineman David Seagle of Cascia Hall and defensive lineman Skyler Wood of Nowata.
High School Signings
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Samuel Bond Ath 6-5 210 Madill/Madill
Trevor Blassingame DL 6-2 280 Guthrie/Guthrie
Tristan Butcher LB 6-2 235 Coweta/Coweta
Adim Chukwurah DB 6-0 178 Norman/North
Lawrence Evitt RB 5-7 170 Wagoner/Wagoner
Hadyn Ford WR 6-3 180 Wagoner/Wagoner
Isaiah Freeman DE 6-3 215 Houston, Texas/North Shore
Noah Hammons OL 6-2 285 Moore/Westmoore
Colton Hinnrichs LB 6-3 205 Argyle, Texas/Argyle
Eli Hooks DE 6-2 215 Edmond/Deer Creek
Anthony Jammer DB 6-1 165 Houston, TX/North Shore
Johnny Jones LB 6-2 205 Oklahoma City/Douglass
Blake Kalman OL 6-5 293 Oklahoma City/Bethany
Colton Lindsey QB 6-3 190 Del City/Christian Heritage Academy
Caleb Moss TE 6-3 200 Rowlett, Texas/Heath
David Seagle OL 6-5 300 Tulsa/Cascia Hall
Tyler Sipe WR 6-3 205 Norman/North
Jordan Stafford DL 6-5 215 Hugo/Hugo
Myles Tease DB 5-10 173 Tulsa/Washington
Jaelon Walker RB 5-10 190 Moore/Southmoore
Josh Williams DB 6-2 173 North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock
Skyler Wood DL 6-3 270 Nowata/Nowata
Trey Wormington DE 6-6 210 Norman/North
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown/Previous School
Cody Jones DB 5-11 185 Jr. Bakersfield, CA/Bakersfield CC
Nick Koenig DE 6-3 235 Jr. Rapid City, S.D./Grossmont CC
Logan Orso DB 6-1 205 Jr. Citronelle, Ala./Dodge City CC
Tanner Rice DE 6-1 225 Jr. Coppell, TX/SMU
High School Signings
Samuel Band • 6-5 • 210 • Athlete • Madill
All-District selection at quarterback as a senior for Madill High School . . . Versatile athlete who also starred in baseball, basketball and track for the Wildcats . . . Father (Stewart) played at Southeastern Oklahoma . . . Has two older brothers playing college football — Spencer (East Central) and Paten (Southeastern).
Coach Bobeck Says: “A big athletic kid that played almost every position on his high school team. He might have sold popcorn at halftime. Sam is a big kid that can really run. He will play WR for us and will be a matchup nightmare with his combination of size and speed.”
Trevor Blassingame • 6-2 • 280 • Defensive Line • Guthrie
First-team Big-All City pick and second-team All-State selection by the Oklahoman as a senior at Guthrie High School after racking up 125 tackles with a Class 5A-best 15 sacks . . . Helped lead the Bluejays to back-to-back state championships . . . Finished with 362 tackles and 29 sacks for his career.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Trevor is a big rugged kid that can really set a point on the line of scrimmage. He comes from a hugely successful program and knows what it takes to be successful.”
Tristan Butcher • 6-2 • 235 • Linebacker • Coweta
Received All-District recognition as a senior at Coweta High School.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Tristan is a big physical kid who can really run. He exhibits exceptional instincts and tackles very well. He will add nice size and athleticism to our linebacker unit.”
Adim Chukwurah • 6-0 • 178 • Defensive Back • Norman (North)
Three-year starter at Norman North High School . . . Collected 127 tackles with four interceptions as a senior for the Timberwolves . . . Helped lead team to Class 6A state runner-up finish as a junior . . . Also a track standout, finishing as a regional finalist in the high jump.
Coach Bobeck Says: “He is a long kid with ball skills that excels in coverage. Adim adds size to our defensive backfield that is greatly needed.”
Lawrence Evitt • 5-7 • 170 • Running Back • Wagoner
Averaged an amazing 11.1 yards a carry as a senior at Wagoner High School, rolling up a Class 4A-best 2,641 yards and 31 touchdowns on 238 attempts . . . Helped lead the Bulldogs to the to the Class 4A state championship as a sophomore and to the state semifinals last fall . . . Two-time Tulsa World All-State selection and Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State in 2013 . . . District 4A-3, Verdigris Valley Conference and Muskogee Phoenix Player of the Year selection . . . Rushed for 6,652 yards and 78 TDs during career . . . Also a state runner-up in the 400-meter relay.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Lawrence is as explosive as they come with the ball in his hands. He is one of the fastest kids in the state combined with a low center of gravity that allows him to easily change directions.”
Hadyn Ford • 6-3 • 180 • Wide Receiver • Wagoner
Received All-District 4A-3 and Verdigris Valley All-Conference honors at Wagoner High School . . . Helped lead the Bulldogs to the to the Class 4A state championship as a sophomore and to the state semifinals last fall.
Coach Bobeck Says: “A versatile athlete that can really stretch the field. Hadyn fits our scheme very well with his size and ability to attack the football down the field.”
Isaiah Freeman • 6-3 • 215 • Defensive End • Houston, Texas (North Shore)
First-team All-District and honorable mention All-Stater last fall at North Shore High School in Houston.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Isaiah comes from one of the best programs in the state of Texas. His flexibility and burst to the ball set him apart as a pass rusher but is physical enough to play against the run.”
Noah Hammons • 6-2 • 285 • Offensive Line • Moore (Westmoore)
Two-time Moore Daily All-City honoree at Westmoore High School . . . Earned All-District accolades as a senior for the Jaguars . . . Helped lead Westmoore to the Class 6A state semifinals last fall.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Noah is a big strong kid with the ability to play with leverage and create movement on the line of scrimmage. He is a smart football player as well that can make all the calls on the offensive line.”
Colton Hinnrichs • 6-3 • 205 • Linebacker • Argyle, Texas
Led Argyle High School to a perfect 16-0 record and the Class 3A Division II state championship last fall, earning defensive MVP honors in title game with a 16-tackle performance . . . All-District, All-Area and All-State selection after finishing with 147 tackles, including 14 for loss . . . Also had two interceptions and four fumble recoveries . . . Soccer, baseball letterman.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Colton was the Defensive MVP of the 3A state championship in Texas so he can perform in pressure situations. He is a sure tackler and adds great length and physicality to our linebacker unit.”
Eli Hooks • 6-2 • 215 • Defensive End • Edmond (Deer Creek)
Had 14 sacks as a senior at Deer Creek High School in Edmond to earn Oklahoman first-team All-Big City honors . . . Also an All-District, Edmond Sun All-City and Class 5A All-Star selection . . . Compiled 236 tackles with 53 tackles for loss and 26 sacks his final two seasons with the Antlers . . . Four-year wrestling standout and a baseball letterman.
Coach Bobeck Says: “A play hard guy who knows how to use his hands and get to the quarterback. Eli has a knack for making big plays in the backfield. He has been extremely productive throughout his high school career.
Anthony Jammer • 6-1 • 165 • Defensive Back • Houston, Texas (North Shore)
All-District pick as a senior at North Shore High School in Houston, finishing with three interceptions . . . Brother (Devante Davis) plays at UNLV.
Coach Bobeck Says: “A long corner that played against great competition. Anthony is a very confident kid with special tools for a kid his size. He will bring added size to our defensive backfield.”
Johnny Jones • 6-2 • 205 • Linebacker • Oklahoma City (Douglass)
All-District and Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State selection last fall after helping lead Douglass High School to the Class 4A semifinals . . . Had six sacks and five interceptions as a senior for the Trojans . . . Finished with 250 career tackles . . . Also a baseball letterman.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Johnny is a young man with a special feel for the game and space awareness. He will fit nicely at either weakside or strongside linebacker.”
Blake Kalman • 6-5 • 293 • Offensive Line • Bethany
Four-year letterman and two-year two-way starter for Bethany High School . . . Earned Class 3A All-Star and District 3A-2 Offensive Lineman of the Year honors as a senior last fall . . . Made 82 career tackles . . . Also a track standout for the Bronchos.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Blake is a big, raw kid with uncommon flexibility that allows him to maintain blocks both on the line of scrimmage and the second level.”
Colton Lindsey • 6-3 • 190 • Quarterback • Del City (Christian Heritage)
Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Stater as a senior at Christian Heritage Academy . . . Also earned district Offensive Player of the Year accolades after completing 144-of-212 passes for 1,748 yards and 18 touchdowns while also rushing for 716 yards and eight TDs in just eight games . . . Basketball letterman.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Colton is a big athletic kid that played both sides of the football for Christian Heritage Academy. He is a kid that brings versatility and strong leadership skills to the quarterback position.”
Caleb Moss • 6-3 • 200 • Tight End/H-back • Rowlett, Texas (Heath)
All-District and All-Region performer at Heath High School . . . Also lettered in baseball, basketball and track.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Caleb is the son of a coach that understands how to play the game. He is athletic enough to be effective in the passing game and plays with physicality in the run game. His versatility allows him to split out, play attached or align in the backfield.”
David Seagle • 6-5 • 300 • Offensive Line • Tulsa (Cascia Hall)
Picked up Oklahoma Coaches Association and Oklahoman All-State recognition last fall at Cascia Hall High School . . . District 4A-3 Offensive Lineman of the Year and Tulsa World All-Metro selection as well . . . Two-way starter on the line, picking up 35 tackles and two sacks on defense . . . Also a basketball and track letterman.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Another offensive line prospect with a huge upside. He is a long flexible kid that will bring athleticism to a very talented offensive line unit.”
Tyler Sipe • 6-3 • 205 • Wide Receiver • Norman (North)
Norman North High School Defensive Player of the Year last fall and an All-District pick . . . Helped lead the Timberwolves to the Class 6A state finals as a junior . . . Also a state qualifier in track.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Tyler is another long athletic kid who could play several positions as he did in high school. He will play inside receiver at UCO where he will add great size and athleticism.”
Jordan Stafford • 6-5 • 215 • Defensive Line • Hugo
Garnered All-District recognition as a senior at Hugo High School after collecting 70 tackles with 10 sacks and six broken up passes . . . Also a four-year basketball letterman.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Jordan is a raw athlete who played one year of high school football. He has uncommon length and a huge upside. His athleticism will allow him to create pressure on the quarterback.”
Myles Tease • 5-10 • 173 • Defensive Back • Tulsa (Washington)
All-District performer as a senior at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa . . . Ran on state championship 800-meter relay team in track and also a basketball letterman . . . Mother (Paula) played basketball at Northeastern State.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Myles is an exceptional athlete that played all over the field for Tulsa Booker T. Washington. He exhibits great hip flexibility which allows him to easily transition from a back pedal to sprint.”
Jaelon Walker • 5-10 • 190 • Running Back • Moore (Moore)
Saw action at running back and wide receiver during career at Southmoore High School, finishing with 2,441 rushing/receiving yards for his career . . . Had 153 carries for 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, averaging 7.5 yards a carry.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Another running back who will fit seamlessly into our offensive scheme. Jaelon is an exceptional one cut back with the speed to score from anywhere on the field.”
Josh Williams • 6-2 • 173 • Defensive Back • North Little Rock, Ark.
Two-time All-Conference pick at North Little Rock High School . . . Also a track letterman . . . Helped lead the Wildcats to conference championship.
Coach Bobeck Says: “A long, rangy safety with the ability to play corner. Josh is a very natural athlete that is not afraid of contact and exhibits great skill when the ball is in the air.”
Skyler Wood • 6-2 • 270 • Defensive Line • Nowata
Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Stater as a senior at Nowata High School . . . Two-time district Defensive Player of the Year pick . . . Racked up 228 tackles with 91 for loss, including 33 sacks, as a junior and senior . . . Also lettered in track.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Explosive kid who can really recreate the line of scrimmage. His ball get off and hand placement allow him to separate from blocks and make plays in the backfield.
Trey Wormington • 6-6 • 210 • Defensive End • Norman (North)
Earned All-District honors at Norman North High School . . . Helped lead the Timberwolves to Class 6A state runner-up finish as a junior.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Trey is another long rangy defensive end. He plays with uncommon flexibility for a kid as tall as he is and will continue to gain weight.”
Cody Jones • 5-11 • 185 • Defensive Back • Junior • Bakersfield, Calif.
Transfer from Bakersfield (Calif.) Community College . . . Earned first-team All-Conference honors with the Renegades last fall.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Cody is a big physical corner that can really run. He played for one of the best junior colleges in California and is accustomed to playing in big games.”
Nick Koenig • 6-3 • 235 • Defensive End • Junior • Rapid City, S.D. (Stevens)
Transfer from Grossmont (Calif.) Community College . . . Racked up 52 tackles with 11 sacks and two interceptions as a sophomore last fall . . . All-Conference as a senior at Stevens High School.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Nick is a long athletic defensive end that plays with great energy. His athleticism allows him to create pressure and even drop into coverage.”
Logan Orso • 6-1 • 205 • Defensive Back • Junior • Citronelle, Ala.
Played at two different junior colleges, spending freshman year at College of DuPage (Ill.) and last season at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College . . . Second-team All-Conference at DuPage after collecting 100 tackles with five sacks and three interceptions . . . Made 84 tackles with eight sacks and four interceptions in earning honorable mention All-Conference honors at Dodge City . . . All-District pick as a senior at Citronelle (Ala.) High School.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Logan is a physical kid that is accustomed to playing around the line of scrimmage. He adds a dimension of toughness to our back end.”
Tanner Rice • 6-1 • 225 • Defensive End • Junior • Coppell, Texas
Transfer from Southern Methodist who didn’t play last year . . . All-State as a senior at Coppell (Texas) High School while earning All-District and All-Area honors twice . . . Also a two-time All-Region wrestler.
Coach Bobeck Says: “Physical defensive end who creates issues with his relentless effort. He will add a hard edge to our defensive football team.”
Central Oklahoma concentrated on defense Feb. 5 on the first day high school players could sign a national letters of intent. With the group, Deer Creek pass rusher Eli Hooks inked to be a Broncho.
Broncho Gibbs stacks up honors
Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs was a repeat first-team selection on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team that was released by the league office Tuesday.
The 6-5 senior forward is averaging 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game .
Gibbs, who leads the league in rebounds and ranks third in scoring, has had 17 double-doubles this season. He’s also second in the MIAA in 3-pointers per game with 2.4, having made 66 treys while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
SLIDESHOW: Lady Wolves win Area basketball title
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves won the Area basketball title with a win over Norman North at Choctaw Thursday evening.
Santa Fe thwarts Norman North offense
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves added another plaque to their collection and took one more step toward a gold ball Thursday night.
Edmond took down a feisty Norman North squad 64-47 at Choctaw High School to win the Class 6A west area tournament and advance to the state tournament that begins March 13.
“We’re going to enjoy that for tomorrow and now we’ve got to go find who we play on Saturday and we’re going to focus,” said Paul Bass, Santa Fe head coach. “It’s one game at a time. We’re 24-1, but that really doesn’t matter because now we’re in the third tournament of the year for us. This is the one that’s most important — get to state and try to get that gold ball.”
Defensive battle falls in favor of Deer Creek
A pair of defensive teams coming out on each other, both 20-5 Deer Creek and 20-5 Collinsville played to a 20-19 score after three periods with the Lady Antlers on top Thursday night at Owasso High School in a Class 5A area championship game.
The final panel wasn’t much different, as Deer Creek used two mammoth defensive plays by Dakota Vann to stave off the Cardinals 31-28 and advance to the state tournament beginning March 13.
“Last week at practice, I told the girls that the road to get back to the state tournament was that somebody was going to have to make a play,” defending state champion Deer Creek coach Totsy Manning said after the victory over Collinsville. “I told the girls to go out and make a good play.”
Vann, a 5-10 junior, did just that — twice.
Bartlesville’s 6-2 star forward Hailey Tucker averaged over 22 points a game for the Lady Bruins this year.
But not with Edmond Memorial’s Elise Wyatt on her.
Thursday night in a Class 6A area consolation contest at Sapulpa High School, Wyatt and the Lady Bulldogs ended Bartlesville’s season and stayed alive in the high school playoffs with a 48-42 triumph. Memorial will tip off with Putnam North — a team that beat the Lady ‘Dogs at the final horn in the semifinals of the Bruce Gray Invitational — at 1:30 Saturday at Catoosa High School in a do-or-die contest to make it to the state tournament.
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USA sitting volleyball hires Kraeer as UCO-based mens sitting team head coach
The University of Central Oklahoma-based U.S. mens sitting volleyball team welcomes a new head coach, Quinton Kraeer. The university is the official training site for both the mens and womens sitting volleyball teams.
Kraeer will take over the mens program after serving as an assistant for the last several months. He brings nine years of volleyball coaching experience to the team and has served as a pipeline assistant for both the mens and womens teams since 2008.
2014 Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series coming to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
The Oklahoma City RedHawks have announced the schedule for the fourth annual Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series, set to begin this week at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The series begins with three games Saturday and will culminate Saturday, April 5 during the Mayor’s Cup, featuring a triple-header between the three high schools from Edmond and Moore.
The Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series gives teams and their fans from around the state a chance to have a “professional” experience complete with the use of batting cages, dugouts and state-of-the-art scoreboards.
Sterling Fans 9 in 11-2 victory over Washburn
Jared Sterling went the distance against Washburn (4-4, 4-4 MIAA) striking out nine and walking just two as Central Oklahoma (9-3, 5-3 MIAA) defeated the Ichabods, 11-2, on a dreary Saturday afternoon at Wendell Simmons Field.
Sterling retired the first seven hitters he faced as he scattered five hits over nine innings. Both runs were unearned in the fifth as both runners reached on an error. When the Ichabods did have a runner on base, Sterling twice induced an inning-ending double play.
The Ichabods leadoff man reached base only twice, once in the fifth via an error and a leadoff single in the ninth. The runner in the ninth was part of a double play that ended the game as Sterling gave an emphatic fist pump.
Deer Creek sweeps home regional
Lady Antler Whitney Jones stole an outlet pass with just less than 25 seconds to play in regulation with the game tied at 51 Saturday afternoon at Deer Creek High School in the regional championship.
After a time-out, Antler Dakota Vann drove to the goal, drew a foul in the process and converted a pair of free throws as fifth-rated Deer Creek went on to defeat Del City 55-51 for the regional crown. The Lady Antlers, 20-5, play at Owasso for the area championship against Collinsville at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with the winner advancing to the state tournament. The Lady Cardinals ripped McAlester 66-30 in their regional championship.
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